The publisher’s description on Skeletina and the greedy Tooth Fairy (Skeletina and the In-Between World) says it all. It is a companion story to the first book, Skeletina and the In Between World. This time our heroine helps a little girl navigate the dreams and teaches her about the truth. Susie Jaramillo’s story is fun, but for me, it was not as good as the first.
There is nothing wrong with book two. It is cute, funny and it is straightforward. Which is probably why I did not enjoy it as much. The first story had a more whimsical feeling, it was more poetic and flowed in a less realistic manner. The illustrations of Jaramillo however, are just as fantastic as before. They have a Day of the Dead vibe, lots of hidden surprises that sometimes are part of the story and some things are just for extra. They are at once cute, funny, odd, and creepy. I thought the Good Tooth Fairy was the bad one until I saw the nice mouse with her (Hey! Not my fault that I associated bad people with off-green colored hair, and a grin that says, “All the better to chomp off a finger my dear!”) and the Bad Tooth Fairy was a plump, auntie/grandmother figure. So, for the most part, you need to pay attention to what is happening.
Read via an online reader copy, this book is due September 2023 , and ready as a Halloween treat, but it is also an anytime book. It will also be available in Spanish, Skeletina Y El Hada Malvada.