THE TOOTH MOUSE
Illustrated by Janice Nadeau, three-time recipient
of the Governor General’s Award for Illustration,
Canada’s most prestigious literary prize
Kids Can Press, 2012
2012 Junior Library Guild Selection
In many countries around the world, there is no such thing as the Tooth Fairy. Instead, there is the Tooth Mouse! This modern fable, set in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, tells how an aging French Tooth Mouse names her successor. Can little Sophie meet the three contest challenges? Can she prove she is the right mouse for the job of La Petite Souris? Illustrated in gorgeous watercolors, the book includes information about tooth traditions around the globe.
"How charming is this? ...such a unique ending that listeners and their parents will smile with the cleverness of it all. Nadeau's art is clever as well. Using delicate ink lines and soft-shaded watercolors, she offers pictures that seem truly set in a world of mice. There is a lightness and sweetness to the art that makes every full-page picture and vignette a tasty yet smart confection. Those who've believed in the Tooth Fairy will happily make a place for the Tooth Mouse."
"Beautifully executed…. Hood masterfully spins her story with lush language sprinkled with some French (which further impresses when read aloud). … Readers will pore over the exquisitely drawn details on each page.... With a nod to classic titles of years past, this provides a fresh, modern take on an itty-bitty heroine's achievement of her seemingly impossible goal."
"Like Katharine Holabird’s Angelina Ballerina, this effervescent story from Hood (the Pup and Hound series) stars a dainty, ballet-loving mouse, but Sophie’s life is a little edgier than Angelina’s. ... Sophie’s ballet skills come in handy, but her courage and intelligence win the day. Hood’s confiding tone and French asides are part of the book’s charm, while Nadeau’s (Cinnamon Baby) ink-and-watercolor paintings, with their delicate tracery and moody pink and gray washes, temper the story’s frilliness with just a hint of dark humor."
A "delightful story with beaucoup nods to the French language. ... As these words are used in context and very often translated as part of the narrative, children should have no problem understanding them. Little girls especially will appreciate Sophie, a plucky, sure, and determined little mouse whose solution to the final task is a lovely example of youthful ingenuity."