THE TOOTH FAIRY WARS,” by Kate Coombs, illustrated by Jake Parker, Atheneum, $17.99 (ages 4-8)

Nathan has lost his first tooth, and he’s going to keep it forever. But the Tooth Fairy has different plans. When she finds it hidden in a plastic bag in the sock drawer, she “opened her briefcase and tucked it inside. She left a dollar behind for Nathan.”

A month later when the second loose tooth falls out, Nathan guards it with toy army men to no avail. The Tooth Fairy finds it readily. Nathan makes better plans for advanced tooth-hiding.

The red-haired, bespectacled Tooth Fairy uses a Super Tooth Sensomatic to scan all hiding places, and the Tooth Fairy Wars begin.

This author and artist have cleverly portrayed the obvious moral “persistence wins.” Children of all ages will get it. They may not agree with Nathan’s obsession over collecting all the grubby little baby teeth, but it's easy to cheer on all his zany attempts to defeat the Tooth Fairy.

Author Kate Coombs’ carefully crafted storyline lends itself to emotion and action, both of which illustrator Jake Parker augments in pencil and digitally colored illustrations.

Coombs, author of “The Secret Keeper” and “Hans My Hedgehog,” lives in Bountiful. Parker, a Provo resident, created the “Missile Mouse” graphic novels and “The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man.”

If you go ...

What: Kate Coombs storytime and book signing

When: Saturday, July 19, 1-2 p.m.

Where: The King's English, 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City

Web: kingsenglish.com, katecoombs.com

Note: Places in the signing line are reserved for those who purchase a copy of the featured book from The King's English.

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