I love reading to my kids, it is special time we love to spend together. I also want to instill in my children our family’s love of books. Funny chapter books are a favorite to read aloud. When I received Fairy Mom and Me, I was hooked from the first page. I loved the way it read, and my kids loved the story. The book is written by Sophie Kinsella and illustrated by Marta Kissi.
Ella Brook’s mother is not like most moms. Ella’s mom can turn into a fairy anytime she shuts her eyes and says “Marshmallow.” Just like magic, Ella’s mom has shimmering wings, a silver crown, can fly, disappear and do all sorts of other magic.
Ella’s mom is more of a high-tech fairy, she just bought a new wand called the Computawand V5 that has magic powers, a computer screen and an Extra-Fast Magic button. Ella cannot wait until she is old enough to be a fairy like her mom. Ella has a dad and a one year old brother named Ollie. Most days Ella’s mom works as a boss in her office.
There is one problem, Ella’s mom always forgets the magic codes she needs to press into her computawand to cast spells. Pushing in the wrong code, always ends up in a big mess. Like the time they needed more milk in a hurry. Mom turned into a fairy and pushed a code into her wand, but instead of more milk, a cow appeared in the middle of the kitchen. The cow broke mom’s favorite cups, knocked things to the ground, and pooped on the kitchen floor.
When mom tries to fix things, it does not go much better. Another code produces a chocolate milk rain shower right in the kitchen. Trying to fix that, Mom punches in code after code, each brings another crazy mess and shows Mom needs to watch more fairy lessons on fairy tube with her teacher Fenella.
Another time, Ella was excited because Mom was learning the cupcake spell. It was Saturday and her best friends Tom and Lenka were coming for dinner along with her not best friend Zoe. Zoe did mean things to Ella, like spilling water on her lunch and pretending it was an accident. Zoe looked mad even when she was smiling. Since they lived next door to each other, their moms wanted them to be best friends. Ella was excited about the cupcakes for dessert. If only, things went smoothly, but as usual, Mom messed up the codes and mayhem happened instead.
Each chapter is a disaster of a different kind. All start with Mom’s good intentions, but end up being disastrous. The last chapter is about field day at school. Ella’s aunt, who is also a fairy, comes and casts a spell that causes Ella to win unfairly. It leads to a squabble between Ella’s mom and aunt, and in the end, they use one more spell to rewind the whole event to the beginning. This time they do not use any spells and Ella and her friend Tom win the race because they worked together as a team. That is the best way to win!
This book is funny with mishap after mishap but in the end, kids learn they can do whatever they want with their own power, they don’t have to cheat, use magic spells or anything else.
About the Author:
SOPHIE KINSELLA is the author of the bestselling Shopaholic series, as well as the novels Can You Keep a Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, I’ve Got Your Number, Wedding Night, and Finding Audrey. She lives in England. Visit her website at sophiekinsella.co.uk or find her on Instagram at @sophiekinsellawriter and Twitter at @KinsellaSophie.
About the Illustrator:
MARTA KISSI is a freelance illustrator living and working in London. She studied illustration and animation at Kingston University and completed her MA at the Royal College of Art. She now works on various children book projects as well as covers and editorial pieces for both children and adults.
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