Alice the Fairy

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Caldecott Honor artist and bestselling author David Shannon's warm and funny new picture book introduces Alice, a mischievous little girl with a "No, David" nose for trouble and a magic wand.

Alice has a nose for trouble, but luckily she's a fairy--a Temporary Fairy. She has a magic wand, fairy wings, and a blanket, all of which she uses to disappear, to fly, to transform her dad into a horse, and to turn his cookies into her own! There are still a few things Alice needs to ...

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Caldecott Honor artist and bestselling author David Shannon's warm and funny new picture book introduces Alice, a mischievous little girl with a "No, David" nose for trouble and a magic wand.

Alice has a nose for trouble, but luckily she's a fairy--a Temporary Fairy. She has a magic wand, fairy wings, and a blanket, all of which she uses to disappear, to fly, to transform her dad into a horse, and to turn his cookies into her own! There are still a few things Alice needs to learn to become a Permanent Fairy, like how to float her dog on the ceiling and make her clothes put themselves away, but she's working on it--sort of. Here's an endearing, funny story about a girl and her magical imagination, sure to delight every fairy in training!

Alice, who claims to be a Temporary Fairy, still has a lot to learn, such as how to make her clothes put themselves away in the closet.

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Editorial Reviews

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The Barnes & Noble Review
David Shannon creates a girl equivalent to his recurring character David in this loosely drawn, refreshing picture book that explodes with childlike exuberance. Keeping up the mischievous energy he conjured up in No, David! and David Gets in Trouble, Shannon brings us Alice, a ringlet-haired girl pretending to be a "Temporary fairy" ("You have to pass a lot of tests to be a Permanent fairy"). Readers follow Alice as she imagines herself flying, showing off her fairy accessories, looking in her Magic Mirror, and especially, performing fairy tricks. Children will have a ball watching Alice using her wand for disappearing acts (turning off the lights), avoiding dangerous broccoli ("poisoned by the wicked Duchess and should never be eaten"), and more, all caught in Shannon's illustrations, which convey the imaginative, spirited nature of girlhood. If you loved David, Alice is a magical delight with whom you'll definitely want to get acquainted. Shana Taylor
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Horn Book Magazine
January 1, 2005

(Preschool, Primary) Alice the Fairy -- a "temporary" fairy with ambitions to become a permanent one -- has all sorts of tricks up her sleeve. She can make cookies disappear, make it dark in her house, and fly fast, but not high, with her wings. (Alice wishes she could avoid poisonous broccoli served by the "wicked duchess" and could take her baths in Jell-O, but her fairy powers are not that strong.) While her teeth are not as pointy and her behavior is not as naughty as her literary cousin, David (No, David!), there is definitely a physical resemblance that child readers will notice immediately: those enormous eyes radiate an unmistakably David-like energy (Alice's rambunctious games get her bouncing right off the page), and strawberry-blond corkscrew curls held in check by a dandy tiara cover a very round head. Readers of the David books might be initially disappointed that Alice is not as rude as he is, but they will enjoy the basic goodness, exuberance, and wild imagination of Shannon's latest character. Copyright 2005 of The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.

Booklist
November 15, 2004

PreS. If Shannon's David is a little devil, Alice is on the angelic side (almost). Using the same oversize format that he did in books such as No, David! (1998), Shannon introduces young Alice, a fairy-in-training dressed up with wings, a wand, and patent leather shoes. Similar to David, she is drawn in doll-like style (though her teeth aren't sharp). Alice talks directly to her audience, informing them what fairies do and how she works her magic. One time my mom made cookies for my dad. So I turned them into mine, she says, as she eyes the plate of cookies; in the next picture the plate is almost empty, and there are crumbs all over Alice's face. A few of the analogies are a stretch (this fairy's life is filled with danger--in the form of broccoli), but kids will find most of the humor right at their level, in terms of both wit and imagination. The pictures are richly colored, some almost effervescent in their playfulness. A meeting between Alice and David would engender even more fun. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2004 Booklist

School Library Journal
November 1, 2004

PreS-Gr 1-Donning a fairy costume inspires a little girl's imagination in this droll picture book. Alice speaks for herself, claiming she can fly (not too high but really fast), can change her dad into a horse (for a horsey ride), can make herself disappear (by flicking off the light switch with her wand), and can turn oatmeal into cake by pouring on fairy dust (sugar). There are elements of danger, such as broccoli poisoned by the wicked Duchess (Mom) and baths (fairies hate baths), as well as mischief ("-my mom made cookies for my dad. So I turned them into mine") and mishaps ("Once I accidentally turned my white dress into a red one"). Alice knows that Permanent fairyhood requires a lot of tests, attending Advanced Fairy School, and learning how to "make clothes get up off the floor and- line up in the closet," so she'll "probably be a Temporary fairy forever." With his signature cartoon-style art and childlike lettering, Shannon has created a winsome, exuberant heroine whose wide eyes and toothy smile bring David to mind, though Alice's blond ringlets are all her own. Variety in page and text layout and the use of brilliant color make the pictures dance and occasionally pop right off the pages. An enjoyable romp.-Marie Orlando, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Publishers Weekly
October 11, 2004

