The Fairy Tale Matchmaker by E. D. Baker

fairy tale matchmaker

The Fairy Tale Matchmaker
E. D. Baker
3 Stars

Cory is a tooth fairy…one of many tooth fairies in the Tooth Fairy Guild. But she doesn’t like it. In fact, she hates it. A lot. So she decides to quit her job. But what is a fairy to do when she doesn’t have a job? And Cory’s mother is furious that she quit (Cory’s mom is also a tooth fairy). So Cory ends up moving in with her uncle so that she can just get away from the onslaught of negativity that is her mother. By searching everyday through the fairy want ads Cory finds small jobs where she can actually help people (or rather fairies and pigs and other fairytale creatures). She is happier than she has been in a long while. And her friends start wanting her to set them up…to have Cory be a little Matchmaker fairy. Of course things get complicated. Her mother and the Tooth Fairy Guild won’t take “no” for an answer and they try to make Cory’s life all the more miserable. (Which is crazy seeing how they want her to come back to being a Tooth Fairy…but if they make her more miserable, why would she?) And there is the fact that Cory just wants to be happy herself. But what will it take for her to be happy?

This is a fun story for those that love a twist on fairy tales. Although there are nods to different tales or nursery rhymes  (like the Three Pigs or Little Miss Muffet) readers don’t actually know what is going to happen to these famous characters. Plus the fact that fairies and other creatures (animals, witches, gods/goddesses) all live in the same world will be quite fun. But the story is a little predictable (obviously Cory wants to “help” people and everyone wants her to set them up…and she even dreams about it…so who is the best “matchmaker” in the world?)…but not so predictable that readers won’t enjoy the story. Teens will think this an easy read, but elementary and early middle school kids who want to experience “love” and drama will eat this story up.

Book Discussion Questions:
Why wasn’t Cory happy being a tooth fairy? Why?
What kind of job do you want? What kind of work would make you happy?
Compare Cory’s relationship with her mother versus her relationship with her uncle. How are they the same? How are they different?
Why was Johnny Blue perfect for Cory? How did Cory know? What do you think the signs are for “true love”?

Bloomsbury, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-61963-140-3
Reviewed from a Galley.
FORMAT: Fantasy
AGES: Elementary School, Middle School

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