Gilbert and the Lost Tooth by Diane DeGroat
Genre: Children’s Early Reader – I Can Read! Level 2
Pages: 32 Jacketed Hardcover, also available as paperback and eBook
Age: 4-8; Grades: K to 3
Date Published: May 15, 2012
Publisher: Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Children’s
Gilbert’s so excited when his tooth comes out that he can hardly wait to put it under his pillow for the Tooth Fairy. But in his excitement, Gilbert puts his precious tooth in a pocket with a hole in the bottom and he can’t find it anywhere. Little does he know that the class bully, Lewis, took Gilbert’s tooth to put under his own pillow. What Lewis doesn’t realize, though, is the Tooth Fairy has a Tooth Detector who finds not just a lost tooth but the truth.
Children who are just learning to read on their own will identify with Gilbert’s plight. With gentle, humorous text and expressive watercolor illustrations, Diane deGroat perfectly captures the hopes and anxieties of the playground set. The story contains a worthwhile but not heavy-handed message that the truth always comes out in the end.
This is a great early reader/first chapter book (three chapters). The plot is cute and appropriate for both a younger sibling toddler and older young child to appreciate as well. The moral lesson is there as well. This one is perfect for anytime and especially for loose tooth time!
*Thanks to HarperCollins for providing a copy for review.*