The Fuchsia Is Now
  • The Fuchsia Is Now
  • The Fuchsia Is Now

The Fuchsia Is Now

by J. Otto Seibold
     
 

On her birthday Fuchsia receives a great surprise--a pretty new hat with a magic fairy inside! The fairy tells Fuchsia to close her eyes and make a special wish . . . and before Fuchsia knows it, she has three cute new friends to play with--Pigoh, Fwoggy, and Meowse! The friends play all day until it is time for bed. As she drifts off to sleep, Fuchsia knows her… See more details below

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Overview

On her birthday Fuchsia receives a great surprise--a pretty new hat with a magic fairy inside! The fairy tells Fuchsia to close her eyes and make a special wish . . . and before Fuchsia knows it, she has three cute new friends to play with--Pigoh, Fwoggy, and Meowse! The friends play all day until it is time for bed. As she drifts off to sleep, Fuchsia knows her friends will return the next day. All she has to do is say the magic words, "THE FUCHSIA IS NOW!"

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Blaring pink, pumpkin orange, lime green and robin's-egg blue form wild combinations in Seibold's (Olive, My Love) quirky new volume, whose rounded corners and heavy paper suggest an oversize board book. Fuchsia, a doll-like girl the vibrant color of her name, receives a pink hat for her fifth birthday. In the smooth close-ups, Fuchsia-with her curved limbs, long-lashed oval eyes, no nose and a half-circle smile-resembles a happy baby bottle capped by a rubber nipple. "One day Fuchsia decides to make her hat fancy," so she picks a flower from the fuchsia tree. " `What a lovely tree, and it is named after me!' she thinks aloud." A fairy emerges, feet first, from the bell-shaped flower, and reveals some odd magic words: "The fuchsia is now." The heroine says the phrase and wishes for playmates. Soon she has three unusual friends, including a talking pig (aptly named Pigoh), frog (Fwoggy) and mouse (Meowse), with a tail like a lariat. These characters don't do much; instead, they seem like a set of plastic toy figurines, immobilized on the pages and set in motion only by readers' imaginations. Yet Seibold's deliberately basic storytelling in a childlike voice, as though made up on the spot-implies their instant friendship, and the jolting secondary-color scheme and abstract digital art lend a hallucinatory twist. Seibold conjures an air of dreamy free-association and sweetly proposes that the dangling pistils of certain flowers are, in fact, fairy feet. Ages 3-6. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-K-A little girl-who is Fuchsia in both name and hue-blows out her birthday candle, opens her present, and dons the dazzling pink hat inside. She wears it constantly, and one day decides to adorn it with a flower from a fuchsia tree. A voice instructs the child to close her eyes and say, "THE FUCHSIA IS NOW," and when she does so, a fairy emerges, ready to grant wishes. Fuchsia asks for some new friends, and magic dust and funny incantations produce a pig, a frog, and a mouse. They play together all afternoon, and, as bedtime approaches, the fairy sends the animals home with a "ZIP-ZIP-ZAP!" promising they will return the next day. The invocation of imaginary playmates is hardly a new subject; nevertheless, the familiar story is delivered with appropriate simplicity and imbued with bold wake-me-up colors and zany cartoon illustrations.-Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Seibold gives a child a set of more or less imaginary playmates in this twee, quirky episode. Out of the fuchsia flower with which young Fuchsia decides to decorate her birthday hat drops a fairy, who with a wave of her wand furnishes three companions aptly named Pigoh, Fwoggy and Meowse. Though the three disappear at day's end, the fairy assures Fuchsia that the magic words of the title will bring them back any time. Printed on card stock with rounded corners, the illustrations feature thick-lined cartoon figures with big, solid black eyes placed against monochromatic backgrounds. Pre-readers may enjoy the story, but the punning title promises clever developments that never materialize. (Picture book. 5-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439635592
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/2006
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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