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The Hairy Fairy
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WINNER: READER'S FAVORITE AWARD 2015
Best Children's Animal Book
WINNER: MOONBEAM AWARD 2015
Best Illustrated Children's Ebook
WINNER: IPPY AWARD 2015
Best Illustrated Children's Ebook
WINNER: STORY MONSTER 2015
Story Monster Approved Award
DESTINED TO BECOME A CLASSIC FAIRY TALE FOR KIDS
A fairy tale with a difference!
A fairy tale with attitude!
A fairy tale with a top-knot and a beard!
It's Saturday morning and Jack wakes up to find an unwelcome visitor, the Hairy Fairy, sitting on his head!
Banished by his boss, an angry Witch, the Hairy Fairy has been sent to sit on someone's head for the day in punishment for (allegedly) destroying her cat!
Jack already has plans, today is Jamboree day with the scouts so he has no choice but to take the Hairy Fairy with him and, as you can probably guess...CHAOS ENSUES!
Look out kids, here comes a brand new twist on the classic fairy tale in this brilliant new illustrated children's picture book.
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Reviewed by Barbara Fanson for Readers' Favorite
The Hairy Fairy is a fun story about a fairy and a boy named Jack. Author Mark Watson has written a silly, rhyming story of a hairy fairy that’s been cursed and must sit on the head of a boy for the day. Children who love the Black Lagoon Adventures books will enjoy reading the antics and mistakes made by the Hairy Fairy. He tries to help the young Boy Scouts for their jamboree by casting a spell, but it doesn’t work, and he ends up making things worse. Huge vegetables that attack shoppers turn a simple shopping trip into a scary thriller. Illustrator Doriano Strolago has created beautiful watercolor paintings outlined in thick and thin black strokes for The Hairy Fairy. His artwork cleverly portrays the zany and scary mishaps of the Hairy Fairy.
The Hairy Fairy is a hilarious picture book of craziness that children will enjoy. The Hairy Fairy has a magic wand that needs to be charged, so when he tries to do magic spells, they don’t turn out as he had planned. This thrilling adventure is sure to keep readers amused and wondering what will happen on the next page. How are they going to escape? Creating a portal to escape through is one solution. Even parents will enjoy reading the first book in The Hairy Fairy series. From the start, readers will be wondering who the Hairy Fairy is. The book starts on a Saturday and ends on a Saturday, so do you think Jack might have dreamt the whole thing?
By Annabel Schiøtz
With wonderfully silly, rolling verse, Mark Watson tells the crazy story os the hairy fairy's antics. The action never stops from start to finish, leaving you feeling quite breathless by the end.
Great fun to read aloud. The illustrations are absolutely packed with colour and movement. You should definitely read it!
By Barbara Mojica
On Saturday morning, Jack wakes up to discover a hairy fairy sitting on his head. Jack is incredulous. The fairy informs Jack that his boss is angry with him for messing with her cat, so she banished him to spend a day sitting on someone's head. He tells Jack that no one else can see him, but that doesn't mean they can't cause mischief and have some fun. Poor Jack is determined to carry out his previous plan to spend the day at the Scout Jamboree. When he goes to the market, the fairy causes the vegetables to grow. They soon take over the town and cause all manner of havoc. Now Jack and his nemesis are trapped. Will they be able to escape? What will happen to the town now involved with the military in a battle against the vegetables, likened to World War III.
This book of less than fifty pages might best be described as a beginning chapter book. The clever rhymes are filled with humor and challenging vocabulary. Illustrations are done in graphic novel style. Aimed at a six to twelve age audience, I think that advanced beginning readers and middle school students will love the quirky plot and offbeat humorous rhymes. Fans of fantasy, sci-fi and humor probably will enjoy it.
‘The hirsute apparition’
By Grady Harp HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Author Mark Watson was born in England, and illustrator Pablo Michau in South Africa, both now live in Mataro, Spain where Mark teaches English and Pablo works as a freelance illustrator/graphic designer. After their first collaborations THE SHARK IN THE PARK and MILO & ME the two men committed to working exclusively on children's books. We, the readers, are the winners. Their shared sense of creativity and sensitivity as well as a natural sense of what will entertain a child and provide some important character building blocks is not only evident here- it shines! But now Mark strikes out on his own with first THE TRAVELLING CIRCUS and now HAIRY FAIRY which introduces his fantasy rich illustrations by Doriano Strongolo, Drew Geraci and Max Rambalda.
Mark’s books are radiant with novel, completely wild ideas all coming together to make a fine and most entertaining story. The rhyming verse is rich in humor and imagination and is very well composed. For example – ‘Why are you up there anyway?’ as the little boy. Perplexed. ‘An accident with my bosses cat, she’s a witch and she’s vexed. She caught me misbehavin’ and said ‘That’s the end of that. Go sit on someone’s head and YOU OWE ME A CAT!’ I thought that she’d never stop, “blah-de-blah-de-blah” but then she cast this spell on me and well, here we are.’
Mark summarizes the little story for us – ‘A fairy tale with a difference! A fairy tale with attitude! A fairy tale with a top-knot and a beard! It’s Saturday morning and Jack wakes up to find an unwelcome visitor, the Hairy Fairy, sitting on his head! Banished by his boss, an angry Witch, the Hairy Fairy has been sent to sit on someone’s head for the day in punishment for (allegedly) destroying her cat! Jack already has plans, today is Jamboree day with the scouts so he has no choice but to take the Hairy Fairy with him and, as you can probably guess...CHAOS ENSUES! The Fairy wants to make some stuffed tomatoes but fairy dust sprinkled on the veg only makes them grow…GROW TEETH! He also manages to summon the wrong picnic basket and accidentally starts WORLD WAR THREE!’
Enchanting rhyming verse, exquisite illustrations and a super adventure that simply is restorative and makes the reader feel good. Searching for dreams - a great goal and a wonderful destination. Highly recommended for children and art loving adults.