I Love My Fangs! (Kelly Leigh Miller)

Hello friends, and Happy Halloween! Our book today is I Love My Fangs! by Kelly Leigh Miller, a monstrously enjoyable tale of toothy terror.

Little Dracula positively loves his fangs! They’re sharp and pointy, wonderfully useful, and part of his vampire heritage. He does his best to take good care of his fangs every day… until the day that one falls out! Panicking, Dracula tries to stick, tie, and tape his fang back into place, but to no avail. Sadly heading to bed (coffin), he is shocked to wake and find a fairy STEALING his FANG! The following chase through the house is stopped by Dracula’s parents, who introduce the Tooth Fairy and explain her aim. But will little Drac be able to let his beloved fang go?

Frightfully fun. A monster-mash-up of spooky characters puts a new spin on the very relatable theme of losing baby teeth and the nerves it can inspire. From there, details such as Dracula’s monstrous classmates (a delightful class photo is included on the back dust cover), his hooded bat pajamas, and creeptastic bedroom fill the story with tons of classic yet bloodless horror charm. The artwork work and text work together delightfully, using comic-book style dialogue and frames to tell a brisk and entertaining story in a economic yet exciting style. The length is perfect, and JJ loved the silly (not scary) vampire tale. This one is perfect for Halloween, but will also make a valuable resource for little monsters who may be nervous about losing their own teeth. Baby Bookworm approved!

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)

How To Trick The Tooth Fairy (Erin Danielle Russell)

Hello, friends! Our book today is How To Trick The Tooth Fairy, written by Erin Danielle Russell and illustrated by Jennifer Hansen Rolli, a tale of two tricksters learning that two heads are better than one.

Kaylee is a prank princess in training – she loves finding ways to outfox her friends and family, like scaring her little sister with a spooky mask, or giving them chocolate sandwich cookies with dog toothpaste filling. But everyone knows that the true prank princess is… the Tooth Fairy! She sneaks into people’s rooms, is able to cast spells with her wand, and knows how to outwit even the cleverest of kids. However, Kaylee thinks she’s up to the challenge: she’s planned a few pranks for the Tooth Fairy that will give her a run for her money. But when the prank war gets out of hand, the two may need to set aside their competition to undo the mess they’ve made.

This is a really tough one. There are positives: the text is witty and fun, and the illustrations are whimsically adorable. I liked that the Tooth Fairy and Kaylee recognized when their tricks got out of hand, and took the responsibility together of cleaning up their mess. But in the end, whether you like this book or not comes down to how your family feels about pranks. To me, a lot of the pranks seemed mean-spirited (Kaylee sets out marbles to make SANTA trip and fall). There’s no comeuppance or discouragement of this behavior, and the two band together to play tricks on others at the end, which sort of encourages it. For my part, I’m not sure I’d want JJ getting ideas like putting hot sauce in someone’s food or slingshotting chewed gum at people, especially if there’s no negative outcome shown. The length was fine, and JJ liked the pictures, but while pranking may be all in good fun for other families, this one just doesn’t make our list.

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the author in exchange for an honest review.)