5.0 out of 5 stars A CHARMING, MODERN DAY FAIRY TALE, April 25, 2005
By Tim Janson (Michigan) - (amazon.com TOP 50 REVIEWER)
Chloe, Tip, and Darling are three fairies who live on the wrong side of the tracks...er...pond. Bladderwhack Pond that is and unfortunately they just don't fit in with the other young fairies from Penstamen who have the best hairstyles and wear the best fashions. Chloe in particular is a butt of the jokes from the Penstamen `clique', especially Monica who never lets Chloe forget she is an orphan. To make matters worse, an evil little Fairy, Mr. Snivels, has broken the dam causing Bladderwhack to be flooded, including the school, forcing Chloe, the inquisitive Tip, and the chubby little Darling, to have to attend school in Penstamen. Could things get any worse? You bet they can!
Chloe constantly finds herself running into Prince Peter, sometimes literally, and Peter seems to like Chloe, much to the agitation of Monica who is dying to meet the Prince. A chance find of a History of the Heatherworld book convinces Chloe that the ancient prophesies are already in motion and that a secret entrance to the Heatherworld, the realm of the Wicked Witch Halga, is located at the bottom of Bladderwhack Pond. Chloe is convinced that she will find her long-lost mother somewhere in the Heatherworld and the three friends now begin a perilous journey, encountering fire-breathing Dragons, hordes of trolls, hungry crows, and the evil witch Halga herself, in order to uncover the ages-old mystery and reveal the truth about Chloe and her past, once and for all.
The Fairies of Bladderwhack Pond is an honest-to-goodness fairy tale but updated for modern times. We see the young fairies Chloe, Tip, and Darling, facing the problems of peer pressure and humiliation when they are not able to dress as nicely as the more upscale Periwinkle fairies. So with this book you really get an old-fashioned fairy tale told with today's tribulations. It's a light, fun read, filled with humor, wit and charm. While any kids in the 7 - 14 age range would enjoy the story, I think it especially speaks to young girls who can relate more keenly to the problems endured by the main characters. The book is beautifully illustrated by Andy Park and features a number of full-page illustrations that perfectly complement the story written By Debbie Bishop. The pair have created a story with lively characters that come to life before your eyes.
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