|Tallulah the Tooth Fairy CEO|
Author: Pizzoli, Tamara
Tallulah the Tooth Fairy, a black businesswoman who runs one of the most successful tooth collecting organizations in the world, finds herself unexpectedly stumped when six-year-old Ballard Burchell leaves a note instead of his tooth under his pillow.
Kirkus Reviews (+) (05/01/19)
School Library Journal (07/01/19)
Booklist (+) (10/01/19)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 07/01/2019 K-Gr 2—Tallulah isn't your normal tooth fairy; she's the CEO of all the tooth fairies! With her cool hand at the helm of her organization, everything runs smoothly until a child loses a tooth meant for retrieval, and Tallulah must find a solution. The first half focuses on her jet-setting persona and her weekly routine, which includes going to art museums and getting drinks with Mrs. Claus, while the second half reads more like a traditional picture book. While it's refreshing to see a woman of color not only represented as a classic fantasy figure, as they are often depicted exclusively as white, but also as a successful businesswoman and entrepreneur, arguably the text could have focused more on the plot and less on establishing the character. Still, parents will smirk at the gentle jabs to corporate culture that the book references. Illustrations are smooth and give a sleek modern feel to the piece, with images of teeth hidden throughout. VERDICT A fun, solid addition to contemporary fairy tale collections.—Peter Blenski, Hartland Public Library, WI - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 10/01/2019 *Starred Review* Tallulah (Tooth Fairy, CEO) is Fashion-Week chic. Dressed from head to toe in stylish clothes—often with a subtle tooth pattern or accessory—this high-fashion, thoroughly modern Black woman will win the admiration of all young readers. When Tallulah is not meeting with her therapist or doing her self-care routine of yoga, Pilates, reading, and visiting art galleries, she is busy with her tooth fairy enterprise. She runs a full operation with employees to supervise—yes, there is more than one tooth fairy! Tallulah resembles a fabulous friend or aunt who blends into everyday life—no wings, she just dons a pair of night-vision goggles for her nightly tooth-collecting missions. The author does a fantastic job of crafting an engaging and believable story for children who want to know about the tooth fairy. The illustrations cleverly inject pop-art references and switch between vibrant, saturated colors for Tallulah’s daytime activities and a plum-colored palette for her secret nighttime missions. When she encounters a snag in her usual tooth-retrieval routine, her thoughtful solution will only make readers love her more. This is a must-have for all collections. Children and adults alike will fall in love with this hilarious picture book. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.