Monday, June 17, 2013

April and Esme: Tooth Fairies


Author & Illustrator:   Bob Graham
Publisher:  Candlewick
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.

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