The Toothless Fairy ( Ages 4+ )
By ; Timothy Jordan & Matt LaFleur
Publisher : Night River Press ( August 2015 )
A brilliant Halloween read aloud! It is a story about a very ugly and lonely, single-toothed fairy. A multi-themed book with some lovely colorful illustrations, and a heart warming message about friendship! The themes,text composed of beautiful lyrical descriptions and humorous illustrations together produces an awe-inspiring effect that is capable of grasping kids from the very beginning.
The lonely fairy is too reluctant to find friends because she knows that she looks 'ugly & scary'. Adding to that scariness is her single toothed smile - as it goes the fairy is too fond of sweets and her greed left her with a single tooth! She longingly watches the children playing in the park. As the time passes and the leaves turn to brown, kids everywhere start getting ready for the Halloween. The children parade along on Halloween eve in their costumes, carrying baskets of treats, laughing and joking. Meanwhile our grotesque little fairy watches them from her hidden spot. But after the fun, when all is silent, the fairy remains thinking .....
"So what was it for, this Halloween night,
if not about candy, or having a fright?
Tradition and honoring those who have passed,
and friendship and mischief and having a blast."
Reluctantly though, the fairy decides it`s time to find a friend and have fun, She enters into a little girl`s room deep in the night, lights up her magic wand and offer her a brand new clarinet , the fun begins as they dance and play together.
"Together they played and danced and waltz,
skipped rope with the licorice and juggled the malts.
The girl offered taffy - and boy,was it yummy -"
Till dawn they have fun,finally when the little girl falls asleep the ugly fairy leaves, satisfied and with a signed promise of returning back next year.
This beautiful lyrical flow ends with another lovely verse written from a child`s point of view - in colorful childish handwriting which is the scribbled note - the fairy snuggles into the sleeping girl`s coat as she takes her leave.. Its eye catching Halloween parades, a 'super ugly' fairy and the rhyming verses will all ensure that the kids will return to this, again and again,long after Halloween.
The book has been named a 2015 INDIEFAB Book of The Year Finalist and 2016 Benjamin Franklin Awards Finalist.
(With many thanks to The Night River Press and NetGally for the ARC )