Tooth Fairies and Jetpacks by Kurt Fried


Tooth Fairies and Jetpacks

Written by Kurt Fried

Illustrated by Patrick Meehan

This is a heart-warming story told as a series of letters between 2 little sisters and their tooth fairies.

I really liked the idea of the tooth fairies actually being scientists, I also liked how the author gave accurate information to the reader. My children learnt a lot from it, especially since one of my children has recently lost a tooth.

I felt that it portrayed fairies in a modern, more feminist way, after all these weren’t just regular fairies dressed in frilly pink tutus and holding a twinkling wand. They were highly educated, trained, professionals looking to find a cure.

Its a simple yet engaging story which my class enjoyed reading too (4-5 year olds) and they are tough to please!

This story bought on a lot of discussion, like personal experiences, whether they believed in fairies, whether they had ever met or seen one. I felt that because the fairies weren’t represented as they usually are, the boys in my class found it very exciting too.

The Illustrations are beautiful and they work very well with the text. There’s so much to look at, its bright, colourful and looks very fun!

This book has already been read multiple times in my home and again for my class. Children keep asking for us to read this at story time and want to read it themselves when ever they can! They all love the pictures too.

There were so many follow on activities that can be done with this story – sequencing, thinking about the next adventure – What happened on their Jet-pack ride? Letter writing to fairies, designing their own Jetpacks. Hiding ‘teeth’ and drawing maps so friends can follow and find them(which is a great way to teach children positional language). We even had a dentist roleplay area for the children to become the tooth fairies. But, I have to say, the best activity was making our own medicine/potions to help find a cure!



Should you buy this book? Yes! Your children or class will love this, I hope this becomes a classic one day. Its something that can be read again and again.

I give this book 5/5 lilies!

5 out of 5 lily

This amazing book can be purchased here:


If I didn’t have you by Alan Klatz and Chris Robertson



If I didn’t have you by Alan Klatz,Illustrated by Chris Robertson

This is an adorable and somewhat true story about all of the things that parents, and their children could do if they didn’t have each other.

The dad could have had a fancy sports car, take skydiving lessons, and have a personal butler; and the son would never have to clean his room, he could eat candy whenever he would want, and adopt as many pets as he wants.

But there is one thing they both agree on; they would rather have each other.

The illustrations are very appealing to young children because they are bright, colourful and exciting. My children loved looking at the pictures and giggling away and their humorous approach.


I really enjoyed reading this book with my children and they enjoyed reading it with me however, they were even more ecstatic to share it with their dad. There is stereotype of only having mums take responsibility, so this story breaks the glass ceiling as we see a positive father and son relationship.

As a parent and teacher, you can take away a lot from this book.  Immediately after reading this, my children wanted to design their own sports cars! See below for some ideas.


It also inspired some other creative activities!


Another thing we started discussing at home were our house rules, it was an interesting way to create house rules together. It’s an easy link the children made themselves (particularly when the son wants to eat candy all day!)  see below for an idea. Its also an easy way to introduce rules for a classroom. What might happen if we do things that we want all time and not think about others? How should we behave?

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So what’s my overall verdict? Should you read this book? Yes! It’s a sweet story, perfect for bedtime, and I’m sure it’s something you will read time and time again.

My rating is 4/5 lilies!

4 out of 5 lily

This wonderful book can be purchased here:

The Ultimate Summer Picture Books

I’ve collected together my very favourite summer reads into this blog. Some have been recommended by my Instagram followers (thank you Instafam)

Supertato Veggies in the Valley of Doom by Sue Hendra, Paul Linnet

1. Supertato Veggies in the Valley of Doom by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet

Supertato adventures are hilarious, they have definitely become a firm favourite for me and my children! The veggies are bored, so Broccoli suggests a game of hide-and-seek. It’s a great game but then Carrot happens to finds treasure map in a cereal packet and the adventure unravels!
The Girls by Lauren Ace

2. The Girls by Lauren Ace and Jennie Lovelie

This is an uplifting representation of female friendship. It is about four girls and their friendship as they grow from little children into adults. We get to learn so much about our four main characters: Lottie, Sasha, Leela and Alice. We follow the ups and downs of their lives. The book has such a positive message about the support friends provide.

