The Toothless Fairy

The world is filled with candy and sweets, especially at certain times of the year. For one, lonely fairy, sweets become her refuge and she hides her face and toothless grin, sad to not have one friend. But, she is a generous and sweet-loving fairy. Her greatest fear is that her face is full of warts and her nub of a nose will be cause for rejection. She watches the children have fun in the streets of summer and she wishes that she could befriend them, but she is too afraid to make the first approach. What if they are scared? What if they don’t like her?

On one day, as Autumn begins she looks down at the children and they are dressed in scary outfits—they look like ghouls and ghosts, witches and warlocks, and even fairies. She is baffled and surprised that the children are not scared of each other and of their selves. She thought that looking scary meant that no one would want to be her friend. She has a realization—perhaps being scary is not all that bad.

So a wistful plan is formed—the Toothless Fairy decides that she will finally conquer her fear of approaching a potential friend by using her fairy magic. She knows that kids receive candy on Halloween, and that often times they do not eat it all. So her plan becomes to give a gift in return for a child’s candy, and she knows that if the child accepts her trade, she would never be scared of making friends again.

So on Halloween night, the fairy musters all the courage she can and she flies into the home of a sleeping girl. The girl wakes and they are both scared. But when the fairy creates a magical new clarinet for the girl, the girl sees her face for the first time and is not scared. Instead the girl is filled with boisterous merriment and awe. The two quickly become friends while the girl plays her clarinet and the Fairy gobbles up her candy.

After a night of fun and friendship, the girl falls asleep and the Toothless Fairy leaves a note in her jacket pocket. The note declares that a tradition has begun—that every year the Toothless Fairy will come to kid’s houses—those with a profusion of candy—and she will trade them candy for a magical gift, and of course, a lifelong friendship.


The Toothless Fairy

Reviewed by Pallas Gates McCorquodale

Much like her beloved taffy, this fairy’s outer wrapper and soft inner core are sure to bring smiles and possibly a craving for sweets.

Embracing the joy and revelry that are hallmarks of the season, The Toothless Fairy from Timothy Jordan is a feel-good Halloween adventure that touches the heart of the holiday. Bright, colorful illustrations by Matthew LaFleur complement the antics of the fairy herself as she searches for friendship and finds some self-confidence during a memorable Halloween night.

A dentist’s nightmare, the fairy is down to a lone cuspid. With a near-toothless mouth, wart-filled face, and hairy chin, she sees herself as too ugly and scary to interact with others lest her visage send them running and screaming in fear. She longs for a friend to paint, play, and rollick with but remains lonely and alone until one fateful Halloween when she watches the trick-or-treaters and ventures out to find a kindred companion.

Full color spreads with whimsical images accompany a basic four-line stanza pattern with an easy, rolling aabb rhyme scheme maintained throughout, ideal for reading aloud. The message gets a bit muddled as the fairy, unsure of herself, uses presents and candy to sweeten the deal while looking for someone to see past her outward appearance, and she never does lose her love for sweets, despite the sorry state of her mouth.

However, “friendship, and mischief, and having a blast” are definitely emphasized as tenets of Halloween along with some amusing candy irreverence, and her nameless new friend, resplendent in pumpkin-themed footie pajamas, does not hesitate to accept the fairy with her candy corn–colored dress and sucker crown.

The Toothless Fairy, with its colorful candy and fun sounds, will appeal to children of primary school age or younger, while the message of self-worth and image works for elementary grades and older as well. Much like her beloved taffy, the fairy’s outer wrapper and soft inner core are sure to bring smiles and possibly a craving for sweets. This book is a welcome addition for any holiday or values collection in children’s libraries or classrooms, or on bookshelves everywhere.

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About Skeeter Buck

Skeeter Buck {Creator} is the founder of Skeetie B’s Production—a children’s book and interactive design company and the creator of The Toothless Fairy. Skeetie B’s was formed as a platform to support her belief that it is important to do something each year that scares her half to death.

Buck holds advanced degrees from John F. Kennedy University (California) and Naropa University (Colorado) and has over 25 years of experience in organizational management, organizational psychology and environmental leadership. Skeeter resides in both Northern California and Colorado with her wife Alexandra and their son Daniel. Daniel was her inspiration for The Toothless Fairy. One of her greatest experiences as a parent has been watching her son learn to read. When she is not hanging out with her lovely family you can find her on the golf course, snow and water skiing or kayaking with her dogs Lucy and Gracie.

Interesting Facts

  1. I rode my bicycle from Seattle, WA to Atlantic City, NJ in 46
  2. I love lemons, but detest lemon meringue
  3. I was the personal escort for Elizabeth Taylor who was the Grand Marshall for the 1996 Candle Light March in Washington C., when she drove our golf cart into a policeman’s motorcycle.
  4. I knew nothing about publishing books when I started my publishing
  5. I lose my iPhone, wallet or car keys at least once a week.
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