Mummy Fairy and Me
166pp., pbk., RRP $A14.99
“Hello. I’m called Ella Brook and I live in a town called Cherrywood. My best friends at school are Tom and Lenka. My worst enemy is Zoe. And then there is my mummy. She looks normal, like any other mummy . . . but she’s not. Because she can turn into a fairy. She just has to shut her eyes tight, say ‘Marshmallow’ . . . and POOF! She’s Mummy Fairy.
Ella’s family has a big secret – her mummy is a fairy! She can do amazing spells with her computawand. Only, sometimes the spells go a bit wrong, and that’s when Ella steps in to the rescue.”
This is a new series for those readers who are newly independent from the author of the Shopaholic series as well as a number of other books for adults. It is her first children’s book and she has nailed just the sort of thing that these young girls like to read and written it in a style that is similar to the way they write so it will engage them immediately. Short chapters, large font and lots of line drawings to support the text will support the reader as skills are honed and its future as live-action movies for television will ensure its future. There is already a sequel available.
Those of us of a certain age will remember the popularity of Bewitched, and this could have a similar future.