The Tooth Fairy and the Home of the Coin Makers

by | Jan 23, 2021 | Book Review, Fiction, Picture Book

The tooth fairy cover

Book Details

The Tooth Fairy and the Home of the Coin Makers
Samuel Langley-Swain, illus. Davide Ortu. Owlet Press and The Royal Mint, pb 978 1 9133 3914 2, 2020, £7.99, 32pp.
Picture book, fiction, 3-5 years

Have you ever wondered about the Tooth Fairy and where those coins come from?

When Ollie and Grace each lose a tooth, it is Grandpa who tells them all about the Tooth Fairies and where they are trained – The Royal Mint, based in Wales and guarded by a red dragon. And, believe it or not, you can actually visit!

Samuel Langley-Swain spins an enjoyable little fantasy that cleverly combines fact around that all important moments when teeth come loose and come out. Davide Ortu’s images ensure that the Tooth Fairy is no wispy creature, but one with character and energy.

Created in collaboration with the Royal Mint, this slight but lively little picture book will introduce young children to an important institution and coins – an often unnoticed adjunct to life – through the accepted custom of leaving a tooth out for a fairy in return for a coin.

Ollie and Grace have another adventure with the Tooth Fairy team and their base in the Royal Mint in The Tooth Fairy and the Magical Journey.

Review by FMH