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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
I loved A Fairly Fairy Tale by Sunshine Somerville. In a world where so many stories and so many tales seem suspiciously similar, A Fairly Fairy Tale is uniquely refreshing. This is mostly due to the writing and tongue-in-cheek storytelling skills of Sunshine Somerville. And who knows? Maybe that’s because she has such a sunny name…and, I suspect, disposition. Anyway, for whatever reason, this is a great book for kids and especially girls, but be assured, boys will love it too. After all, it has everything. A great adventure, a beautiful princess, plenty of brave heroes, AND a dragon! What more could you possibly ask for? I loved this tale from the start because of the tone in which it was told and the beautiful pictures.
As I do with many of the children’s books I review, I tested it out on some of my young English learners in China. They loved it. First, they really got into the pictures of the dragon. Dragons are big in China and apparently funny dragons with good intentions are the best. But what really delighted my students was the fact that they could follow the story and most of the time even follow the humor, which can sometimes be a problem for them when reading in English. When they laughed at the appropriate places and were eager to read and finish the story, I knew I had brought them a winner. This is my best kids’ class and I can’t wait to try it with others.