Monday, June 17, 2013
April and Esme: Tooth Fairies
Author & Illustrator: Bob Graham
Publication Year: 2010
Location: Knox County Public Library- Powell
Awards: 2011 Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book; 2011 ALA Notable Children’s Books, Younger Readers; Horn Book Fanfare, Best Books of 2010, Picture Books
Summary: Young tooth fairies April & Esme go out on their first tooth fairy assignment. Their parents think they're too young to go, but they convince them. They encounter lots of problems: a tooth in a glass of water and an awakened young boy; but they finally make it home successfully.The traditionally framed illustrations are placed in a non-traditional way on the pages and almost give a comic strip feel. The inclusion of blue jeans, texting, and even a tattoo update the idea of tooth fairies in a charming way!
Classroom Ideas: Good example of dialogue, written more like a traditional novel then most picture books. It would also be a great story to use as a mentor text where kids write about the first time they did something without their parents' help.