28 Oct 2016


I believe it was during the summer, over so much struggle in the world for people who are considered minority that I made the conscious decision to start looking for adult books and children books with main characters that are similar to my skin tone and my children's skin tone. I want them to grow up knowing their importance.

So imagine my happiness when the director of public relations and marketing from The English Schoolhouse Publisher contacted me about reading Tamara Pizzoli's new children's book Tallulah: The Tooth Fairy CEO. I've been stalking  her on Instagram since March 2015 so I was over the moon to know that somehow her PR has noticed my humble presence on social media.

I pinched myself because I've been fascinated by Pizzoli and her work since the publication of The Ghanaian Goldilocks. I love the fact that her passion is to bring onto bookshelves books for children that look myself or my children. I wanted to go sleep where I slept the night before (just a Ghanaian saying about when you get lucky you should sleep in the same place, because that's your lucky place).

Anyways, I received the book at the right time in my journey as a mother because my daughter had recently lost her second tooth and was happy to have the tooth fairy take it away. The first tooth is going to become a necklace. As soon I got into the house and the children saw the book, they didn't want to put it down. Rightly so. Tallulah is such a bold character. I love that about Pizzoli's characters. They're bold and proud of themselves.

The saying goes don't judge a book by its cover but in the case of Tallulah: The Tooth Fairy CEO one can judge the book because straight from the cover the reader is made aware that Tallulah is a confident, bold and stylish young Black woman who loves herself and her career. With gorgeous, vibrant illustrations by Federico Fabiani, thanks to Dr. Pizzoli Tallulah talks about her the busy schedule as CEO of the largest teeth collecting company on earth. Still, she has the time to go around collecting teeth as head tooth fairy. When she finds herself with just a note but not a tooth under six-year-old Ballard Burchell's pillow, Tallulah turns to her Board of Directors for her (here we learn that Tallulah is aware of the social movement happening right now because #toothfairiesmatter). What will the tooth fairy decide?

I love reading Tallulah's day to day lifestyle to the children. Thanks to this book I can finally show the children how the tooth fairy looks like. I can also answer questions such as how does the tooth fairy get into the house and what it really means to be a busy CEO of a tooth fairy franchise.

Definitely a tooth fairy I would love to have as a friend.

ME: "What are you doing?"
HER: "Writing a note to the real Tallulah." refering to Tamara Pizzoli 
ME: I beam thinking. This is amazing.


1 comment:

  1. I'll have to see what this book is all about. I mean it a conscious effort to buy Dominic books with characters that look like him too.


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