A Dreadful Fairy Book (Those Dreadful Fairy Books Series #1)

A Dreadful Fairy Book (Those Dreadful Fairy Books Series #1)

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ISBN-13: 9781948705141
Publisher: Amberjack Publishing
Publication date: 11/20/2018
Series: Those Dreadful Fairy Books Series , #1
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 248,093
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

The author of this dreadful tale, one Mr. Jon Etter, grew up in his local library in Forrest, Illinois (Population 1200 and some dogs) and eventually migrated north to Wisconsin, where he has taught high school English for the past twenty years.

When not teaching or attempting to domesticate his two children, Jon has written a number of proper tales—mostly fantasy—for The London Journal of Fiction, The Singularity, The Great Tome of Forgotten Relics and Artifacts, and other venues. A Dreadful Fairy Book is his first novel for kids and he’s loved every minute of working on it that wasn’t spent with Quentin Q. Quacksworth, whom Jon describes as “the opposite of fun,” although he does enjoy how annoyed Quacksworth gets when referred to as “Triple Q” or “Q Cubed.”


In his storied, 43-year career as a professional narrator, Quentin Quigley Quacksworth has worked on many wonderful, proper pieces of literature. His greatest regret, professional or personal, is his involvement with Jon Etter, whom he describes as “a pugnacious purveyor of puerile prose,” and A Dreadful Fairy Book, which he strongly urges publishers, parents, teachers, and librarians to keep out of the hands of children.

