Dad, Are You The Tooth Fairy?

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Is there really a tooth fairy? World-famous actor Jason Alexander (Seinfeld, Pretty Woman, Shallow Hal) weaves a fresh, funny, and magical tale about this age-old question.

When Gaby overhears some older kids on the playground saying that the tooth fairy is just make-believe, he goes straight to his father to find out the truth. The enchanting tale his dad tells him of a time long ago when mysterious and magical creatures lived on the earth ...

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Overview

Is there really a tooth fairy? World-famous actor Jason Alexander (Seinfeld, Pretty Woman, Shallow Hal) weaves a fresh, funny, and magical tale about this age-old question.

When Gaby overhears some older kids on the playground saying that the tooth fairy is just make-believe, he goes straight to his father to find out the truth. The enchanting tale his dad tells him of a time long ago when mysterious and magical creatures lived on the earth will delight and entertain children and adults alike.

For any child who has ever wondered about the existence of the tooth fairy, this original and reassuring story will satisfy their curiosity and give them the power to believe magical things can happen!

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Publishers Weekly
Actor Alexander puts aside his sitcom schtick and Broadway dancing shoes to impart some parental wisdom in his first book for children. Unfortunately, the result is a treacly mess. Like most kids, young Gaby believes in magic. He's thrilled that the tooth fairy leaves coins and notes for him when he places a baby tooth in a special envelope under his pillow. But as he gets older and hears talk from more worldly kids about fairies being nonsense, he decides to get to the bottom of things. The titular query to his father results in a confusing story-within-a-story about the legend of magic fairies and how they communicate with modern-day parents and kids. Though Alexander's heart may be in the right place, few kids will likely have the patience for this convoluted tale and may well be disappointed in the ethereal answer given by Gaby's dad. Spears, also making his picture book debut, delivers a combination of realistic and exaggerated family portraits where Dad sometimes resembles Jerry Seinfeld, fittingly enough. The artist also creates a rainbow-hued fairy realm teeming with mystical creatures. Ages 4-8. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Gaby had always received notes from the tooth fairy as well as money. He was surprised to hear from his friends that there was no tooth fairy, that it was really moms and dads. When Gaby confronted his father, he told Gaby, "The only honest answer I can give." As people turned away from magic, the creatures of magic, such as dragons, unicorns and fairies began to fade. While it is parents who take the teeth, the notes they write come from a voice inside their heads. Children must trust that it is the voice of the fairies or they, too, will vanish just as the unicorns did. Based on the actual conversation the actor had with his son, this is a heartfelt way to respond to that inevitable question without destroying the magic and the belief in something intangible. Primary grade children, the audience for this book, will find humor and sophistication in the illustrations which have a resemblance to today's animated cartoons. 2005, Orchard Books, Ages 6 to 9.
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School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Gaby likes losing his baby teeth because it means a visit from Gwyneth, his own personal tooth fairy. However, older children have planted the seeds of doubt regarding the existence of not only the tooth fairy, but also of superheroes, fairy-tale characters, and the Easter Bunny. Gaby questions his father, saying, "I need the absolutely total honest truth.-" Dad promises "the only honest answer I can give" and then proceeds to spin a convoluted tale about a time when dinosaurs and dodo birds walked the Earth alongside wizards, unicorns, and fairies. As people began to take control of the world, the magic began to fade. The last remaining fairy promised to speak through parents and leave treasures for children as long as they believe. This poorly written story is tediously long and wordy, replete with sentence fragments as well as sentence after sentence beginning with "and" or "but." The garishly colored cartoons resemble nightmarish hallucinations, as opposed to a fantasy realm that any youngster would care to visit. For a classic title on the topic, stay with Lucy Bate's Little Rabbit's Loose Tooth (Random, 1988).-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439667456
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/11/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Fun Reading

    It is a very interesting and fun reading. My son loved it,!

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  • Posted October 27, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius" for Kids @ TeensReadToo.com

    Ever since young Gaby lost his first tooth, the same ritual has happened--he leaves his tooth in a special envelope under his pillow, and receives three things in return: a silver dollar, a bright shiny penny, and a letter from Gwyneth, his personal tooth fairy. <BR/><BR/>But when Gaby hears, as children do, that the tooth fairy is none other than his parents, he goes directly to his father for an honest answer. His dad goes on to tell him the story of fairies, and how they had to leave the Earth when people stopped believing in them. Their voice, he says, is what guides the gifts and letter that his father leaves. <BR/><BR/>I loved this book. Besides being beautifully illustrated, I truly enjoyed the story of magical beings and life that the author desribes. I only offer one word of caution. My children are at the age where one wholeheartedly believes in the tooth fairy, and the other still wants to believe. Unless you want a lot of questions--and probably some tears when the truth is discovered--you might do well to stress to your kids that this is a work of fiction. I, for one, still want my children to carry that hope of magic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2007

    Perfect--for some.

    I loved this book. My 7-year-old has been questioning the existence of the tooth fairy, and I've been torn between wanting to be honest, and wanting to let her live the magic just a little longer. This book strikes the perfect balance for our family, allowing for honesty, and a reminder of the possibilities within us. I'd definitely recommend that parents look through the book first, so they can decide if it works for their families. I didn't have that option, but was fortunate that it was exactly what I was looking for.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2007

    Makes You Smile

    This book was fabulous.....I picked it up at the library to read after my youngest (7) told me he didn't believe in the tooth fairy anymore. I think it's a great book that new parents should read so they can use the idea with their children. It made me misty eyed thinking of how clever the father was in this story to still have his son believe in the tooth fairy. I'm going to buy one for each of my children and continue to buy it for friends with new children.........

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2007

    Book needs a warning

    DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK FOR CHILDREN WHO BELIEVE IN THE 'MAGICAL' EVENTS OF CHILDHOOD. My kindergarten-age son came home from school with this book. He had picked the book for the cover, but didn't know what the title was. When I saw the title, I gently took it from him and read it by myself. I was SHOCKED and ANGRY that this book was available to my son. I am generally not in favor of censorship, but I do not think this book should be in an elementary school library, but if it is available, it should require parental permission to check out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2007

    Great Book

    This really is a great book, for the kids, my Child loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2006

    DON'T BUY THIS BOOK FOR YOUNG CHILDREN!

    The only reason to buy this book would be to disappoint your children that there is no Tooth Fairy. Our K-4 school had this book at the Scholastic book Fair. Thank Goodness I read it and put it aside so no young child bought it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2005

    PARENTS COME IN ALL SIZES AND SHAPES

    Jasons book was fun to read through and was a nice surprise. Glad we bought it.

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