Posted by: Jamie Stamm | May 28, 2008

What we’re reading: “You Think It’s Easy Being the Tooth Fairy?”

“You Think It’s Easy Being the Tooth Fairy?” by Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt, illustrated by David Slonim

I bought “You Think It’s Easy Being the Tooth Fairy?” a few months ago when it was a featured selection in my book club and then tucked it away in a closet for when Cera discovered her first loose tooth, which happened earlier this week. (I’ve also ordered “What Do the Fairies Do With All Those Teeth?” by Michel Luppens, which I plan to leave under her pillow when the tooth finally comes out, along with a dollar or so. By the way, does anyone know the going rate for a tooth these days?)

Partly because of Cera’s excitement about her loose tooth, and partly because this is a really cute book, we’ve read it at least twice each day since last Wednesday.

“You think it’s easy being the tooth fairy?” the opening page reads. “Well, it’s not. It takes skill! It takes daring! Thank goodness I am here to do the job.”

That “I” is an adorably drawn, pint-sized, red-headed fairy, who points out that she never wears “pink flouncing skirts or twinkling glass slippers. That’s Cinderella. She does a lot of sitting around the castle looking pretty. BORING!” and that she’s doesn’t rely on elves or reindeer to help her around. “That’s Santa. … Don’t get me wrong, he’s a great guy – but all that help has made him soft.”

Through David Slonim’s playful illustrations, we see how the tooth fairy became so tough: by lifting barbells weighted with quarters and running on a treadmill while wearing a backpack full of coins. We’re also introduced to the latest in fairy technology, including the Tooth-o-Finder, which looks like a watch but is actually a homing device that emits a “ting-ting-ting” when a child’s tooth is ready to come out, and Spy-o-Binoculars, which help the fairy to plan her entry into a house, a part of her job that often is made dangerous by cats, dogs, gerbils and other pets.

The tooth fairy also offers some advice for those who recently have lost teeth regarding where to place their pearly whites:


Clutch tooth in sweaty palm.

Hide tooth in pajama pocket.

Wrap tooth in snotty tissue or smelly sock.


Clean all blood and spit off tooth.

Place tooth carefully beneath lower right-hand corner of pillow.

Sleep soundly. Lie still. Make like a toothbrush.”

“You Think It’s Easy Being the Tooth Fairy?” is a wonderful book for any child who is about to loose a tooth (and younger children, too; my 2-year-old is fascinated with this story, as is his big sister). Author Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt’s tooth fairy has a great, tough-gal attitude, but for me, it’s Slonim’s illustrations that really make this book. They are sure to bring a smile to your face and cause your children to giggle with delight.



  1. Love your blog! I’ve added it to my favorites and blog roll. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Jamie — thanks so much for “getting” my tooth fairy book! I’m glad your kids enjoy it. And you’re right – my illustrator, David Slonim, did an awesome job with the illustrations. ๐Ÿ˜‰


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