The Tooth Fairy and the Baby Elf.... a True Story by Granny

Children - Picture Book
40 Pages
Reviewed on 11/20/2019
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Author Biography

Cynthia Kern OBrien is the author of the A True Story by Granny picture book series: I Used to be a Fairy, The Tooth Fairy and the Baby Elf, and the forthcoming The Fairy Queen—I Don’t Want to Go to Preschool. A grandmother of three, she resides in California with her husband and Yorkshire Terrier-Maltese mix, Pickles. She is the recipient of two Five Star Reader Awards and placed first in the 2019 Purple Dragonfly Awards for Picture Books 6 & Older. Obrien finds inspiration for her writing in her grandchildren and their worldview and aspires to teach young readers environmental awareness, caring, and kindness for people, plants, and animals of all stripes.
Illustrator Rosemarie Gillen is an award-winning children's book designer and illustrator who has been recognized by the Mom’s Choice Awards, Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, The New England Book Festival, and Stories for Children Magazine Award for her illustration work. She is passionate about working with authors to bring their stories to life through her artwork—a partnership which she believes can create indelible memories for young readers. Her whimsical illustrations have been published in both magazines and books

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Chloe is very excited. When she woke up this morning, one of her front teeth was loose. She had to tell Granny right away. You see, Granny used to be a fairy and she was friends with Gwen the Tooth Fairy. Chloe was told to be patient; the tooth would come out in its own time. And it did, while Chloe and Granny were enjoying a picnic in the garden. In fact, it went flying into the flowers and was a challenge to find. Even the family dog pitched in to help. The drama didn’t end when the tooth was safely recovered. More adventures followed, some of which left Chloe in tears, which quickly changed to laughter. And the adventure really centered around the mischievous baby elves.

Cindy OBrien’s picture book story, The Tooth Fairy and the Baby Elf…a True Story by Granny, is a rollicking tale, full of fun, adventure, fairies and elves and a little girl named Chloe. The plot develops well and the characters are described with fun and care. The illustrations are lovely and set the tone for the story. Young readers will enjoy reading about Chloe’s Tooth Fairy adventures, and they’ll share a few laughs as they learn, as did Chloe, that things don’t always happen when and how they should. We have to adjust to changes and unexpected obstacles presented to us in life and find something humorous to make things all right again. This is a charming story, full of warmth, love and a little bit of humor and adventure.