Source:Publisher – I received this in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Series: Fairy Mom & Me #2
Edition: Hardcover, 176 Pages
Genre: Children’s Fantasy
Purchase: Amazon / Audible / Barnes & Noble
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Fans of Sophie Kinsella’s sparkling humor and the first book in the illustrated duology will love these next adventures featuring their favorite mother-daughter fairy team.
Ella Brook is used to being a fairy in waiting. It means that one day she will become a fairy with her own sparkly wings and Computawand, just like her mom.
But sometimes Ella doesn’t want to have to wait any longer. After all, she helps her mom remember magic codes all the time! If only there were a spell for growing up faster.
Will Ella prove that she’s ready to become a fairy? Or will she learn that she doesn’t need real magic to save the day?
Ella and her mother return to the spotlight in the second Fairy Mom and Me book, and with all new lessons to learn!
As with book one, this has several small stories in it that each deal with a situation that goes a bit haywire and it’s up to Ella and her magic wielding mother to fix it. While I do find these to be a bit formulaic in style and a bit too cutesy, I think it’s a fun little series with a lot of heart. I really wish her mother were a bit more capable in her abilities and a little less impulsive, but I appreciate that she isn’t painted as a perfect person as so many adults are in children’s lit. As an adult, I personally find the parents’ relationship exhausting and frustrating, simply because it seems like neither listens to the other and there is a lot of exasperation coming across. However I think the stories themselves are really cute, and I loved that we got to see more of Ella’s other family like her aunt and grandmother.
Ella is a lovely main character. She’s got enough energy to keep up with her mom’s somewhat disastrous ideas and she’s sharp enough to pick up on things in order to help fix those messes. I love that she still looks up to and adores her mother even as her mother is causing a natural disaster in their own home.
It also has some incredibly cute illustrations that fit the story and really continue that light heart feel.
I think this is a series that will definitely be a hit with the early chapter book readers, who like adorable little stories full of magic and family.