Synopses & Reviews
The star of the New York Times bestselling Here Comes the Easter Cat is backand this time he's met his match!
When Cat loses a tooth, the Tooth Fairy delivers a wholly unwanted sidekick: a mouse. Together, Cat and Mouse are tasked with running a few Tooth Fairy-related errandsa challenge, since Mouse is just as competitive and mischievous and hilariously self-involved as Cat. The stakes rise and so does the deadpan humor, culminating in a satisfying surprise that will leave readers eager for yet another delightfully devious Cat adventure.
An homage to classic comic strips from the author of The Quiet Book and The Loud Book, this New York Times bestselling series is perfect for fans of Pete the Cat, Bad Kitty, and Mo Willems's Pigeon books.
"Though one must attend Advanced Fairy School to become a 'Permanent fairy,' young Alice has earned her stripes as a 'Temporary fairy,' wielding a wand and a colorful imagination to brighten her days. Kids will instantly connect to Alice's matter-of-fact tone as she describes the perks and pitfalls of fairyhood. 'I can't fly very high yet, but I can fly really fast!' or 'I changed my dad into a horse.' When she's not disappearing (with a flick of the light switch) or curtsying in the Magic Mirror ('Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the fairiest of them all?' she asks), Alice tries to stay on the good side of the wicked Duchess (Mom) and Duke of Morningside Drive and perfect her spell casting. Shannon again slips comfortably into the mindset of a child, opening a window on that special time of life when it's easy to believe in magic. The ink-and-watercolor artwork bears the sketchy, childlike style of No, David, giving the proceedings an appropriately breezy feel. Alice all pink dress, blonde curls and sparkly wings is a sunny (and ever-so-slightly spunky) delight. Ages 3-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Horn Book Magazine
January 1, 2005
(Preschool, Primary) Alice the Fairy -- a "temporary" fairy with ambitions to become a permanent one -- has all sorts of tricks up her sleeve. She can make cookies disappear, make it dark in her house, and fly fast, but not high, with her wings. (Alice wishes she could avoid poisonous broccoli served by the "wicked duchess" and could take her baths in Jell-O, but her fairy powers are not that strong.) While her teeth are not as pointy and her behavior is not as naughty as her literary cousin, David (No, David!), there is definitely a physical resemblance that child readers will notice immediately: those enormous eyes radiate an unmistakably David-like energy (Alice's rambunctious games get her bouncing right off the page), and strawberry-blond corkscrew curls held in check by a dandy tiara cover a very round head. Readers of the David books might be initially disappointed that Alice is not as rude as he is, but they will enjoy the basic goodness, exuberance, and wild imagination of Shannon's latest character. Copyright 2005 of The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.
November 15, 2004
PreS. If Shannon's David is a little devil, Alice is on the angelic side (almost). Using the same oversize format that he did in books such as No, David! (1998), Shannon introduces young Alice, a fairy-in-training dressed up with wings, a wand, and patent leather shoes. Similar to David, she is drawn in doll-like style (though her teeth aren't sharp). Alice talks directly to her audience, informing them what fairies do and how she works her magic. One time my mom made cookies for my dad. So I turned them into mine, she says, as she eyes the plate of cookies; in the next picture the plate is almost empty, and there are crumbs all over Alice's face. A few of the analogies are a stretch (this fairy's life is filled with danger--in the form of broccoli), but kids will find most of the humor right at their level, in terms of both wit and imagination. The pictures are richly colored, some almost effervescent in their playfulness. A meeting between Alice and David would engender even more fun. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2004 Booklist
School Library Journal
November 1, 2004
PreS-Gr 1-Donning a fairy costume inspires a little girl's imagination in this droll picture book. Alice speaks for herself, claiming she can fly (not too high but really fast), can change her dad into a horse (for a horsey ride), can make herself disappear (by flicking off the light switch with her wand), and can turn oatmeal into cake by pouring on fairy dust (sugar). There are elements of danger, such as broccoli poisoned by the wicked Duchess (Mom) and baths (fairies hate baths), as well as mischief ("-my mom made cookies for my dad. So I turned them into mine") and mishaps ("Once I accidentally turned my white dress into a red one"). Alice knows that Permanent fairyhood requires a lot of tests, attending Advanced Fairy School, and learning how to "make clothes get up off the floor and- line up in the closet," so she'll "probably be a Temporary fairy forever." With his signature cartoon-style art and childlike lettering, Shannon has created a winsome, exuberant heroine whose wide eyes and toothy smile bring David to mind, though Alice's blond ringlets are all her own. Variety in page and text layout and the use of brilliant color make the pictures dance and occasionally pop right off the pages. An enjoyable romp.-Marie Orlando, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
October 11, 2004
Though one must attend Advanced Fairy School to become a "Permanent fairy," young Alice has earned her stripes as a "Temporary fairy," wielding a wand and a colorful imagination to brighten her days. Kids will instantly connect to Alice's ma
Caldecott Honor artist and bestselling author David Shannon's warm and funny new picture book introduces Alice, a mischievous little girl with a "No, David" nose for trouble and a magic wand.
Alice has a nose for trouble, but luckily she's a fairy--a Temporary Fairy. She has a magic wand, fairy wings, and a blanket, all of which she uses to disappear, to fly, to transform her dad into a horse, and to turn his cookies into her own! There are still a few things Alice needs to learn to become a Permanent Fairy, like how to float her dog on the ceiling and make her clothes put themselves away, but she's working on it--sort of. Here's an endearing, funny story about a girl and her magical imagination, sure to delight every fairy in training!
Get ready with Daisy the dawdler as she tries (really!) to get it together in this very real, very funny spin on dilly dallying.
Daisy Marsha Martin is always late. For good reasons, of course. Shes busy saving the world, or teaching her stuffed animals to dance, or finding the perfect shirt to wear. But if Daisy is late one more time, then its no more mermaid swim class for her!
This is the perfect story for fans of everyday silliness and for every kid who has been told to stop dawdling.
About the Author
David Shannon is the internationally acclaimed creator of more than thirty picture books, including NO, DAVID!, a Caldecott Honor Book and his second NEW YORK TIMES Best Illustrated Book of the Year. In addition to three more David picture books, Shannons bestsellers include TOO MANY TOYS; HOW GEORGIE RADBOURN SAVED BASEBALL (newly released in 2012); A BAD CASE OF STRIPES; DUCK ON A BIKE; ALICE THE FAIRY; and GOOD BOY, FERGUS! A native of Spokane, Washington, he is an avid fisherman. He and his family live in California.