Magical Mix-Ups: Birthdays and Bridesmaids

Overview

Magical Mix-Ups is a companion series to the highly successful Mega Mash-Ups. These books once again combine great stories with the opportunity for readers to add to the illustrations by award-winning illustrator Leigh Hodgkinson. There’s a mix-up in Fairyland and it needs to be fixed by Emerald (a friendly witch) and Princess Sapphire, so get your colored pencils and glitter pens at the ready and start reading and doodling: after all, there’s a party to plan!
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Overview

Magical Mix-Ups is a companion series to the highly successful Mega Mash-Ups. These books once again combine great stories with the opportunity for readers to add to the illustrations by award-winning illustrator Leigh Hodgkinson. There’s a mix-up in Fairyland and it needs to be fixed by Emerald (a friendly witch) and Princess Sapphire, so get your colored pencils and glitter pens at the ready and start reading and doodling: after all, there’s a party to plan!
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This interactive chapter book, first in the Magical Mix-Ups series, takes place in the world of “Mixtopia,” where doe-eyed fairies, princesses, witches, and more live (mostly) in harmony. A loose story line follows unlikely friends Princess Sapphire and Emerald the witch as they prepare to attend a fairy wedding. Prompts urge readers to contribute their own drawings and complete unfinished pictures (“Crazy hair here, please!” “Add more patterns to the dress”). Disaster strikes when the wedding rings are stolen by a fairy whose birthday has been overlooked, and Princess Sapphire and Emerald go hunting for clues. Edwards and Hodgkinson provide just the right amount of narrative, allowing readers to confidently take the unicorn-drawn carriage reins. Ages 7–up. (Aug.)
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This interactive chapter book, first in the Magical Mix-Ups series, takes place in the world of "Mixtopia," where doe-eyed fairies, princesses, witches, and more live (mostly) in harmony. . . .Edwards and Hodgkinson provide just the right amount of narrative, allowing readers to confidently take the unicorn-drawn carriage reins.
—Publishers Weekly
Children's Literature - Mary Clemens
In the magical land of Mixtopia, where witches and princesses are best friends, anything can happen. Part coloring book, part Choose Your Own Adventure, the appeal of the "Magical Mix-ups" series is that the reader helps tell the story, filling in both details and illustrations resulting in a truly unique tale. Prompts throughout the story provide guidance—"What present would you give a fairy princess?" Word/art bubbles are provided for the reader to illustrate a first, second, and third choice. When Emerald the Witch is deciding what to wear to Princess Sneezebelle's wedding, the reader is prompted to add crazy hair, more patterns to her dress, wacky tights, and party shoes. A picture glossary is included should someone encounter illustrator's block and need some reassurance. The pink, black and white color scheme will appeal to the intended female audience as will the encouragement to use decorating tools such as glitter and sequins. Although not suitable for a library collection due to its interactive nature, the premise would make for an interesting creative writing/illustration exercise. Give as a gift to young artists who love all things magical and sparkly. Reviewer: Mary Clemens
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763662721
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 8/14/2012
  • Series: Mega Mix-Ups Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,386,737
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Marnie Edwards is the pseudonym of Nosy Crow’s fiction editor, Kirsty Stansfield. She works on the Mega Mash-Up books with Nikalas Catlow and Tim Wesson, and when retailers and parents started asking for books in the same format that were a little less "boysy," Kirsty decided to rise to the challenge. She lives in London with her husband and three children.

Leigh Hodgkinson is the author and illustrator of Goldilocks and Just One Bear and illustrator of the Magical Mix-Ups series. She worked as art director on the BAFTA award-winning animated series Charlie and Lola. She is absolutely passionate about writing, making things up, and daydreaming. Leigh Hodgkinson lives in Surrey, England, and is married with a baby daughter.

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