Tallulah the Tooth Fairy CEO: Author Interview + A Giveaway!

Tallulah the Tooth Fairy CEO by Dr. Tamara Nicole Pizzoli, illustrated by Federico Fabiani


Publisher: The English Schoolhouse
Pages: 40
Format: Paperback
Available for Sale: September 19, 2016

Tallulah the Tooth Fairy is not only the founder and CEO of the largest teeth collecting organization on the planet, Teeth Titans, Incorporated, she’s a clever and wildly successful business woman with an affinity for all things dental. A natural innovator and problem solver, Tallulah finds herself unexpectedly stumped when six year-old Ballard Burchell leaves a note instead of his tooth under his pillow. What’s a Tooth Fairy to do when there’s no tooth to take?

tallulahthetoothfairy1Sneak peek inside the book Tallulah the Tooth Fairy CEO. photo credit @tamarapizzoli

Author Interview
I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Tamara Nicole Pizzoli to talk about her latest book.  Check it out!

Tell us about your latest book.  How did you come up with the concept?

Tallulah the Tooth Fairy CEO came about after an exchange with my eldest son, Noah. He’s seven now but at the time I wrote the book he was six, and he’d just lost a tooth. I was pregnant with my third son, and Noah came home from school with his tooth in hand. I was so excited and told him he just needed to hold onto it until bedtime and that we’d put it under his pillow. Only God knows what happened to that tooth between the afternoon and when it was time for bed. I was really emotional (blame the pregnancy hormones) and once I realized he’d lost his lost tooth I asked him what in the world he was going to do with no tooth to leave for the tooth fairy. Noah has always been a very rational and easy-going child. His immediate response was, “It’s really no big deal. I’m just going to write her a note and explain what happened. I’m sure she’ll understand.” The thought really blew me away because somehow, his six year-old brain believed not only in the tooth fairy, but in the tooth fairy as a rational and merciful being. I put him and his brother Milo to bed by 8:30 or 9 that night, and by midnight the story was written. In my imagination, the tooth fairy is a mashup between two of my favorite Irises–Iris Peyando, a dear friend who is a Dominican-Italian actress here in Rome, and my life muse, Iris Apfel.

What message are you hoping little readers will grasp from this book?
I like taking classic stories and characters and flipping them on their heads. I like offering readers the possibility to consider other possibilities. Why wouldn’t The Tooth Fairy be a Black woman named Tallulah who rocks an afro and has a thing for fashion and teeth? I suppose I want young readers to change their minds and let their imaginations run wild.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
I owe my eldest son Noah a lot. He’s just so quirky and funny and the way he reasons really is enchanting to me as a mother, teacher and a life-long learner. Milo, my second son, inspires me a great deal as well. Aside from the two of them, I try to act on anything that I deem to be a good and worthwhile idea. Last year I was on an alphabet kick, for example. How many ways have the ABC’s been done? Tons, for sure. But I’m sure I have published the only alphabet book for kids based on hairstyles (M is for Mohawk). As a general rule, if it’s something I would have wanted to read as a child, I try to write it and publish it.

When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I started writing The Ghanaian Goldilocks, my first book, when I was 30, but as a former Kindergarten teacher I can definitely say I’ve had a thing for quality children’s literature for a long, long time.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love hanging out at Elena Tommasi Ferroni’s art studio here in Rome. She’s illustrated an upcoming book of mine, Fatou and the Kora, and we have collaborated on an art exhibition together entitled #InNero: Fairytales and Histories Reimagined and Retold that depicts historical characters and fictional fairy tale protagonists as people of color. I delight in my family and friends and I live for happy hour and re-runs of The Jeffersons. When I’m not writing I’m constantly thinking of the next creative thing I want to bring into reality.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite if you had to choose one?
Tallulah The Tooth Fairy CEO is book number 7. If I had to choose one, I’d say The Ghanaian Goldilocks is my favorite, because it’s the first one and I really do think it’s a clever concept that readers of all ages and backgrounds would enjoy. Tallulah is a close second.

