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April and Esme, Tooth Fairies [Paperback]

Bob Graham
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9 April 2013
Two young tooth fairies make their first lost-tooth collection in Bob Graham’s warm, whimsical tale.

A Junior Library Guild Selection. April Underhill, seven-year-old tooth fairy, gets a call on her cell phone. This is it! Her first tooth collection. April and her little sister, Esme, must convince Mom and Dad to let them take on the task all by themselves. But soon, two tiny fairies fly off into the night, over a highway of thundering eighteen-wheelers, eager to prove how grown up they can be. As always, the charm is in the visual details: the pony-tailed, winged dad in baggy jeans; the snug fairy house with teeth dangling from the rafters like wind chimes. Once again, Bob Graham has crafted a tale of heartwarming adventure, magical yet very real.

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA); Reprint edition (9 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763663476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763663476
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 17.5 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 250,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars April and Esme, Tooth Fairies 16 Sep 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
a wonderful book my 5 year old grandson loves to read this over and over again. a fab story i enjoyed it too!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tooth Fairies 11 Jan 2011
By Catherine W. Hughes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
When Daniel Dangerfield looses his first tooth, his grandmother gives two fairies, April and Esme Underhill, a call. The two young tooth fairies take off into the night sky, dropping down to Daniel's doorstep. Finding the tooth in a glass of water, April swims to the bottom of the glass to pick it up. When Daniel wakes for a moment, the two young fairies tell him that they are "spirits of the air," disappearing down the hall to take a peak into his grandmother's room. Flying off into the night, the two fairies travel home to sleep tight through the rest of the night. This is a lovely picture book for young children, ages 4-7, curious about the origins of the tooth fairy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sisters April and Esme 24 Mar 2011
By A. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
April and Esme are a 6 and 7 years old and have been requested for their first assignment to gather a tooth! How very exciting... if their parents agree to let them take the job.

I love the idea of glimpsing a tooth fairy's normal life! And I liked how the story was as much about being tooth fairies as it was about parents' coming to terms with their children growing up.

So, for me personally this book was more of a three star, but I can see the appeal so I'm giving it four.
I just found the style was sometimes classic and charming, and sometimes hip and modern, and never really settled. Ditto on the illustrations.

Still all in all it's pretty cute!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Tooth Story 16 Oct 2010
By Kate Coombs - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
April and Esme Underhill are the children of Tooth Fairy parents, living in a tiny house nestled against a tree stump. Imagine seven-year-old (and three quarters!) April's surprise and joy when she gets a request for a tooth pick-up, her very first. What's more, she's going to bring her little sister Esme along. At first her parents say no, but they gradually come around, and the two girls are off on a splendid adventure, carrying a coin in a mesh bag as they fly across the countryside and into the suburban home where one Daniel Dangerfield is sleeping. They make the money/tooth exchange, though not without incident, then wing home in triumph.

This story is pretty simple, but it's just so lovely, and there are two reasons for that: first, Bob Graham's text shows a rich awareness of how real people, especially real children, talk and act. For example, April gets the tooth request on her cell phone, and when she hangs up and her dad asks what the call was about, she replies, "Don't say anything, Daddy... We're collecting a boy's tooth tonight, and I have to write this down." Later, when she and Esme reach Daniel's house and are wondering where his room is, they decide their best bet is to follow the trail of toys. Look also for a funny moment in Daniel's grandmother's room.

The other reason April and Esme is so very nice is Graham's endearing artwork. It's hard to believe his illustrations can be so darn cute without being overly sentimental. Watch for mundane yet clever details: the teeth swinging from the ceiling of the Underhills' cottage, the way Mrs. Underhill takes a bath in a (human sized) teacup and plays a game with her winged children using her blow dryer, also the fact that the toilet is apparently made from an egg cup. (I think the sink is a thimble.) As always, Graham's characters are sturdy and ordinary looking, though here they have the minor addition of wings. Even the family dog has fairy wings!

Graham understands that real life is just a bit grungy, so his cover art, while it shows the two little girls flying through the night above some flowers, includes a popsicle stick and a soda can tab amongst the dandelion leaves and grass. Plus the kids' clothes are slightly mismatched and askew.

This small team runs into a surprising difficulty during the tooth retrieval, but April handles things with perfect logic and even panache. Upon their return home, the two fairy children are greeted with lots of hugs, and we get a hint about the eventual fate of the teeth that have been collected. Graham makes an interesting decision on the last page: he ends the story with a wistful, wide-angle glimpse of the little cottage dreaming on its hill. The language in this brief epilogue sounds like something out of a fairy tale... Which only makes sense.

I think what I like best about Bob Graham is how lovingly he portrays families--and what loving families he portrays. I also recommend his books How to Heal a Broken Wing and "Let's Get a Pup!" Said Kate.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not recommended 31 July 2013
By John Morlier - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I found this story too simple, even for my 4 year old granddaughter. There is also at least one gap in the plot.
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