Pranking a Prankster

I’m not one for pranks and have never been fond of April Fool’s Day, but there are a lot of people who are quite amazing at pulling off pranks. We all know someone who excels at this. I think their minds just work differently. While it isn’t always funny to have a prank pulled on you, there is something oddly comical about reading about pranks. That’s why Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Dork Diaries, among a slew of others, fly off of the shelves and are read over and over again. Erin Danielle Russell, author of Dork Diaries, has tried her hand bringing the prankster into a comical picture book in How to Trick the Tooth Fairy.


In How to Trick the Tooth Fairy, Kaylee is that kid who is always pulling pranks on those around her, always looking for her next unsuspecting victim. Turns out, that she meets her match in the Tooth Fairy. The two pranksters keep trying to one up each other when Kaylee starts it off by leaving a fake frog under her pillow instead of a tooth. Their pranks keep growing until they just can’t do anymore. Fortunately, even after pranking each other like crazy, the two realized just how much they had in common and a lovely (to them) friendship was born.


In addition to a lot of outlandish pranks, some containing a touch of fairy magic, part of this book was almost an homage to If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Because, “If you prank the Tooth Fairy with a fake frog, you’ll get…”

Kids will love this story. It is a fun way to keep the magic of the tooth fairy alive and is just plain silly. A great read aloud, especially on National Tooth Fairy Day – which was earlier this week and which I didn’t know was even a thing!

Happy pranking!

*Thank you to MediaMasters Publicity for a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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