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. Volume XII Number 9 . . . . January 6, 2006
What a pretty book! Readers familiar with Clibbon's Imagine You Are a Mermaid and others in that series will recognize the whimsical tone of the text and illustrations. The Fairy Party Book is a 2005 Annick reprint of a Zero to Ten (Evans) publication from last year, and its English origin is evident.
May Clibbon, who styles herself 'Magic Meg' in the credits, describes various aspects of a fairy party. Young readers may glean some imaginative ideas for their gatherings of their own fellow fairy enthusiasts, but this is mainly a lighthearted fantasy. For example, did you know that in preparing party invitations, "The artist fairies have lovely workrooms full of glitter, birch bark, special hand-made paper, and lots of helpers who check that the date, time, place and theme are clearly written. Then the invitations are given to the robin post and the guests can start to get ready."
Illustrator Lucy Loveheart, who in our world goes by the name of Lucy Clibbon, splashes colour all around. Childlike fairies fill the page along with singing flowers, glowing packages and jars, and a host of helpful elves. The cover gets an extra helping of fairy-dust, with glitter-covered wings and stars.
This charming volume is the right book to offer to many little girls, and the right price to purchase for a public library collection or as a gift.
Ellen Heaney is Head of Children's Services at the New Westminster Public Library in New Westminster, BC.
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