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  • Written by Rene Colato Lainez
    Illustrated by Tom Lintern
  • Format: Hardcover | ISBN: 9781582462967
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The Tooth Fairy has some competition.
Meet El Ratón Pérez, the charming and adventurous mouse who collects children’s teeth in Spain and Latin America.
When both the Tooth Fairy and El Ratón Pérez arrive to claim Miguelito’s tooth, sparks fly under the Mexican-American boy’s pillow. Who will rightfully claim his tooth?
This magical tale introduces a legendary Latino character to a new audience and provides a fresh take on the familiar
childhood experience of losing one’s tooth.


Miguelito wiggled and jiggled his loose tooth until one night, it fell out.
“Yay! Mi diente, my tooth,” he said, and put it under his pillow.
Soon Miguelito fell asleep.
Far away in her castle, the Tooth Fairy read fan letters, counted coins, and searched for addresses.
When she saw a star begin to twinkle in the sky, she rushed for her magic wand.

“Fantastic! The signal!” she said. “A new tooth!”
Rene Colato Lainez|Tom Lintern

About Rene Colato Lainez

Rene Colato Lainez - The Tooth Fairy Meets El Raton Perez
Known as "the teacher full of stories,” René Colato Laínez is the Salvadoran author of several bilingual picture books including I Am René, the Boy/Soy René, el niño (Piñata Books), Waiting for Papá/Esperando a papá (Piñata Books), Playing Lotería/ El juego de la lotería (Luna Rising). I Am René, the Boy received the Latino Book Award for “Best Bilingual Children’s Book”. Playing Lotería was named a “Best Children’s Book” by Críticas magazine and the New Mexico Book Award “Best Children’s Book”. Playing Lotería and I Am René have both been nominated for the Tejas Star Book Award—the K-6 bilingual counterpart to the Texas Bluebonnet Award.
René is a children’s literature columnist for LA BLOGA, www.labloga.blogspot.com, the blog for Latino literature; LOS BLOGUITOS, www.losbloguitos.com, the blog for children who are learning to speak Spanish; and Revista Iguana a Spanish-language children’s magazine. He was named “Top Ten New Latino Authors to Watch (and Read)” by latinostories.com.
René is a bilingual elementary teacher at Fernangeles Elementary School, one of
Los Angeles Unified School District's most innovative schools located in San Fernando Valley. He is a graduate of the Vermont College MFA program in Writing for Children & Young Adults and faculty member for the Sandra Cisneros’ Macondo Workshop. René is a regular participant at conferences and book festivals, and is a favorite of Latino booksellers, teachers and librarians. He has appeared on Univision and Telemundo.

About Tom Lintern

Tom Lintern - The Tooth Fairy Meets El Raton Perez
TOM LINTERN is a designer, illustrator, and storyboard artist. Tom lives in New York City.
Praise | Awards


Review, Through the Looking Glass, June 1, 2010:
"This delightful picture book combines the traditions of Latin countries with those of Anglo Saxon ones bringing together the Tooth Fairy (who is English in origin) and El Raton Perez (who first appeared in a book in Spain in 1894.) Children who are about to lose a tooth will greatly enjoy this story about cooperation and friendship."

Review, School Library Journal:
"When Miguelito hides his lost tooth under his pillow, he has no idea that he is setting off a power struggle between the English-speaking world’s Tooth Fairy and her Spanish-speaking counterpart, El Ratón Pérez.... Young readers may not consciously recognize this tale as a metaphor for growing up in two cultures, but the story does model how to successfully negotiate a bicultural life... An excellent selection for libraries serving bicultural families."

"A marvelous story merging cultures seamlessly and with great humor. Adults will enjoy this read-aloud just as much as kids." —Sandra Cisneros, award-winning author of The House on Mango Street


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