Magic Mess!

Magic Mess!

by Teresa Murfin
     
 


Everybody knows that fairies are charming little creatures, dainty, pretty, and tidy. Airy Fairy is different. Young readers who make her acquaintance soon realize that she does have charm--but dainty? Tidy? Not Airy Fairy! Kids will laugh as they read these stories about the messiest fairy in town. Funny stories, vivid characters, and amusing line art fill the… See more details below

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Everybody knows that fairies are charming little creatures, dainty, pretty, and tidy. Airy Fairy is different. Young readers who make her acquaintance soon realize that she does have charm--but dainty? Tidy? Not Airy Fairy! Kids will laugh as they read these stories about the messiest fairy in town. Funny stories, vivid characters, and amusing line art fill the pages of the Airy Fairy series. Each story appears in chapters, just like an adult's novel, but Airy Fairy's humorous adventures are written on a level that will appeal to girls and boys. In this funny story, the fairies at the Academy for Good Fairies are using magic spells to make a birthday gift for Fairy Gropplethorpe. All except Airy Fairy, whose efforts are being badly muddled by the mischief of Scary Fairy. Black-and-white illustrations on nearly every page.

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Publishers Weekly
This breezy snippet of a story introduces the Airy Fairy series, centering on a student at a school for orphaned fairies, located in a tree house high up in an old oak. As the tale opens, the other young fairies proudly show off the spring flowers they have grown. But in Airy Fairy's pot are bloomless sprouts, which headmistress Fairy Gropplethorpe identifies as spring onions. The one responsible for the gardening mishap is Airy Fairy's nemesis, sneaky Scary Fairy, who always gets everything right and constantly tries to get Airy Fairy in trouble. In the simple plot, the fairies attempt three tasks, which they can use magic to complete. Miss Stickler directs them to clean up their bedrooms, paint the walls of their rooms and "magic up" a present for Fairy Gropplethorpe's birthday. Even though Scary Fairy sabotages Airy Fairy's spells, the good little fairy lands on top in kid-pleasing fashion. The narrative's brevity and Murfin's comically hyperbolic drawings make this a good choice for reluctant readers. Youngsters will likely be sufficiently drawn to this bumbling, likable protagonist to reach for her other misadventures: Magic Mischief! (0-7641-3186-9), Magic Mix-Up! (0-7641-3189-3) and Magic Muddle! (0-7641-3187-7) being published simultaneously. Ages 7-10. (July) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Patrice Russo Belotte
At Fairy Gropplethorpe's Academy, all good fairies learn about magic and spelling. However, Airy Fairy learns best on her own, making silly mistakes that constantly keep her under the watchful eyes of her teacher and classmates. In this book, part of the "Airy Fairy" series, the young fairy must pull things together in time to surprise Fairy Gropplethorpe for her Rainbow Birthday. Unfortunately, her tasks are easier spelled then done with Scary Fairy around, the best student at the academy and Airy's worst enemy. Mischief and magic cause Airy to lose her cleaning spells, leaving her on her own to tidy her room and paint it in time for the surprise. Then, Airy must decide what to get the good fairy for her birthday. Frustration sets in as spell after spell yields only disasters. Airy's determination shines through, as do her friends when they help her clean up her inevitable messes. Guided by her goodness and a slightly damaged wand, Airy uses creativity to impress Fairy Gropplethorpe on her big day. Imaginative illustrations support the silly antics of this cute, little fairy. Reviewer: Patrice Russo Belotte

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764131882
Publisher:
Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/01/2005
Series:
Airy Fairy Books
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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