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New Release Review and Giveaway! FAIRY UNICORN WISHES by Sophie Kinsella (Fairy Mom and Me #3)

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Title: FAIRY MOM AND ME: UNICORN WISHES (Fairy Mom and Me #3)
Author: Sophie Kinsella, Marta Kissi (Illustrations)
Pub. Date: January 28, 2020
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, audiobook
Pages: 176

Fairies, unicorns and magical wishes combine in this third book of the Fairy Mom and Me series from New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella!

Ella’s one wish is to become a fairy like her mom. She dreams of the day she will have her sparkly crown and Computwand. Ella even imagines what her first spell would be: a glittery unicorn of her very own.

But Ella knows that spells are often harder than they look, even with the special fairy apps available…and being a fairy in waiting is not all rainbows and butterflies.

Will Ella learn more magic to help her become a fairy someday? Or will she learn she doesn’t need to be a fairy yet for all her wishes to come true?

“A cotton-candy read for transitional readers.”

–Kirkus

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Review:

Fairy Unicorn Wishes is the third book in Sophie Kinsella‘s Fairy Mom and Me series, but if you haven’t yet read the first two books, no worries! Ms Kinsella has an intro at the beginning of the book (Meet Fairy Mom and Me) to introduce new readers to the world that she has created here with Ella Brooks, her (fairy) mom, dad, and baby brother Ollie.

The rest of the book is four different “fairy spells”–four short stories featuring Ella and her mom and at least one spell that–apparently, as usual–doesn’t go exactly as it was intended to. They can be read in a single sitting with (or by) older children with a slightly longer attention span, or one at a time with younger children or when time is at a premium. The last few pages are a family activity guide that lets children and caregivers expand on the stories–there’s a word search, a craft idea, drawing/decorating prompts, and a what do you think? question that will keep the stories fresh in readers’ minds and allow them to use their own imaginations.

I’ve been reading Ms Kinsella’s adult books for years, and hadn’t realized that she’d started writing for children as well. The stories here were really cute, with a whimsy that adult readers of her books will recognize. Even though readers (probably) don’t have their own fairy moms, it’s easy to sympathize with Ella: she likes to spend time with her best friends, loves sparkles and unicorns, and worries about being different and the mean girl next door. The stories often have a message (work toward you goals, for example) but aren’t overly didactic–it’s easy to see how this book would appeal to 5- to 7-year olds and their caregivers.

Rating: 4 stars / B+

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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About the author:

Sophie Kinsella has sold over 40 million copies of her books in more than 60 countries, and she has been translated into over 40 languages.

Sophie’s latest novel, Surprise Me, presents a humorous yet moving portrait of a marriage—its intricacies, comforts, and complications. Surprise Me reveals that hidden layers in a close relationship are often yet to be discovered.

Sophie Kinsella first hit the UK bestseller lists in September 2000 with her first novel in the Shopaholic series – The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic (also published as Confessions of a Shopaholic). The book’s heroine, Becky Bloomwood – a fun and feisty financial journalist who loves shopping but is hopeless with money – captured the hearts of readers worldwide. Becky has since featured in seven further bestselling books, Shopaholic Abroad (also published as Shopaholic Takes Manhattan), Shopaholic Ties the Knot, Shopaholic & Sister, Shopaholic & Baby, Mini Shopaholic, Shopaholic to the Stars and Shopaholic to the Rescue. Becky Bloomwood came to the big screen in 2009 with the hit Disney movie Confessions of a Shopaholic, starring Isla Fisher and Hugh Dancy.

Sophie has also written seven standalone novels which have all been bestsellers in the UK, USA and other countries around the world: Can You Keep A Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, I’ve Got Your Number, Wedding Night, and My Not So Perfect Life, which was a Goodreads Choice Awards finalist for Best Fiction in 2017.

In 2014 she published a Young Adult novel Finding Audrey about a teenage girl with social anxiety and her madcap family, and in January 2018, Sophie published her first illustrated book for young readers about the charming adventures of a mother-daughter fairy duo, Mummy Fairy and Me (also published as Fairy Mom and Me).

Sophie wrote her first novel under her real name, Madeleine Wickham, at the tender age of 24, whilst she was working as a financial journalist. The Tennis Party was immediately hailed as a success by critics and the public alike and became a top ten bestseller. She went on to publish six more novels as Madeleine Wickham: A Desirable Residence, Swimming Pool Sunday, The Gatecrasher, The Wedding Girl, Cocktails for Three and Sleeping Arrangements.

Sophie was born in London. She studied music at New College, Oxford, but after a year switched to Politics, Philosophy and Economics. She now lives in London, UK, with her husband and family.

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