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Gone with the Wand
     

Gone with the Wand

by Margie Palatini
 

Can Edith the tooth fairy help Bernice the godmother of all fairies find her magical powers again, or is Bernice doomed to live out the rest of her fairy life wand-less?

"If yours truly, Edith Molarnari, tooth fairy second class, hadn't seen it with my own two peepers, I wouldn't have believed it myself —- Bernice Sparklestein, once the best fairy godmother

Overview

Can Edith the tooth fairy help Bernice the godmother of all fairies find her magical powers again, or is Bernice doomed to live out the rest of her fairy life wand-less?

"If yours truly, Edith Molarnari, tooth fairy second class, hadn't seen it with my own two peepers, I wouldn't have believed it myself —- Bernice Sparklestein, once the best fairy godmother in the biz, having a bad wand day. A very bad wand day."

Margie Palatini's heartwarmingly hilarious story about helping friends and finding your place in life along the way, and Brian Ajhar's beautifully fun illustrations will have both children and adults giggling out loud.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Cynthia Levinson
Tooth Fairy Second Class, Edith B. Cuspid takes it upon herself to help Bernice Sparklestein, formerly the best Fairy Godmother in the universe, overcome her very bad wand day. Bernice cannot even materialize a pot of tea or change a frog into a prince. Edith sprinkles her with fairy dust, which only makes Bernice sneeze. She turns her into a Snow Fairy but Bernice's wings freeze. After more failed attempts, Edith comes up with a plan. She takes Bernice on her next nocturnal tooth-fairy trip where she notices that too many children are not tucked snuggly into their beds. Thereafter, Bernice announces that she will become the "Goodnight, Sleeptight, Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite Fairy Godmother," at which point her wand glows again. This wordy, meandering book has the kernel of an appealing idea; however, Edith's solution to her friend's problem does not solve a problem introduced in the book. Nowhere in her nightly journeys has Edith spied an untucked child. Thus, her solution seems arbitrary and good only for the fairy, not for children. Like the text, the illustrations are overly complicated and unclear. Why is a lecherous old prince chasing a frightened young princess? Why is Bernice sprinkling dust over the seven dwarves? Since neither Bernice nor her wand disappears, what does the title mean? The book might appeal to adults, who will understand the literary references in the title, text, and illustrations, but less so to children. Reviewer: Cynthia Levinson
School Library Journal

K-Gr 3

When the world's top fairy godmother loses her magical powers, her tooth-fairy friend attempts to help her find a new gig: sugarplum fairy, snow fairy-but nothing works for the plump pixie. Then her pal hatches a plan to find a job that is totally necessary for the good of family sleep and harmony-tucking children into bed as a "Goodnight, Sleeptight, Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite Fairy Godmother!" The overlong story, told in the tooth fairy's ditzy and slightly sassy voice, features the usual Palatini puns and wanders lazily along to the conclusion. Ajhar has created distinctive characters, and the full-color spreads are dominated by magenta and blue hues. Older children familiar with fairy godmothers from classic tales may appreciate this fairy's dilemma more than young children do, but it's hard to say if they will care.-Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library, WI

Kirkus Reviews
When a fairy godmother's wand gets that burnt look, and she doesn't even have enough "bippidy left in her to salacadoo one more pumpkin," it just may be time for a change of specialty. Or so advises Tooth Fairy Second Class Edith B. Cuspid, dismayed to see the legendary Bernice Sparkelstein sinking into a funk. Unfortunately, experiments with fairy dust, snowflakes and especially sugarplums don't work out for Bernice at all. It's time for something less traditional. In a flash of inspiration Edith comes up with just the thing. Tucking occasional bits of funny business into the backgrounds, Ajhar matches Palatini's typically twinkly, playful prose with offhandedly baroque scenes of the two middle-aged fairies-one short and round in apron and pinafore, the other tall, skinny and sporting a feathered boa beneath a mane of frizzy red ringlets-flitting hither, yon and into the bedrooms of sleeping young royals. Capped with an ending as cozy as it is happy, this satisfying "fairy's tale" offers children a bit of extra TLC, and perhaps a little nudge for some parents, too. (Picture book. 6-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439727686
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
04/15/2009
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD530L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Margie Palatini is the author of many hilarious books for children including, OINK; THE CHEESE; THREE SILLY BILLIES; and NO BITING, LOUISE. GONE WITH THE WAND is her first book with Orchard Books. She lives in Plainfield, New Jersey with her husband and son where she spends her days dreaming up silly new stories.

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