A few months ago, I had the pleasure of sitting down with book author Dr. Tamara Pizzoli. She wrote one of my daughter’s favorite books, Tallulah The Tooth Fairy CEO. Here on Black Moms Blog, we have shared many articles on children’s books that are centered around characters that look like our children and stressed the importance of what that representation looks like in our community.
Tallulah The Tooth Fairy CEO is a children’s book that has gained much notoriety for being adapted into a movie by Gabrielle Union and Yamara Taylor.
What Makes This Book So Special?
Tallulah The Tooth Fairy CEO is centered around Tallulah, a fast talking and modern Black tooth fairy who describes just what it is like being the CEO of such a booming business. Dr. Pizzoli highlights important topics like self care and the importance of business ownership while familiarizing children with language that is not typical for your average children’s books. It aims to help our young readers expand their mind and apply critical thinking through colorful words and detailed explanations.
Dr. Pizzoli’s Inspiration
Growing up as a Black girl with the name “Shanicia” I was very interested in what inspired Dr. Pizzoli to choose the name “Tallulah” for her main character. For many of us, we have spent years correcting the pronunciation of our own names. Dr. Pizzoli says that Tallulah named herself but her grandmother, Lula Mae, played a part in the inspiration.
When asked about Tallulah’s illustrious career as The Tooth Fairy CEO, Dr. Pizzoli states that the inspiration for the content of the story came from her four children.
“Noah the eldest, had lost a tooth about three years ago, the high dollar tooth, one of the front two teeth! I told him he needed to hang on to it, because you know, responsibility. I told him he needed to get it underneath his pillow. But he lost it. He really lost it! I asked him, well now, what are you going to do? How is the tooth fairy going to know? Noah is just a very practical kid. He says, well I am just going to write her a letter and explain what happened. By 8 PM I was rushing to get them to bed because I just kept scribbling down ideas for this story and by the time I went to bed at midnight it was done.“
Dr. Pizzoli has published fifteen books to date with Tallulah The Tooth Fairy CEO being book number seven which she self published in 2016. In March of 2019, it was made public knowledge that her world renowned book would be adapted into a movie.
Tallulah The Tooth Fairy CEO contains many adult life lessons. One of my favorite is her quote:
Every mogul has her three P’s: 1. Passion 2. Purpose 3. and What Pays.
Dr. Pizzoli talks about the importance of letting children know early why minding those three P’s instills confidence and even mentioning subjects of diversity and inclusion in business being something that our Black children should be made aware of early in life.
She says that every business has a board of directors that you should run decisions by, citing that the Lord is one of hers. “The measure stick is always is it true, is it relevant, and is it entertaining, not just for the kids but the parents as well. I think we can agree that those points are. “Kids deserve not to just be entertained but to also be taught.”
“The Griot Sits Right Under The King”
I can agree with Dr. Pizzoli when she says that Black people are just naturally gifted story tellers. Our history has been passed on this way, to present day, where we are able to educate our children on our history and culture. By her words, Dr. Pizzoli states she makes sure to honor the great story tellers that have come before us. “The griot in West African culture is right under the king. This is the gatekeeper of the truth.”
When asked about her overall message that she is passing on to young Black children specifically, Dr. Pizzoli says that “just because a story is told perversely one way over time that doesn’t make it true. Just because you see certain imagery all the time does not mean that’s the only image.”
We strongly recommend Tallulah The Tooth Fairy CEO to all of our readers. To learn more about Dr. Tamara Pizzoli and her other book releases, you can check out her website or follow her on social media.
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