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3. What the Ladybird heard on holiday by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks

Lanky Len and Hefty Hugh are planning another crime. This time they are after the Queen’s crown! The Ladybird, who happens to be on holiday in the same place, can she stop them in time?

Happy Hatchday by Rob Biddulph

4. Happy Hatchday by Rob Biddulph

Nine dinosaur eggs are ready to hatch. Each named Otto, Winnie, Hector, Sue, Nancy, Martin, Wilf and Boo. And Greg, he hatches a week late, and by then the other little dinosaurs are already have friends and Greg feels left out. However, there is a little surprise…

Gary's Banana Drama by Jane Massey

5.Gary’s banana drama by Jane Massey

Gary loves bananas, he loves them so much that on the day that something bad happens, and there are no bananas to be found, he starts seeing them everywhere! You could even say he was going bananas for a banana! Will Gary find bananas? How will this story end? With lots of twists and turns!


From dark to light by Isabella Murphy

This book review fits in nicely with my previous blog post. Although it’s not about a strong female character, we need to take time to celebrate it was written by a (very) young female! And that clearly is something to celebrate.

This is an adorable story about a pumpkin seed, who wishes he could be out in the light.

It is a very carefully told tale that is equally exciting and fun to read. My children all enjoyed the story.

What I found interesting was the story is told as the seed. If teachers are wanting to teach their children how to write in first person and also develop their classes understanding about growth then this book would be a go to.

I don’t want to write too much as I don’t want to give the storyline away however I will say I loved that no matter how Pumkers sisters treated him, he was so glad that they were going to the same family, which is very heart warming. Again, my children loved this and found it relatable.

The illustrations were beautiful some seeming rather surreal but it worked and looked fantastic. There was so much to talk about just by looking at the pictures.

Share this book with your little ones!

I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.

You can purchase the book here:

I give this book 4 lilies out of a possible 5!

4 out of 5 lily

Great books for strong girls!

Don’t get me wrong, but too often I’ve gone to a book shop or library with my daughter and struggled to find amazing books with strong female lead characters.

I’ve always enjoyed reading books with great female characters but since having a daughter and since attending my daughters EYFS graduation where she declared “When I grow up I want to be a mummy who works.” Made me step up my game.

My daughter knows and understands that women don’t need to stay at home after having a family, she has hopes and dreams of achieving something. She understands she can have it both ways like her mummy.

So, I wanted her to be able to read stories to learn positive messages about being a strong female.

My next few posts will focus around books, in particular picture books which show great female characters.

The first book I’ve chosen to write about is ‘The paper bag princess’ by Robert Munsch.

The beautiful Princess Elizabeth lives in a castle and is engaged to marry Prince Ronald. One day, a fire-breathing dragon destroys her castle, incinerates her belongings, then flies away with Ronald. Since all her clothes are ruined, Princess Elizabeth dons a paper bag and sets off to save her prince.

An absolute must read for every girl from birth through forever…I am a huge believer in a girl knowing that she can rescue herself and anyone else who needs it – if they want her help. This book reinforces how to be resourceful, have confidence, and know when to walk away.

It’s so important for children to be exposed to feminism through their reads. The paper bag princess you did a good job showing the princess isn’t always the one who needs saving, so we should stop assuming that.

I rate this book 4 lillies out of a possible 5

4 out of 5 lily

When I first fell in love with writing

I have always been surrounded by books. Growing up we didn’t have much money but that didn’t stop me. I would ask mum to take me to the library. I would always choose the most books possible – 12. My mum would always say “But you’ve read this one before” or “We’ll be back again in a few days do you really need so many?” And each time I’d still get my selection of books.  For me a library was like a sweet shop. There were old classics that I’d have to get time and time again, there would be new ones I’d just have to get, there would be ones I’d heard about, and even ones that I’d never noticed before but somehow they had always been there.

Reading was my way to escape my every day life and my way to learn about new things and explore ideas I’d never heard of. As a lover of books I naturally started writing myself. I would write in my diary, newspaper articles, lists, poems, stories , songs , comics. The list could go on. The list can go on. So many things have happened in my life but one thing that has remained a constant is my love of reading and my passion of writing.

I think its now my time to share with you my life, things I love and of course some snippets of my writing and my simple cartoons.