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Cute Introduction To Fairies
Reviewed in the United States on August 14, 2018
Fairies are folkloric fixtures which are part of universal cultural literacy. They're everywhere, and continue to captivate children from one generation to the next. I can't think of a better way to introduce toddlers and pre-schoolers to the world of fae than to read about them in a cute little book. Good Night Fairies is your typical small format board book with its chunky pages and high gloss finish, just right for tiny, curious hands.
The book provides an overview of different fairies scattered throughout nature. The overall feeling is that they are omnipresent, ever watching and always part of our lives whether we see them or not. The concept may seem a bit disconcerting, but this book portrays benevolent fairies who are an integral part of the environment, and are even helpful to humans such as the brownie and tooth fairy.
I feel there is a bit of redundancy regarding how the fairies are portrayed. Aside from a few standouts like the flickering will-o’-wisps and leprechaun fairy, most of the rest seem to be hanging about drinking tea, dancing, or floating on a cloud. I would have liked to have seen a more varied presentation in size, form, and more engaging participation in the world. Yes, this is a book for wee ones, but there are fine exceptions in the book like gnomes in tree roots and an elf fairy healing sick animals that project a more industrious message. However, I do like the succinct delivery of the prose -- like a dance through the forest.
Jimmy Holder’s art reminds me of whimsical animation, sort of Disney-esque. The art feels almost like a series of comprehensive full color storyboards, with close attention given to action, placement and design. I like it well enough, I find it slick and commercial looking rather than earthy and textural, an approach that I think would have been more suitable for the subject matter.
The overall design of the book is okay. It’s pretty straightforward and user friendly for little readers. It’s printed on durable paper stock, with vivid printing finished with a nice gloss. It’s tough enough for curious toddlers and can be easily cleaned with a disinfectant wipe.
Goodnight Fairies is an adorable book. It doesn’t bedazzle, but it provides a window into the fairy world that I think could help spark the imagination. It’s a decent value for a well-made book and would be a cute gift for a youngster or the parent of one.