Hello, friends! Our book today is Mister Fairy, written by Morgane de Cadier, illustrated by Florian Pigé, and translated by Angus Yuen-Killick, an adorably sweet story about finding oneself.
The forest is full of fairies, each with their own special, magical talent. All, except, for Mister Fairy. He lacks the energy to be a morning fairy, fails at inspiring romance between forest critters, and creates disastrous confusion when he tries his hand at healing. Feeling useless and unhappy, Mister Fairy decides to leave the forest, discovering a “very different” kind of forest in the process, one filled with tall gray buildings and grim, gloomy people. Seeing that the denizens of the city feel as hopeless and sad as he does, he makes an attempt at brightening their day – and succeeds. In fact, with each new success at making the city folk happy, his confidence grows. Beginning to miss his home and friends, he decides to return to the forest, only to find an inspiring surprise upon his return.
Charming. A well-paced story with a gentle and uplifting plot mix beautifully with adorable, expressive illustrations that perfectly convey the book’s tone. Particularly satisfying was not only Mister Fairy gaining confidence in his talents, but the reveal that the forest had been benefitting from them all along, even without his knowledge; it shows that even when we are unsure of ourselves, we can still, often unconsciously, be making a positive impact on others’ lives. The artwork expresses each spread’s changing moods perfectly through shifts in color and light in way that is affecting yet understated; especially enjoyable are the Klassen-esque woodland creatures and fairies. The length is perfect for storytime, and JJ and I both throughly enjoyed this one. A delightful and encouraging tale, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved!
(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by a representative of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)