I love it when I discover a book that I bought, put on the shelf and forgot to read, it's kind of like discovering a secret treasure stash. The other day as I was going through my shelves to pack a book caught my eye and I realized I had forgot to read it so YAY! The book is Toothiana Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies by William Joyce and is the third book in The Guardians series. It was the perfect length and tone for my mindset at that moment so here we go. As always SPOILERS AHEAD!
Story - I liked that this was both a continuation of the story in the series and added a new bit with the story of Toothiana. I felt that this particular origin story of the tooth fairy was fresh and original and just all around very cool. Being mostly a middle grade book I felt the story was simple enough for a younger person to follow, but not dumbed down in any way.
Character - The characters continue to be developed and diverse. They come in all kinds of shapes, sizes, races (some mythological in origin) beliefs, just all kind of goodness. I also like that most of the main characters have personal conflicts, strengths, weaknesses and so forth. Especially in books for younger people I think it is important that characters are not perfect, or stereotypes, but that everybody has good and bad sides and needs to learn to work with them.
Editing - I feel that the book is well edited with the story flowing quit well. The continuity through out the series has been excellent and the book was very readable and age appropriate.
Illustrations - One of my favorite things about this series and this book is no exception is the amazing illustrations peppered through out the book. They are line drawings with the cover being beautifully rendered in color. Even if the story sucked I would still pick up these books just on the sheer beauty of them. In addition to being gorgeous, the illustrations actually help move the story along so they are practical as well.
The Village - So in the story the village that most of our hero's are from decided that they ALL wanted to go visit the Lamadary...so they do. I just love the combination of the sheer impracticality of transporting a whole village...even if it is by magical means, and the idea that the book acknowledges that everybody has the right to go adventuring, not just the main characters. I also love how it was a given that if the whole village wanted to go, then they would go, no arguments.
Origin Story - Toothiana's origin story was pretty awesome. I love how the series in general, and this book in specific take something as familiar as our childhood legends and twist them around so they mean so much more. Along with Toothiana, we also get more of North's future story and more hints into Bunnymund. It is cool to see these overly familiar characters get a diverse and rich origin story.
Overall Impression - This was another beautiful and wonderful installment to this series and I give it 7 out of 10 molars and now need to go see if I can find the next one. I recommend it to anybody who loves retellings, myths or needs a book to read with their wee ones.
Happy Reading Everybody!