A fun, eye-catching title that’s sure to appeal to fans of fairy stories.

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THE MAGIC COLORS OF SPARKLESHIRE

A young fairy dreams of bringing color to her world in middle-grade author Collen’s (Alicia Gets Ready for Adventure!, 2016) worldbuilding introduction to Sparkleshire, with illustrations by Trumble.

Young Fairy Jocelyn sees a brilliant, colorful light display in the sky, emanating from where Tooth Fairies leave for Earth. It turns out that the Fairies’ magic draws its power from bright colors, so all the color in Sparkleshire, where the Fairies live, is therefore muted and bland. Jocelyn wants to change this, so she convinces her mother to help her earn the right to wear the crown of Sparkleshire, upgrading her dream of merely becoming a Tooth Fairy to becoming the Fairy Queen. But in order to become queen, she must master the magic of every color, each of which symbolizes a Fairy’s “personal strength”: orange for daring, blue for loyalty, yellow for industry, green for ingenuity, red for humor, purple for dignity, and pink for hope. Jocelyn and her mother visit the Tooth Fairy Routing Dock, and Jocelyn is dazzled by the magic that surrounds her, beautifully portrayed in an illustration showing the colors reflecting in her eyes. She’s also delighted when her mother, in the proximity of so much magic, turns pink. The story ends with a hint of Jocelyn beginning her mission by spreading color around her, without her even seeming to notice. This conclusion leaves room for future tales about the young Fairy’s quest to become queen. The light emphasis on plot in this installment allows Collen to focus on exploring the fictional world of her middle-grade novels, and this also gives Trumble plenty of prompts to use gorgeous colors in his illustrations. These images brilliantly contrast the sepia-toned and magically active sections of Sparkleshire; the diverse cast of fairies, whose skin tones are nearly as multihued as their magic, is similarly welcome. The depiction of the loving relationship between Jocelyn and her mother, who fully supports her daughter’s ambitions, is also strong.

A fun, eye-catching title that’s sure to appeal to fans of fairy stories.

Pub Date: April 3, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-9855732-9-4

Page Count: 30

Publisher: Streamline Brands

Review Posted Online: July 31, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2017

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BECAUSE I HAD A TEACHER

A paean to teachers and their surrogates everywhere.

This gentle ode to a teacher’s skill at inspiring, encouraging, and being a role model is spoken, presumably, from a child’s viewpoint. However, the voice could equally be that of an adult, because who can’t look back upon teachers or other early mentors who gave of themselves and offered their pupils so much? Indeed, some of the self-aware, self-assured expressions herein seem perhaps more realistic as uttered from one who’s already grown. Alternatively, readers won’t fail to note that this small book, illustrated with gentle soy-ink drawings and featuring an adult-child bear duo engaged in various sedentary and lively pursuits, could just as easily be about human parent- (or grandparent-) child pairs: some of the softly colored illustrations depict scenarios that are more likely to occur within a home and/or other family-oriented setting. Makes sense: aren’t parents and other close family members children’s first teachers? This duality suggests that the book might be best shared one-on-one between a nostalgic adult and a child who’s developed some self-confidence, having learned a thing or two from a parent, grandparent, older relative, or classroom instructor.

A sweet, soft conversation starter and a charming gift. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: March 1, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-943200-08-5

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Compendium

Review Posted Online: Dec. 14, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2017

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LAST DAY BLUES

From the Mrs. Hartwell's Classroom Adventures series

One more myth dispelled for all the students who believe that their teachers live in their classrooms. During the last week of school, Mrs. Hartwell and her students reflect on the things they will miss, while also looking forward to the fun that summer will bring. The kids want to cheer up their teacher, whom they imagine will be crying over lesson plans and missing them all summer long. But what gift will cheer her up? Numerous ideas are rejected, until Eddie comes up with the perfect plan. They all cooperate to create a rhyming ode to the school year and their teacher. Love’s renderings of the children are realistic, portraying the diversity of modern-day classrooms, from dress and expression to gender and skin color. She perfectly captures the emotional trauma the students imagine their teachers will go through as they leave for the summer. Her final illustration hysterically shatters that myth, and will have every teacher cheering aloud. What a perfect end to the school year. (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: Feb. 1, 2006

ISBN: 1-58089-046-6

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Charlesbridge

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2006

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