Though one must attend Advanced Fairy School to become a "Permanent fairy," young Alice has earned her stripes as a "Temporary fairy," wielding a wand and a colorful imagination to brighten her days. Kids will instantly connect to Alice's ma

Publishers Weekly
Though one must attend Advanced Fairy School to become a "Permanent fairy," young Alice has earned her stripes as a "Temporary fairy," wielding a wand and a colorful imagination to brighten her days. Kids will instantly connect to Alice's matter-of-fact tone as she describes the perks and pitfalls of fairyhood. "I can't fly very high yet, but I can fly really fast!" or "I changed my dad into a horse." When she's not disappearing (with a flick of the light switch) or curtsying in the Magic Mirror ("Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the fairiest of them all?" she asks), Alice tries to stay on the good side of the wicked Duchess (Mom) and Duke of Morningside Drive and perfect her spell casting. Shannon again slips comfortably into the mindset of a child, opening a window on that special time of life when it's easy to believe in magic. The ink-and-watercolor artwork bears the sketchy, childlike style of No, David, giving the proceedings an appropriately breezy feel. Alice-all pink dress, blonde curls and sparkly wings-is a sunny (and ever-so-slightly spunky) delight. Ages 3-up. (Oct.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Alice believes she is a fairy-in-training. She is certain that when she becomes a permanent fairy she will be able to do all of the things real fairies do. For now, she must content herself with small-scale magic like changing her dad into a horse (so he can play horsey with her) and making herself disappear (turning off the light switch). Her fairy dust is sugar that, in her mind, changes her yucky oatmeal into yummy cake. Sometimes, though, her magic powers get her into trouble and the Duchess (mommy) locks her in the tower (her room). In Alice the Fairy, Shannon returns to the unsophisticated, childlike paintings that were so successful in No, David! and its sequels. Since this is told from a preschooler's point of view, the artwork is the perfect complement to the story. Alice is a typical preschooler who truly believes if she hides under a blanket, she has disappeared. It is this innocence that makes the story so believable and charming. Alice is pretending to be a fairy and the reader wants nothing more than to join Alice as she waves her magic wand all around her world. 2004, Blue Sky Press, Ages 3 to 8.
—Joan Kindig, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Donning a fairy costume inspires a little girl's imagination in this droll picture book. Alice speaks for herself, claiming she can fly (not too high but really fast), can change her dad into a horse (for a horsey ride), can make herself disappear (by flicking off the light switch with her wand), and can turn oatmeal into cake by pouring on fairy dust (sugar). There are elements of danger, such as broccoli poisoned by the wicked Duchess (Mom) and baths (fairies hate baths), as well as mischief ("-my mom made cookies for my dad. So I turned them into mine") and mishaps ("Once I accidentally turned my white dress into a red one"). Alice knows that Permanent fairyhood requires a lot of tests, attending Advanced Fairy School, and learning how to "make clothes get up off the floor and- line up in the closet," so she'll "probably be a Temporary fairy forever." With his signature cartoon-style art and childlike lettering, Shannon has created a winsome, exuberant heroine whose wide eyes and toothy smile bring David to mind, though Alice's blond ringlets are all her own. Variety in page and text layout and the use of brilliant color make the pictures dance and occasionally pop right off the pages. An enjoyable romp.-Marie Orlando, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Young David, who ran bare-bottomed into the hearts of zillions, has a sister-or at least a kindred spirit! Unlike her nonverbal relative, though, she's quite a chatterbox. Introducing herself as a "Temporary fairy," she proceeds to demonstrate tricks she can do-magically turning Dad into a horsie, a plateful of Dad's cookies into her cookies, and, by waving her wand too close to a glass of juice, a white dress into a red one-and can't-making the dog, or her strewn clothes, float off the floor. A peg-toothed child sporting tied-on wings, and a sequined tiara atop blonde curls, Alice dances through Shannon's blotchy, scribbled domestic scenes. Her big personality shines forth from both pictures and hand-lettered nattering, and the touch of vulnerability that he adds to her brash self-confidence makes her all the more likable. Watch out, Olivia. (Picture book. 5-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439490252
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 137,658
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

