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Mabel the Tooth Fairy and How She Got Her Job

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Mabel, the tooth fairy, hated brushing, and she hated flossing, and, well, you can imagine what happened to her choppers. It was disgusting. But then she came up with a plan to get her smile back . . . .
With all the charm and sly humor that has made her a favorite of booksellers and librarians, Katie Davis gives us the story the fairy tales censor. It will have you laughing so hard your teeth will fall out! ...
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Overview


Mabel, the tooth fairy, hated brushing, and she hated flossing, and, well, you can imagine what happened to her choppers. It was disgusting. But then she came up with a plan to get her smile back . . . .
With all the charm and sly humor that has made her a favorite of booksellers and librarians, Katie Davis gives us the story the fairy tales censor. It will have you laughing so hard your teeth will fall out! (Just be sure to leave them under your pillow.)

Relates how Mabel Becaharuvic's failure to brush or floss her own teeth turned her from an ordinary fairy into the Tooth Fairy.

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Publishers Weekly
Davis (Who Hops?) blends dental hygiene tips and appropriately tongue-in-cheek humor in her latest picture book. Mabel Becaharuvic is just an ordinary wish-granting fairy for many of her 42,364 years. But Mabel also spends these years neglecting her teeth, not brushing, flossing or seeing the dentist. As a lonely and almost-toothless fairy, Mabel decides to take action (and the baby teeth of kids, who lose them all the time) to form a new set of her own. Therein, the famed tooth fairy's work has its humble, if shaky beginnings. Luckily, a new dentist friend helps Mabel take a bite out of life-and keep her important night job. A bold palette (Mabel is sky blue with chartreuse hair and a colorful wardrobe) injects a quirky pizzazz, and Davis's humor, ranging from slightly sarcastic to downright silly, gives kids of tooth-losing age an enjoyable behind-the-scenes look at a mysterious figure-and an easy-to-swallow message. Ages 5-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Mabel Becaharuvic is a 42,364U-year-old fairy who began her career performing everyday, run-of-the-mill magic. She neglected her teeth and eventually lost most of them. Unable to eat the food she desires, the desperate spirit devises a plan and a change in careers. She takes the teeth that children naturally lose (there's nothing here to indicate that she leaves anything behind for them) and attempts to make herself a new set of choppers. The blue-skinned, green-haired pixie gathers a huge pile of teeth but none fits her mouth well. After striking up a friendship with a dentist, Dr. Les Payne, Mabel gets a new set of teeth, assists the man in his work, and continues her visits to children in the night. The pictures are presented in a variety of perspectives and layouts, some with speech balloons that further the cartoon tone of the story. Davis's trademark bright acrylic illustrations catch the eye but the ho-hum story does not warrant repeated readings. Are children really going to warm up to a story that mentions halitosis, gingivitis, false teeth, plaque, and comprehensive dental coverage? It's highly unlikely.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Poor Mabel: having discovered the hard way that even fairies have to brush and floss, she sets out to assemble a new set of choppers from children's castoffs. Unfortunately, no matter how she puts the gathered teeth together, the fit is never quite right. What to do? Despite a smile punctuated by three rather gray teeth, Mabel, with her blue skin, green hair, and pink wings, cuts a stylish figure in Davis's simply drawn cartoons. But her gummy grin makes her a social outcast until she takes a break at the Wikiwikiwacky Seaside Resort, and meets Les Payne, DDS, a soulmate with kindred interests in gingivitis, halitosis, and "talking plaque." It's the beginning of a beautiful friendship; soon flashing a gleaming new dental installation, Mabel keeps her important and enjoyable night job, while working days with Les, who gives her "comprehensive dental coverage and really nice floss." Sandwiched between endpaper galleries of celebrity teeth, this sidesplitting dental romance will have young readers showing their own pearly whites in laughter. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152163075
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD430L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author


KATIE DAVIS has written and illustrated seven books, including Who Hops?, a National Parenting Honor book, a Children's Book-of-the-Month Club selection, and an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award winner. She lives in New York. Please visit her at www.katiedavis.com.
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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Very Cute Book!

    I first read this book at the library. Both of my grandson were losing their teeth so I thought it would be a fun book to own. It does have a different twist but it's educational along with being humorous. I bought an extra book for my dentist. I enjoyed this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2009

    Mabel is confusing

    I read this to my 5 year old grandchild who had just lost his first two teeth. As opposed to the Pigeon series by Mo Willems, he didn't get the humor.

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