Like so many other little girls, my daughter is "Princess" and "Fairy" crazy. Since so many of these products push the message that beauty is everything, I do have a problem with this craze. However, I happily accepted Tinkerbell into our house since she is a good problem solver, fixer, and builder - things not often pushed for girls.
Imagine my horror when I started skimming this book before reading it to my daughter! In this book we learn that Tink is actually a terrible builder/fixer. The only reason she has ever been good at being a "tinker fairy" is that she has a special magic hammer. When she loses it, everything she touches goes wrong. If she had just lost her confidence along with her hammer, I wouldn't have minded. She would have learned that she could make great things on her own before finding her lost hammer at the end of the story. No... in this story, nothing goes right until the special magic hammer is back. Terrible message for both girls and boys.
In addition, as other reviewers have noted, Tink keeps refusing to tell anyone about her problem (the lost hammer). She simply won't ask for help. Why? Is she afraid that some other fairy will take her hammer thus proving to everyone that Tink is NOT a good tinker fairy? Is she just afraid to admit a mistake? Again, why?
If you like seeing your little girl preening in a mirror, dressing up in "fancy" clothes, acting helpless in the face of any problems, maybe this book will appeal to you. If you are trying to slip in the message that pretty is nice but determined problem slovers win the race, then stick to the Tinkerbell movie and skip this terrible book.