FAIRY DUST AND THE QUEST FOR THE EGG

This scion of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan builds on many familiar elements including the Neverland location, mermaids, Captain Hook, Tinker Bell, fairies, fairy dust and never growing old. However, the real story belongs to Prilla, Neverland’s newest fairy who unfortunately lacks a talent, something essential for a Never fairy. Wise Mother Dove is sure Prilla will discover her talent, but then a hurricane intervenes, injuring Mother Dove and her egg. Since Mother Dove’s annual molting produces the critical fairy dust and her perennially un-hatched egg ensures the inhabitants will never age, Neverland’s future is threatened. Mother Dove dispatches Prilla and two other fairies to find a golden hawk feather, Captain Hook’s jeweled cigar holder and a mermaid comb to tempt the dragon Kyto to repair the egg. Prilla’s quest to save Neverland and find her talent is worthy of the best fairy tale in its own right—without the Pan trappings. And despite some comic Disney-like touches, the full-color watercolor illustrations are in the glorious tradition of Arthur Rackham. Clap your hands if you believe in fairies! (Fantasy. 8-12)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 2005

ISBN: 0-7868-3491-9

Page Count: 208

Publisher: Disney Press

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2005

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With comically realistic black-and-white illustrations by Selznick (The Robot King, 1995, etc.), this is a captivating...

FRINDLE

Nicholas is a bright boy who likes to make trouble at school, creatively. 

When he decides to torment his fifth-grade English teacher, Mrs. Granger (who is just as smart as he is), by getting everyone in the class to replace the word "pen'' with "frindle,'' he unleashes a series of events that rapidly spins out of control. If there's any justice in the world, Clements (Temple Cat, 1995, etc.) may have something of a classic on his hands. By turns amusing and adroit, this first novel is also utterly satisfying. The chess-like sparring between the gifted Nicholas and his crafty teacher is enthralling, while Mrs. Granger is that rarest of the breed: a teacher the children fear and complain about for the school year, and love and respect forever after. 

With comically realistic black-and-white illustrations by Selznick (The Robot King, 1995, etc.), this is a captivating tale—one to press upon children, and one they'll be passing among themselves. (Fiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1996

ISBN: 0-689-80669-8

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 1996

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DONAVAN'S WORD JAR

Donavan's friends collect buttons and marbles, but he collects words. ``NUTRITION,'' ``BALLYHOO,'' ``ABRACADABRA''—these and other words are safely stored on slips of paper in a jar. As it fills, Donavan sees a storage problem developing and, after soliciting advice from his teacher and family, solves it himself: Visiting his grandma at a senior citizens' apartment house, he settles a tenants' argument by pulling the word ``COMPROMISE'' from his jar and, feeling ``as if the sun had come out inside him,'' discovers the satisfaction of giving his words away. Appealingly detailed b&w illustrations depict Donavan and his grandma as African-Americans. This Baltimore librarian's first book is sure to whet readers' appetites for words, and may even start them on their own savory collections. (Fiction. 8-11)

Pub Date: June 30, 1994

ISBN: 0-06-020190-8

Page Count: 72

Publisher: HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1994

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