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|Alice the fairy|
Author: Shannon, David
Alice, who claims to be a Temporary Fairy, still has a lot to learn, such as how to make her clothes put themselves away in the closet.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 2.50
Points: .5 Quiz: 83029
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: K-2
Reading Level: 2.10
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 36205
Common Core Standards
Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Craft & Structure
Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
Kirkus Reviews (10/01/04)
School Library Journal (11/04)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (11/04)
The Hornbook (01/05)
Full Text Reviews:
Bulletin for the Center... - 11/01/2004 She may look like an ordinary goldy-locked, gap-toothed urchin with strapped-on wings and a sequin-studded wand, but she's a "Temporary fairy" with the creds to prove it. After all, she can turn her oatmeal into cake with a sprinkling of fairy dust (well, sugar), turn her dad's chocolate-chip cookies into her own (through an act of bold preemption), and make herself disappear with a wave of her wand (swatting the light switch). Admittedly, making the dog levitate and her clothes magically dance onto the closet rod is going to take a bit more practice, and she does have a touch of trouble with the duchess, who serves her broccoli and confines her to her chambers for turning her white dress red. Shannon's heroine looks suspiciously like a relative of his rollicking David (No, David!, BCCB 9/98 etc.) and inhabits the same domestic turf where impishness, properly viewed from a child perspective, is the normal course of events. Hasty shwooshes of heavily applied paint that spill untidily from scrappy black outlining underscore the rambunctiousness of the Temporary fairy herself. While this romp doesn't have the David books' bonus of limited vocabulary, it will appeal to little gals who comprise equal measures of sugar and pepper. - Copyright 2004 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.
School Library Journal - 11/01/2004 PreS-Gr 1-Donning a fairy costume inspires a little girl's imagination in this droll picture book. Alice speaks for herself, claiming she can fly (not too high but really fast), can change her dad into a horse (for a horsey ride), can make herself disappear (by flicking off the light switch with her wand), and can turn oatmeal into cake by pouring on fairy dust (sugar). There are elements of danger, such as broccoli poisoned by the wicked Duchess (Mom) and baths (fairies hate baths), as well as mischief ("-my mom made cookies for my dad. So I turned them into mine") and mishaps ("Once I accidentally turned my white dress into a red one"). Alice knows that Permanent fairyhood requires a lot of tests, attending Advanced Fairy School, and learning how to "make clothes get up off the floor and- line up in the closet," so she'll "probably be a Temporary fairy forever." With his signature cartoon-style art and childlike lettering, Shannon has created a winsome, exuberant heroine whose wide eyes and toothy smile bring David to mind, though Alice's blond ringlets are all her own. Variety in page and text layout and the use of brilliant color make the pictures dance and occasionally pop right off the pages. An enjoyable romp.-Marie Orlando, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information. - Copyright 2004 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 11/15/2004 If Shannon's David is a little devil, Alice is on the angelic side (almost). Using the same oversize format that he did in books such as No, David! (1998), Shannon introduces young Alice, a fairy-in-training dressed up with wings, a wand, and patent leather shoes. Similar to David, she is drawn in doll-like style (though her teeth aren't sharp). Alice talks directly to her audience, informing them what fairies do and how she works her magic. One time my mom made cookies for my dad. So I turned them into mine, she says, as she eyes the plate of cookies; in the next picture the plate is almost empty, and there are crumbs all over Alice's face. A few of the analogies are a stretch (this fairy's life is filled with danger--in the form of broccoli), but kids will find most of the humor right at their level, in terms of both wit and imagination. The pictures are richly colored, some almost effervescent in their playfulness. A meeting between Alice and David would engender even more fun. - Copyright 2004 Booklist.