The Toothless Tooth Fairy by Shanelle Hicks

21971613Title: The Toothless Tooth Fairy

Author: Shanelle Hicks

Illustrated By: Anca Delia Budeanu

Publisher: Mirror Publishing

Publication Date: April 11, 2014

Pages: 28

Genre: Picture Book

Book Summary (from Goodreads)

Bella had it all. The hair, the dress, and the smile. One day, her most important asset was missing…her tooth! Will Bella find the perfect tooth in time for the contest? Will Zelda, the meanest of the fairies, destroy Bella’s chances of winning the crown? Take a journey onto Cloud Nine as Bella searches for a new tooth only to discover the tooth…I mean truth…behind her true beauty.


I was very excited when I received this book in the mail. We haven’t been able to review any picture books, and I was looking forward to doing so.

The author started the book well. (Beware, spoilers follow!) It looked like a book where there was a moral lesson with great illustrations an a fun concept. It starts off well, the message being that beauty isn’t as important as kindness. But the message gets lost when the first few pages talk about how pretty Bella is, with one sentence about how her kindness is the most beautiful part of her, the Miss Tooth Fairy Smile competition seems to be all about how you look. When the mean tooth fairy, Zelda, sabotages Bella’s attempts at the contest, Bella loses a tooth. She then goes on a search for a replacement from children who are about to lose their teeth.

As tooth fairies go, she doesn’t seem to be a very good one! She pulls one little girl’s tooth out, but loses it and leaves an IOU behind. She’s focused on her appearance and winning the competition, rather than what she’s doing to the children and their teeth. At one point she even uses pliers! When she goes back, sad that she’ll be without her tooth, there’s no mention made that maybe her actions weren’t the best idea.

The ending where Zelda turns into a witch, but is then saved by Bella’s love, is a bit out of left field for me. I see what the author is trying to accomplish there, but it fell short of the mark for me.

The book isn’t bad. The multicultural elements of the illustrations are nice, the implied message is good even though flawed. The illustrations are humorous and match the story (important in a picture book) and really are well done. Overall, its an okay read. The age level is hard to pin point, as I think its geared for much younger children, who may not be losing teeth yet and for whom some of the implied lessons will be hard to grasp. If you’re willing to discuss things with your child as you read, it could be good.


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Book provided by author in exchange for honest review.


2 thoughts on “The Toothless Tooth Fairy by Shanelle Hicks

  1. I love your blog! My friends and I are teachers so we browse blogs for new books. We just bought this book for our classroom for this school year. While I can appreciate different viewpoints, I just thought it would be helpful to mention the wonderful messages in this book. I took away the powerful messages of kindness, forgiveness, and inner beauty that wasn’t mentioned in your review. Bella’s confidence is strong in the beginning, but by the end, she along with others have learned that beauty is only skin deep and it’s what’s on the inside that counts. In my opinion, I think the book had to be set up like that in the beginning to show the transformation. It was wonderfully executed.

    • Hello and thank you! As I said in the review, I saw that the author was trying to push those messages through in the book, but I (and a few other Book Geeks) did not feel that the message was fully executed. BUT – everyone reads things differently! I’m sure the kids in your classes will enjoy the book, and I hope you have much success with it!

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