Caldecott Honor artist and bestselling author David Shannon's warm and funny new picture book introduces Alice, a mischievous little girl with a "No, David" nose for trouble and a magic wand.
Alice has a nose for trouble, but luckily she's a fairy--a Temporary Fairy. She has a magic wand, fairy wings, and a blanket, all of which she uses to disappear, to fly, to transform her dad into a horse, and to turn his cookies into her own! There are still a few things Alice needs to learn to become a Permanent Fairy, like how to float her dog on the ceiling and make her clothes put themselves away, but she's working on it--sort of. Here's an endearing, funny story about a girl and her magical imagination, sure to delight every fairy in training!
"Effervescent." Booklist "The pictures dance and occasionally pop right off the pages. An enjoyable romp." School Library Journal "A sunny (and ever-so-slightly spunky) delight." Publishers Weekly Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year Southern California Booksellers Association Book Award " Horn Book Magazine January 1, 2005 (Preschool, Primary) Alice the Fairy -- a "temporary" fairy with ambitions to become a permanent one -- has all sorts of tricks up her sleeve. She can make cookies disappear, make it dark in her house, and fly fast, but not high, with her wings. (Alice wishes she could avoid poisonous broccoli served by the "wicked duchess" and could take her baths in Jell-O, but her fairy powers are not that strong.) While her teeth are not as pointy and her behavior is not as naughty as her literary cousin, David (No, David!), there is definitely a physical resemblance that child readers will notice immediately: those enormous eyes radiate an unmistakably David-like energy (Alice's rambunctious games get her bouncing right off the page), and strawberry-blond corkscrew curls held in check by a dandy tiara cover a very round head. Readers of the David books might be initially disappointed that Alice is not as rude as he is, but they will enjoy the basic goodness, exuberance, and wild imagination of Shannon's latest character. Copyright 2005 of The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved. Booklist November 15, 2004 PreS. If Shannon's David is a little devil, Alice is on the angelic side (almost). Using the same oversize format that he did in books such as No, David! (1998), Shannon introduces young Alice, a fairy-in-training dressed up with wings, a wand, and patent leather shoes. Similar to David, she is drawn in doll-like style (though her teeth aren't sharp). Alice talks directly to her audience, informing them what fairies do and how she works her magic. One time my mom made cookies for my dad. So I turned them into mine, she says, as she eyes the plate of cookies; in the next picture the plate is almost empty, and there are crumbs all over Alice's face. A few of the analogies are a stretch (this fairy's life is filled with danger--in the form of broccoli), but kids will find most of the humor right at their level, in term
For Ages: 3 - 5 years old
Number Of Pages: 40
Published: 1st September 2004
Publisher: BLUE SKY PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 28.65 x 22.71 x 0.97
Weight (kg): 0.43