Number of Pages: 64
Publication Date: November 25, 2017
Themes: Friendship, Breaking bad habits
Li Mei does not like being the center of attention, however, when a pesky toothbrush won’t leave her alone, attention is what she gets.
In general, I have enjoyed the Fairy Senses children series by Ms. Sorensen. It’s a cute and simple series that I can see young children becoming hooked on. Generally, the books are written with some humor, realism, and magic. Usually, the climax isn’t a big one, which is refreshing in a children’s read. They are clean books with no violence or anything that would cause parents to raise concern over their children reading them.
Fairy Toothbrush, the tenth in the series, is another cute addition. Li Mei reminds me of myself when I was younger in some ways – I didn’t (and still like) much attention drawn to me in a social situation. I tend, like Li Mei, become uncomfortable and self-conscious. I found this personality choice a great since because there are definitely people who feel this way.
What was nice about this read was that there was a deeper explanation of why the fairy senses are sprouting out around these children. It looks like perhaps there could be even more to the background of fairies. I hope this background is explored even more in future books!
There were a couple of points in the read when I was a bit confused. One was toward the beginning due to Li Mei not knowing many of the people’s names. This could have been done to show Li Mei’s discomfort in being in a social gathering. Due to opening this way, though, I wasn’t sure if I would get the same light feeling I usually get with Sorensen’s writing, but it did come once Li Mei went to school. The other part I was a bit confused was when some of the characters from the previous books showed up. I actually forgot some of their fairy senses. Perhaps it would be beneficial (if the series continues) to have a little list of which character has which sense?
Then, the only other point where I can see an improvement would be a slight inconsistency in the text. This could have been because I received an ARC copy versus a published one. Amanda, another child with a fairy sense, can communicate with fairies, but needs to add the word “please” at the end of a fairy’s name otherwise they will come to her. On location 550 in the text, Amanda says both “Grila please” and “Grila”, which in both situations the fairy, Grila, does not appear. It wasn’t a big deal, but I can see a child questioning this while they read.
Overall, it was a fun little tale and one that I can younger children enjoying!