David Shannon

David Shannon is the internationally acclaimed creator of more than thirty picture books, including NO, DAVID!, a Caldecott Honor Book and his second NEW YORK TIMES Best Illustrated Book of the Year. In addition to three more David picture books, Shannon’s bestsellers include TOO MANY TOYS; HOW GEORGIE RADBOURN SAVED BASEBALL (newly released in 2012); A BAD CASE OF STRIPES; DUCK ON A BIKE; ALICE THE FAIRY; and GOOD BOY, FERGUS! A native of Spokane, Washington, he is an avid fisherman. He and his family live in California.
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    1. Hometown:
      Los Angeles, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 5, 1960
    2. Place of Birth:
      Washington, D. C. (Raised in Spokane, Washington)
    1. Education:
      B.A., Art Center College of Design

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  • Posted December 22, 2009

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    My kids LOVE this book. I read it in a freaky fairy voice. They can't get enough! Alice is so wacky and fun. What an imagination that little Alice has!!

    I found this book at our local library. The librarian said her daughter was afraid of Alice's looks. Just in case my kids were turned off, I read the story in a freaky fairy voice - imagine Marge Simpson as an adorable 3-yr old. My 6 1/2 yr old and my 3 1/2 year old LOVE this story now.

    After renewing at the library 3-4x, I just had to purchase Alice the Fairy for our family library. The kids want me to read the story every week and they talk about Alice as if she is a real little girl.

    Get this book and have fun delving into Alice's imaginative world that is so true to life, you have to laugh at her antics. My favorite is how she made her daddy's cookies...hers!

    Why are you still reading this review? Buy the book already!!!!!

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  • Posted November 28, 2009

    Alice the fairy

    I like the book it was pretty good, well to me of course.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2008

    Fantastic kids book!

    What a terrific story about Morton and his annoying little brother. What do you think will happen if Morton can change his little brother into a dragon? The pictures of Morton and his expressions will keep you laughing for days!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2008

    Fun, 'Fairy'tale of a story!

    Alice the Fairy is a fun and imaginative story of a young girl using her magic wand and her imaginative powers to make the best of things. The pictures are are very enjoyable, and the story allows readers of all ages to expand their imaginations and using their magical wands to make undesired parts of life into things more enjoyable! A fun read for all!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2005

    Great book!

    My five year old and I LOVE this book! I have read it over and over to her and haven't gotten tired of it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2005

    My Favorite Children's Book Of All Time!

    I bought this book for my 4 year old niece and she and I both absolutely loved it!! The two of us spend alot of time reading together and this is our favorite. No sooner will I finish and she is asking me to read it again! I would recommend this book to anyone with small children, It's cute, witty and the illustrations are incredible!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2005

    funny, real, entertaining for all

    I love this book so much that i am giving it as one of my gifts for a baby shower. the most popular books to give to a little baby at a shower are the usual Goodnight Moon, Guess How Much I love You yada yada yada. Those are great books. Classics! That's why the person usually ends up getting about 4 each. David Shannon's books are so funny and very memorable. Here's to a book that is refreshing & alittle goofier than the norm!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2005

    Amusing

    I saw the cover and was intrigued enough to pick up this little delight. Very cute. Definetely something I wouldn't mind reading again and again to the children I take care of.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2004

    Even as a Temporary Fairy, Alice Casts A Powerful Spell!

    This grand and hilarious farce by Shannon (No David! ) is irresistible! The story is told by its star - an adorable, precocious, preschooler with a fanciful imagination who believes she¿s a fairy! Accordingly, her blond curls are topped with a tiara, she wears strap-on wings, and wields a magic wand. Admittedly, she¿s only a ¿Temporary¿ fairy because she hasn¿t passed all of the magic tests or attended ¿Advanced Fairy School¿ ¿ prerequisites to ¿Permanent¿ fairyhood. Alice exuberantly demonstrates her current array of tricks in loosely drawn, humorous, child-like illustrations. This includes ¿changing¿ her dad ¿into a horse¿ (having him give her a ride on his back), making herself ¿disappear¿ (by turning off the lights or hiding under her blanket), and ¿turning¿ her ¿oatmeal into cake¿ with ¿fairy dust¿ (sugar). She even tries unsuccessfully to do advanced tricks like making her ¿dog float on the ceiling¿ or her ¿clothes get up off the floor and dance around and line up in the closet.¿ She must also protect herself from the ¿wicked Duchess¿ (Mom) who once ¿locked [her] in the tower¿ (her room) and might to ¿poison¿ her with broccoli. Highly recommended for ages 2 to 6.

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