Philippa Fisher tries and fails to summon a fairy, but is taken aback when Daisy, the new girl at school, announces that she is her fairy godmother – or godsister, since they are the same age. Daisy is not best pleased with Philippa, but she has a mission to fulfil and is obliged to stick with her until she has granted her three wishes. The three wishes are at the heart of a traditional story in a thoroughly contemporary setting, which touches on friendship, luck and how we decide what we really want. It sparkles with magic and has the same warmth, charm and quirky characterization that Liz Kessler brought to her first three books.
Out February 7th, 2008
I recently found this book at a local thrift shop and snatched it up right away. I’ve heard a lot about this author mainly for her other children’s series, “Emily Windsnap.”
A fairy tale fantasy involving a girl given three wishes that go awry and a fairy that must learn a lesson about compassion.
It’s a perfect book for young readers, with an evenly moving pace and cute characters. What initially attracted me to this book was the cover and the premise/synopsis I read on the back cover. Naturally, I’m a sucker for a fantasy read… so I picked it up and with no regrets, read it. I loved it!
I can see a young reader sitting in his/her room with this book and experiencing the world of the fantasy genre for the first time, amid giggles of laughter and sighs of whimsy. It’s a great book and should entertain ages between 7 to ten/eleven easily.
The main characters, Phillipa and Daisy, soon become friends–one a human and the other, a fairy. Their character arcs develop wonderfully, with Daisy moving Phillipa toward her goals with humor and adventure.
It’s a good story to teach young ones to appreciate what you have, believe in yourself and treasure friendship–three great things to help get them through life. The writing appeals to young readers and is not written ‘over their heads.’
This is the first book in the series written by Liz Kessler. I searched for it when a friend’s daughter talked incessantly about it. I believe it appeals to those of grades four or five the most.
This book is nothing like “Emily Windsnap series,” even though I’ve heard many compare the two as being similar. I believe this is a first book in a series. There are also a few illustrations.
Overall, I think it’s a fun, cute read that will be easily enjoyed.
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