Many years ago, humans and fairies were friends...until something bad happened. Some fairies decided it was more fun to play tricks on humans instead of grant wishes, which was their calling. Push came to shove and it was no longer safe to remain exposed to the newly named “humdrums” and so the fairies banded together and used their magic to cast a hiding spell, allowing them to blend in but remain in plain site to carry out their duties. The relationships between these two groups have been non-existent for many years, the thought of friendship lost in time…at least until now.
Okay, okay, so it helps if the book is short as well but really, if the story wasn’t holding your interest, you’d have put it down and walked away…especially when it comes to eBooks (at least for me). You’ve heard my thoughts on the “phenomenon-turned-common-place” digital book, and yet I find myself reading them on occasion in lieu of not having read the title at all. There are just some books that are too good to pass up despite the review format available (though don’t go pushing an audio book at me…that’s one area that my opinion – as in they are for some, but not for me – will not be swayed)….case in point, today’s title.
The cover leads you to believe a cute little book lies within (or at least it led me to believe that) and you know what…it did not disappoint; in fact, I believe it surpassed by expectations ten fold. (Bookmarks up to the author on that achievement!)
Even fairies have wannabe moments and idolize the "popular" girls...though in this instance, she didn't really know any better since she wasn’t really part of their world so to speak. Of course, she’d look to “the best” representative of our kind…and learn from that mistake later on (hmph)…but life is a learning experience after all (something her sister Lucinda learns the hard way…hehe – sorry if that sounds “evil” but she deserved what happened).
The supporting characters are wonderfully written as well and suit their roles perfectly. From the popular girls to the not-so-popular individuals, from Grandma Doyle to her sister Lucinda, their really isn’t one that you encounter living what you’d describe as falsely. One side character, Dr. Bumbershoot, actually has very little “face” time, but certain makes and impression with her office (and the name! Grandma would call an umbrella that…a bumbershoot…or so Mom told me…^_^) in all its quirkiness. Purple walls, gold edging, velvet chairs, and who wouldn't want their office to smell like lavender instead of rubbing alcohol? *looks for raised hands* Yeah, that's what I thought. Then we encounter the maladies fairies have…oh boy. If sneezing pink glitter was the worst of my worries, so be it! (Might be kind a fun actually…or at least colorful…)
Shall we meet a few? (Yes…let’s!) Lester the hamster and his snarky color and size changing self (that last part is due to a spell gone wrong cast by Ms. Goody Twoshoes). Winston (a name dear to my heart) the Scottie, is a lively little fellow who doesn’t really excel at sneaking and has a penchant for cheese. Louise the cat can be found at the doctor’s office (as her pet, not a patient) any day of the week and loves to share her advice on whatever seems to be ailing you; while there’s a rather opinionated parrot who shows up a bit later that would give this talker a run for her money if it so desired.. Speaking of pets….I have to say it; I love page 47 in which we learn (in detail) why Willow thinks that dogs make the best pets ever. Fuzzy. Love you all the time. Lick you when you need attention...and poop in the house. Well, the last one I could do without (believe me), but I certainly vouch for it all and then some. Our little fur babies are a part of our families and I can’t imagine a home not being better for having added one to their mix. More chaotic…sure; but that’s part of the fun. ^_^ Back to the story…
It's obvious who the real friend is (who shall remain nameless until you read it at least)...but I guess that comes with time and experience (since the “intended” audience is much younger than I) and possibly your own personality. Much like “the-friend-that-shall-not-be-named”, I really didn't care to be one of the popular ones in school. I mean if I was...great. If not, I had more important things on my mind and was happy to talk to whoever wanted to talk to me…and if that was no one, well hello? Books make a wonderful lunch time companion, don’t you think? *high five to everyone of you that nods in agreement*
They are often funny, rhetorical questions that you simply can’t help smiling at but that is the point; something to break up the story AND keep you interested. Also the page design lends a touch of fairy magic to the leading page of each chapter with the smattering of little stars; cute and whimsical.
All in all, a wonderful book for readers of all ages plus a great reminder of our core lessons from childhood. The oh-so-true “it’s not what is on the outside, but what is inside that counts”; illustrated wonderfully here. Plus, being prejudice about something or someone (or many someone's) is for the birds; giving everyone their fair shake is the only way to go because you never really know what “magic” you’ll uncover in the most unlikely of places.
Until next time…happy reading!