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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
Fairies in the Garden, written by Ennes Higgins and illustrated by Dimi D. Lupa is a mid-grade children's picture book and part of Lola's Adventure series. The book begins with an introduction to children Lola, Liam, Toby, and Sara as they loll about at Nana's house on a Sunday afternoon. Nana thinks the kids have had enough time on their electronics and sends them outdoors to do some garden work. While out plucking beans, Toby notices his toy fairy is missing and, in a twist of fate and a holding of the nose, he shrinks down smaller than a bean he was just plucking. The rest of the kids join him, including Lola, only to find a real fairy in need of their help.
Fairies in the Garden by Ennes Higgins is an engaging read that shares a handful of good messages in a story of good enough length to appeal to readers in the early double-digits but not so cumbersome that it turned off a six-year-old. The children all pull together to figure out how to help the fairy, who is not just any fairy, but the Tooth Fairy training for the job. Toby's loose tooth is the obvious choice but it's at that awkward stage where it's ready to come out but clinging for the last bit of life. Lola has a fantastic, completely outside-the-box idea that was unexpected to us readers and clever enough to elicit a gasp of delight from a real live little girl. The artwork by Dimi D. Lupa is beautifully abstract, boogers and all, with full-color spreads in a gorgeous palette of muted jewel tones. This was the bedtime winner tonight and even though I can only give it five stars, it did receive six enthusiastic thumbs up.