21 August 2010

The Night Fairy

by Laura Amy Schlitz, illustrated by Angela Barrett

Candlewick Press. Junior Fiction. Hardback rrp $24.95

Guest Reviewer Christina Miesen

‘Flory was a night fairy. She was born a little before midnight, when the moon was full.’ Flory is less than three months old when her peril begins. A bat damages her beautiful wings and she is no longer able to fly. She decides to become a day fairy.
Set in a garden where a giantess leaves seeds and syrup, Flory is introduced to the daytime world of nature, animals and insects. She begins to understand her fairy powers, and the meaning of friendship.

To me, The Night Fairy is a tale of survival. Flory is in an environment alien to herself, facing dangers and everyday situations without the guidance of other fairies. She begins by manipulating and bribing animals for food and shelter, and ends up by protecting a hummingbird and its eggs from predators.

Flory is brave, bold and resourceful. This book is for those with a love of nature, adventure, and fairies.

Angela Barrett exquisitely illustrates The Night Fairy. One of the joys of turning the pages of this beautiful book is coming across Angela’s full-coloured artwork. Her depiction of Flory and her little garden world are stunning.


Christina Miesen is an Australian author with a number of books published. You can check her out at http://www.christinamiesen.com.au/

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