What are some future projects readers can expect from you?
Oh, I’ve got so much on the way. Some of my upcoming projects include a web series loosely based on my life as a Black woman living abroad entitled In Nero: Black Girls in Rome, part II of a documentary that bears the same name that highlights women of color living in the eternal city, the documentary In Nero: Black Men in Rome, an anthology of fairy tales with Black protagonists, at least three new books this year, audiobooks, West African fairy tales…all the good things.

If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
Ooooh, that’s a good question.  If I weren’t an author I’d more than likely be a college professor. I enjoy spending time with people who want to learn stuff.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to fans of your work?
Yes, I’m eternally grateful for your love and support. I’m grateful for every share, every kind word, and every supportive thought.  I’d like to add that they can follow me at @tamarapizzoli on Instagram or Tamara Pizzoli on Facebook and on Twitter.  You can order a signed copy of the book at The English Schoolhouse or check it out on Amazon.  Also, you can download a FREE copy of the book on Amazon Kindle until Friday, September 23, 2016.

The Giveaway!
Tamara was generous enough to sponsor an international giveaway!  One (1) person will win an autographed copy of Tamara’s latest book Tallulah the Tooth Fairy CEO!  Enter for your chance to win by Wednesday, September 28th at 11:59pm.  Good luck!  Open to everyone internationally!

Tallulah the Tooth Fairy CEO Book Giveaway

Comments (25)

  • McBooksters

    September 21, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    I love the spin on this! Plus the added diversity. I can’t wait until it releases.

  • Danielle Benson

    September 22, 2016 at 11:04 am

    I absolutely LOVE this new concept on the tooth fairy! I cannot wait to get this book for all of the kids in my life!

  • olga

    September 22, 2016 at 11:43 am

    This is such an amazing book. Love when books are inspired by real life. Can’t want to share it with my family#

  • Susan

    September 22, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Tamara is always inspired and inspiring… Of course those boys of hers really are the masterminds behind her….but what good are master minds without someone to notice….That’s what Tamara does.

  • Lisa

    September 22, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    I think my 3rd grader will love this book! You are very creative, and is great to know this is only the beginning.

  • Lesley Billingsley

    September 22, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    That sneak peak photo inside the book got me! I definitely need to add this book to my one year old daughters collection. I love giving her diverse, unique books to explore. I am also going to try and get my hands on Ghanian Goldilocks!

  • Becky P.

    September 22, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    This book looks fabulous!! 💛

  • Ruth Ann

    September 22, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    I’m SO excited to have discovered this author, thank you! My daughter loves quirky and sassy books, so I can’t wait to dive in to ALL of them.

  • Leandra Ramos

    September 22, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Love your books looking forward to this one especially.

  • Mavis

    September 22, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    I love this! I don’t have kids but I want the book.

  • Kris

    September 23, 2016 at 4:11 am

    Love this story line! The same thing happened to my son when he was that age. He lost his tooth when he was brushing it to make it super clean for the tooth fairy and it went down the sink drain. So the tooth fairy received a letter.

  • michelle tremblett

    September 23, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    This is wonderful !! Thank you for the chance to win, good luck everyone 🙂

  • Anne Derkat

    September 23, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Sounds like a fun book. Would love to win it for our buildings cleaning lady’s young daughter.

  • Meghan

    September 23, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    This looks really cute and creative!

  • Cindy Peterson

    September 23, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    I want to read this book. Anyone have a child I can borrow so I look legit reading about tooth fairies?

  • Aarone Mawdsley

    September 23, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    what a good book

  • Marlene V

    September 24, 2016 at 4:57 am

    Thanks for the chance to win. What a great book!

  • L. Ray

    September 24, 2016 at 5:22 am

    Wow I love this idea!!

  • Theresa C.

    September 24, 2016 at 5:25 am

    Love the comment the author’s son made about the tooth fairy ;p

  • Wanda Bee

    September 24, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Your books sound wonderful. I’m glad you decided to be a writer instead of a college professor.

  • Acorn Books

    September 25, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    Love how the idea for this story came about. Tallulah looks like one awesome tooth fairy.

  • Amy L.

    September 26, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    I also absolutely LOVE this new concept on the tooth fairy! So unique artwork too!

  • meredith

    September 27, 2016 at 1:02 am

    What a fun looking book!

  • Jennifer H.

    September 28, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    I would like to win this!

  • John H.

    September 28, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    This looks like a cool book.

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