Saturday, October 18, 2014

First of the Christmas picture books


The Toy Fairy by Stephanie Thatcher, Duck Creek Press

My grandchildren thoroughly enjoyed Stephanie’s two previous picture books, Great Galloping Galoot and The Quiet Pirate. This story is a bit quieter and more contemplative than those two, and I have a sneaking suspicion it may appeal more to the (only) granddaughter because of the fairy aspect. Parents will have a secret chuckle to themselves because the plot begins with Joe “forgetting” to put away his toys at bedtime. He’s convinced Dad is removing the toys, despite Dad telling him they’ve been taken by the Toy Fairy. But when Joe lays a trap and stays awake, he ends up with a huge surprise. The Toy Fairy takes a lot more than just a few toys… There’s a handy little moral peeping through at the end of the story. Stephanie’s pencil and watercolour illustrations are done in calm muted colours that match the homely setting of    the story – and make it an excellent book for bedtime reading. However pre-school centres and early primary classes may find it useful as a “settle-down” read-aloud for groups. (Also available in hardback).
ISBN 978 1 877378 99 7

210 x 255, 32 pages
Hardback, ISBN 978-1-877378-98-0, RRP: $29.99
Paperback, ISBN 978-1-877378-99-7, RRP: $19.99
 
Reviewed by Lorraine Orman

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