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Monday, 9 September 2013

Review: Mary the Hairy Fairy

The author of the outrageously funny The Iddly Widdly Fiddly Poo (KBR review here), and The Iddly Widdly Fiddly Pop-off (KBR review here) has produced another highly entertaining story in rhyming verse with the strong theme of being comfortable with who you are.

Mary has grown up in Fickle Town with the optimistic belief that she can do anything. Her favourite expression is, ‘How hard can it be?’ She stands out amongst the tiny fairies because of her massive amount of hair.

She dreams about being like the others, getting a job and making her parents proud, but each time she applies for something, her hair always gets in the way. She cuts it short and dyes it red, but it doesn’t seem to make any difference.

Giving in to grief and disillusionment at failing again and again, Mary’s tears are interrupted by screams. The Meanies have attacked the fairies’ homes, hers included, to steal their honey. She charges forward against the robbers with a courage and strength she didn’t realise she had. The Meanies run for the woods in terror and Mary, well, Mary remembers the words of the elf, ‘the thing you are best at is being yourself.’ Sometimes the strengths which lay hidden inside need the appropriate situation to bring them to the surface.

The illustrations in bold vibrant colours are incredible with something to laugh at on each page, especially the expressions of the characters (even those of the clouds). Children will enjoy exploring each page of Mary the Hairy Fairy and discovering tiny unexpected illustrations within the pages.

Title: Mary the Hairy Fairy
Author/Illustrator: Daniel Corcoran
Publisher: characteristix, $14.95 RRP
Publication Date: May 2013
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780980817973
For Ages: 5+
Type: Picture Book

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