Title: Lulu and the Missing Tooth Fairy | Author: S.E. Richey | Illustrator: Jhon Ortiz | Genre: Picture Book (Fiction) | Publisher: Bright Meadow Press | Publication Date: February 28, 2022
Will Lulu get her pony? Will Trixie ever become an official Tooth Fairy? Find out in this humorous yet heartwarming tale that encourages us to never stop believing and that everything is possible with a little will power. And learn a thing or two about tooth traditions and tooth collectors of the world!
My Thoughts: Lulu has lost a tooth and Trixie, a tooth fairy in training, is on the job. But when Trixie visits the wrong house and doesn’t fulfil her fairy duty, will Lulu give up on her dream?
This adorable picture book gives young readers a rare peek inside the world of tooth fairies. From GPS, or rather F(fairy)PS, mishaps to weather delays, the adorable tooth fairy, Trixie, tries her best to become an official Tooth Fairy. Her determination and thoughtfulness shine through as she struggles to get to Lulu. Meanwhile, Lulu is a darling 5.6 year old who is excited about losing a tooth and getting a coin from the Tooth Fairy to spend on her very own pony. With lovable characters, a perfect surprise twist end scene and lots of relatable humor for adult readers, this is a wonderful story that will entertain kids and carers alike.
The charming illustrations almost have a chalk-like feeling and add a lovely softness to the nighttime scenes. I especially love Lulu’s glasses and the details and textures in her clothing and home.
Back matter includes facts about tooth fairies around the world and what children of various nations experience after losing a tooth. Lulu and the Missing Tooth Fairy is a highly enjoyable read and the perfect gift for a child just starting to lose their teeth.
S. E. Richey was born in New York and moved to Puerto Rico with her family when she was four years old. She grew up in the mountains of La Cordillera Central of Puerto Rico. She spoke four-year-old English and Spanish, but soon forgot English. She loved running around her grandparents’ finca, picking wild strawberries, sucking on ripe coffee beans (so sweet!), sugar cane (so sweet!), and searching for cow pies with her siblings and cousins (not so sweet.).
At age eighteen, S. E. Richey swore she would never live in another small town in the country where she had to drive through a canyon with lots of curvy roads just to get to the city. Oh, how dizzy and nauseous those curves made her!
She moved to the United States where she attended college in a small town in Idaho, married and lived in a small town in California (her second home) with lots and lots of curves just to get to the city (yes, she got dizzy and nauseated), and now she lives in a small-ish town in Idaho with her husband and four children. Their two dogs, Roscoe and Cali, and Conan, the fat cat, complete the family. She loves to sing WAY too loudly in the car. She loves Dulce de Leche ice cream (even if it hurts her tummy). And she loves to read and write silly stories that make her giggle and stories that tug at the heartstrings.
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Jhon Ortiz is a 3D character animator and a children’s book illustrator born in Caracas, Venezuela and based in Valencia, Spain. A plant keeper and a coffee lover, Jhon also likes the sound of vinyl records. From an early age, Jhon felt a passion for drawing and storytelling. He has worked as an animator for the films The Nutcracker and the Four, and Moomios. And he has illustrated several books, including The One Great Gnome, LillyBelle: A Damsel NOT in Distress, and Lulu and the Missing Tooth Fairy.
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