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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Olivia is a princess and lives in a castle. She loves having adventures with her best friend and knight, Lambie. One thing she doesn’t like to do is brush her teeth. Her parents are constantly trying to get her to brush her teeth. Olivia thinks it’s a waste of time and even manages to hide her toothbrushes in the hopes of avoiding the task. One day, after she loses a tooth, she places it in a special box under her pillow, knowing the tooth fairy will come at night and leave her a dollar. Imagine her surprise when the next morning, the tooth is still there and there’s no dollar. She and Lambie are off to see the tooth fairy to find out why her tooth wasn’t replaced with a dollar. Was it because she was a princess and didn’t need the money? Or is there another reason, like perhaps her tooth wasn’t good enough?
Kim Wanoa’s picture book story, Olivia and Lambie: The Tooth Fairy’s Assistant, is a clever way to encourage young readers to take care of their teeth and to brush regularly. The story is told in rhyming verse with a lyrical lilt like a good fairy tale. With beautiful, colorful illustrations, the plot follows Olivia’s fun and games, her resistance to brushing her teeth, and what happened when she neglected her teeth. She learns the importance of dental hygiene as well as the well-versed tooth fairy’s motto about flossing and brushing. The story will have young readers chuckling along as they learn about taking care of their teeth. At the end of the book is a repeat of the tooth fairy’s motto and a page from the story left blank for the young reader to color.