Fairy tale fun

New ad­ven­ture se­ries fea­tures Dis­ney Fairies

Cecil Whig - - ACCENT - By KRISTIN SHAW

Spe­cial to the Whig

This sweet, new ad­ven­ture se­ries in­volves the ever-pop­u­lar Dis­ney Fairies.

The first book of nine in the New York Times best-selling Never Girls se­ries is “In a Blink” writ­ten by Kiki Thorpe and il­lus­trated by Jana Christy. Thorpe also wrote “The Trou­ble with Tink,” another New York Times best-seller.

Fan­tasy and ad­ven­ture lead four girls on a mag­i­cal jour­ney into the land of fairies. It be­gins with the sound of lit­tle bells and the smell of sea­wa­ter in a back­yard. Be­fore they know what’s happening, best friends Kate, Mia, Lainey and Gabby are sud­denly whisked to the is­land of Nev­er­land. There, they meet the in­fa­mous Tinker Bell and the other fairies of Pixie Hol­low.

With some ac­tion, a bit of ad­ven­ture and some com­mon sense de­ci­sion mak­ing, the girls con­coct a plan for be­ing trans­ported back home. Be­liev­ing is what be­gins the ad­ven­ture, but the friend­ship be­tween these four girls is what makes this a story.

The books are a ter­rific step­ping­stone up and into longer chap­ter books. I would con­sider it spot-on for those read­ers who need more of a chal­lenge than be­gin­ning chap­ter books. The books are writ­ten for sec­ond to fourth grades and ages 6 to 10 years. The never girls se­ries also makes an ex­cel­lent read aloud for younger emerg­ing read­ers.

There are black-and-white il­lus­tra­tions scat­tered through­out the book. I found them to be fit­ting and adorable. At the end of the book there is a “sneak peak” for the next in the se­ries. And the amount of sparkly, glit­ter­ing pixie dust on the cover is per­fect! The pixie dust caught my eye, and I am pos­i­tive it will catch the at­ten­tion of those chil­dren just look­ing for a good book.

For those who are look­ing for a ti­tle that reads like “In a Blink,” try “The Tiara Club” by Vi­vian French and the Dis­ney Fairies Se­ries by var­i­ous au­thors.

For more in­for­ma­tion, ti­tle avail­abil­ity and read­ing rec­om­men­da­tions, visit www.ce­cil.ebranch.info or stop by any branch. Kris­ten can be reached at kshaw@cc­plnet.org.

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