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A Dreadful Fairy Book 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anthony_E 28 days ago
I read this in a digital format, but without illustrations. I am anxiously awaiting my preordered copy :) What I particularly enjoy about this book is its world-building. Yes, there is an element of self-awareness at work, which many of the other reviews have pointed out, but for me the real draw was the sort of tongue-in-cheek populating of this land, as though all of the characters are sort of the neglected step-children of more famous fairytale archetypes. It's not parody exactly, so much as a softer form of adventure tale, akin to say Adventure Time and its ilk, or Bone, where the comic sort of seeps into the dire, and vice versa.
Academic_Momma 30 days ago
Finally a fairy book I can get behind. I remember lamenting with classmates in graduate school about the dreadfulness of many fairy tales - too many distressed damsels and daring dudes. Armed with that knowledge, I often cringed my way through overly syrupy and stereotypical fairy books when my kids were younger. Enter Shade, protagonist of A Dreadful Fairy Book, who provides evidence that fairies can be complex, flawed, and relatable creatures who struggle to find a sense of belonging. From Etter's writing, it is clear that he respects the intelligence of his readers - the humor is witty and smart, and the story is complex. A whimsical read for children and adults alike!
WeveGotSnacksNow 26 days ago
As a father of three, I have spent a fair amount of time reading dreadful fairy books. Boring, cookie-cutter stories that brought little enjoyment to me or my children. A Dreadful Fairy Book is clearly different. Despite the narrator's warning, this book is filled with delightful characters and adventures that DO teach wonderful lessons (take that Mr. Quacksworth!). At every turn there is a character that is not quite what he or she seems, ready to challenge the expectations you have from those other truly "dreadful fairy books" out there. These characters will not only make you laugh, but teach your children that you can't "judge a book by its cover," all while reinforcing the love of reading and knowledge. My nine-year-old son raves about this book and is reading it for the second time. My eight-year-old daughter can't put it down. While it is a bit "young" for her, my thirteen-year-old enjoyed it. Even this 40+ year-old kid found himself laughing out loud at times. Will every person that picks up this book love everything about it? No. Just as flying is not for every fairy or being nasty isn't for every troll. But if your child is looking for a fun read with unexpected characters and a story that encourages a love of reading, this book is a fantastic choice. And, if after you read the book, you utterly and completely disagree with my review, well... get donkled you termite kisser. Feel free to go back to those other dreadful fairy books. I myself am waiting for the next installment from Mr. Etter!
Elizabeth-J 27 days ago
My 10-year-old voracious reader and I both read this book, and it was a delight! Full of adventure and humor. We both appreciated the not your usual fairy story take on this quest of self discovery. Shade is a cranky, imperfect protagonist who doesn’t quite fit in with the flightier residents of her home village. As she sets off into the wider world, she finds a whole host of nontraditional fairies who befriend and support her along the way. Although there are dangers to transcend, Shade finally discovers a magical place to spend her days, somewhere other fairies may also find some refuge. A whimsical, fun read, and an asset to any book shelf.
MilwaukeeMom 3 months ago
This story was pure fun and whimsy, and it had my kids laughing aloud and begging for the next chapter. Full of memorable characters, including the sometimes surly protagonist, an array of other misfit fairies, and a reluctant narrator who is a character in his own right, this tale is ultimately a love letter to books and their most sacred home: the library. It also shows kids that it's OK to defy convention and take your own path. Although the book's description says it's for kids ages 8-12, my 5-year-old enjoyed it as a read-aloud chapter book, and I loved it as a 30-something mom. I especially enjoyed the author's wink-and-nod parodies of classic literary titles. All in all, this book lived up to its cover claim of being "a fairy tale for all ages," and I look forward to the next installment of Shade's adventures.
bookluvr35SL 3 months ago
I laughed all the way through this book. Even though it is technically a children's book I loved it. It was fun trying to catch what well-known fairytale they were doing a parody of, or what book title they were making a play on. I highly suggest this book for pretty much all ages, and for anyone needing a good laugh, or even just a little cheering up.
Bequette 3 months ago
A children’s story that is somehow equal parts Lemony Snicket, the Marx Brothers, Monty Python, the Hobbit, and imaginative whimsy and insanity that could only have been concocted in this author’s brain. A Dreadful Fairy Book is a fun and engaging read that will appeal to readers of all ages and leave them much more cheerful than they’ll ever find their main character.
Anonymous 26 days ago
I loved A Dreadful Fairy Tale from beginning to end. Nothing was as expected- I was left guessing throughout. The characters really came to life for me and had such distinct personalities. I wanted to be friends with them, especially Ginch. I was surprised by how badly I wanted Shade to find a library but then I was almost disappointed when she did because it meant the book would be ending. I cannot wait for the next in the series. My 9 year old, who would never pick up a typical fairy book, also loved it and couldn’t put it down- so much so that she read it in a single sitting.
Anonymous 3 months ago
In the details of the book I could picture everything come alive like I was adventuring along with the heroine Shade. No one is who you would expect them to be, and that was a fun thing to see play out in the story. I loved the humor, the narrator, and the book titles that seemed to reference popular books. The illustrations are also awesome.
SchizanthusNerd 3 months ago
“A place with books and people who read them - that’s where I need to be.” Shade is a sprite who doesn’t fit in. Her home in Pleasant Hollow is a constant reminder of the bullying she endured when she was younger for being different and all that she has lost: her mother who went to fight in a war and never returned, and her father who died. Now her home and more importantly her precious 74 books have been lost to a fire after some “grub-sucking, slime-licking mudbrains” set off fireworks in the middle of the forest. Shade is “dingle-dangle” furious and storms off (she doesn’t like flying) into the Merry Forest, after making sure she tells the other sprites to “Get donkled!” I don’t mind fake swearing generally because it’s usually humourous but, with the spite that came with a lot of the swearing in this book, the chuckles weren’t there for me. Shade has never ventured outside of her village before so she isn’t quite sure where she’s going but, armed with the knowledge she’s gained by reading and fuelled by rage and determination, she begins a quest to find more books; hopefully enough to last her a lifetime. “Books that we love truly are our friends, always there to comfort us in times of trouble, revel with us in times of joy, and inspire countless acts of kindness, nobility, and goodwill every day of our lives.” It’s difficult to believe that a character who spends the entire book on the hunt for a library could be as obnoxious and surly as Shade, the main character. Although there are glimpses of something softer beneath the surface (deep, deep down), Shade is mostly acerbic and downright rude to practically everyone who is unfortunate enough to cross her path. Even those who help her along the way are not immune to her venom. Because the narrator overslept they wound up stuck narrating this story and all they do is whinge about it; what a terrible story this is, how you should skip to the end of the chapter, blah blah blah. If you enjoy reading commentary from someone who consistently tells you how “dreadful” what you’re reading is you may like the narrator. I absolutely hated the narrator and wish that they’d kept sleeping so they never made it into this story at all. Each time the narrator intruded on the story I wanted to stop reading altogether and almost gave up entirely several times. Rather than adding any depth or another point of view to the story I felt they detracted from it. I would have enjoyed this book a lot more if the narrator’s lines magically disappeared. Every so often they’d add something that didn’t make me want to slap them, but it was rare. “And we all know, no matter how many books we come to read and love in life, how special that first beloved book is, don’t we, my friend?” My favourite characters were Chauncey the Gentletroll (it made my blood boil when he was called a “ponce”) and the Professor, who was blissfully silent for the majority of the book. I really enjoyed discovering how the card catalogue in the library worked; it was imaginative, magical and I need this system for my own personal library. I would also like to visit some of Chauncey’s uncle’s vacations. My moral of the story: A bookworm without books is pretty insufferable. Make sure books are always available to them and you’ll be okay. Thank you to NetGalley and Amberjack Publishing for the opportunity to read this book.