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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
The Tooth Fairy's Tummy Ache is a children’s picture book written by Lori Orlinsky and illustrated by Vanessa Alexandre. Losing the first tooth is both an exciting and strange part of growing up. But what if you accidentally swallow that first tooth? How do you leave it under your pillow for the Tooth Fairy? Will she even visit the house if there’s no tiny white tooth awaiting her? The little girl in this story was biting on a sweet, crisp apple when she felt a crack and realized her tooth had come loose. What a shock when she realized that she swallowed it along with that bite of the apple! What should she do? The plan she comes up with seems to work -- at first, that is -- but the little trick she plays on the Tooth Fairy causes all manner of difficulties.
The Tooth Fairy's Tummy Ache is a humorous look at what is probably a relatively common occurrence. The child’s pragmatic approach to the problem seems like it worked until it doesn’t. Orlinsky’s story eloquently illustrates why it’s always better to be upfront about problems, even things like swallowing a lost tooth. The Tooth Fairy’s solution is one that works brilliantly on so many levels. This is one of those kids’ books that is funny and filled with the silly goodness kids love, while at the same time it teaches them the importance of being honest and asking adults for help when they have a problem. Vanessa Alexandre’s bright and colorful illustrations work so well with the text. I especially liked the drawing of the Tooth Fairy sitting on her giant toothbrush as she ponders the strange tooth she receives and the images of her Workshop and fairy friends. The Tooth Fairy's Tummy Ache is most highly recommended.