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Alice the Fairy Hardcover – October 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: 510L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Sky Press (October 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439490251
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439490252
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 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
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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
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More About the Author

DAVID SHANNON is the illustrator of many successful picture books, including How I Became a Pirate. His numerous awards include a Caldecott Honor for No, David! He lives in Burbank, California.

Customer Reviews

My 4 year old daughter received this book as a gift.
L. Wagner
I read this book to my princesses every night, and every time I read it a smile comes to my face.
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I'd recommend this one to anyone who wants a cute children's book to read over and over again!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By C. A. HAMPTON on September 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
From the author of the fabulous "No, David!" series of books, here's one for the little girls. Alice is the most adorable, precocious girl, who dresses up as a fairy (and is therefore a "temporary fairy." One has to go to a special school to become a permanent fairy.) I was always amazed by the David books because the author perfectly captures what an active little boy is like (exactly like my little brother, also named David). He did it again this time by perfectly capturing a little girl (like many 2-5 year olds) who hates to eat broccoli and take baths (so she hopes to use her magic wand to turn her bath into strawberry jello.) My 4 year old daughter was in stitches over the content and the amazing illustrations. This book will definitely be high on my Christmas list to give to all of my daughter's friends this year.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Aunt Kiki on November 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This grand and hilarious farce by Shannon (No David! ) is irresistible! The story is told by its star - an adorable, precocious, preschooler with a fanciful imagination who believes she's a fairy! Accordingly, her blond curls are topped with a tiara, she wears strap-on wings, and wields a magic wand. Admittedly, she's only a "Temporary" fairy because she hasn't passed all of the magic tests or attended "Advanced Fairy School" - prerequisites to "Permanent' fairyhood. Alice exuberantly demonstrates her current array of tricks in loosely drawn, humorous, child-like illustrations. This includes "changing" her dad "into a horse" (having him give her a ride on his back), making herself "disappear" (by turning off the lights or hiding under her blanket), and "turning" her "oatmeal into cake" with "fairy dust" (sugar). She even tries unsuccessfully to do advanced tricks like making her "dog float on the ceiling" or her "clothes get up off the floor and dance around and line up in the closet." She must also protect herself from the "wicked Duchess" (Mom) who once "locked [her] in the tower" (her room) and might to "poison" her with broccoli. Highly recommended for ages 2 to 6
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Bartlett on October 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
My 6 yr old loves all the "David" books. So when I saw that Shannon wrote one with a girl as the main character( for a 1st grader to read), I had to get it. The story is funny, the pictures are great.

Very imaginative.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lawyerchef on May 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I gave this two stars instead of one only because my daughter does like this book. I don't. In addition to the author writing "alot" as one word, he manages to demonize broccoli and mothers while glorifying sugar and dads. There are so many more entertaining books in the world. Skip this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kathy on September 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I loved it the first time I read through it and I am still loving reading this to my children after having it for over a year. There hasn't been a week that goes by without my daughter or son requesting "Alice" or other David Shannon books. I love his style which is wonderfully expressive and my children love it for it's childlike qualities.

If you loved "No David" you'll love "Alice" as much if not more.

I would recommend this highly as a gift for any special little one in your life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By charmaine cooke on December 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
My daughter Alice loves this book, especially because she thinks it was written about her, we love to chase and catch frogs (be careful we learned the hard way toads have poison glands) and usually has her fairy wings on when we are home. We had the wonderful opportunity to go to a book reading and signing with David Shannon. Every little girl will love this magical book about a temporary fairy who makes chocolate chip cookies dissappear and likes to take jell-o baths written by a very gracious and talented gentleman. We also picked up a copy of How I became a Pirate for a friends son, a very good read for any little boy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Critical eye on November 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I like the book. But, there are a couple of pages I have to change the wording on. My daughter is 2, so I want to instill good messages in her; she doesn't yet under stand some jokes. For example, one page has an image of Alex sticking her tongue out at broccoli. The words say that Alice cannot eat broccoli because it is poisoned. Another page says that Alice uses fairy dust to turn oatmeal into cake. It is hard enough to try to get my daughter to eat nutritious food without her books working against this also!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Bryant on February 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This was a very cute book, it was a going away gift for my daughter whos best friend is named Alyce (different spelling). Its about a little girl named Alice who is a fairy in training and all the spells she can cast like making herself disappear (the little girl then turns the lights out to "disappear"). I would have given it five stars, but there is a page in the book where Alice refers to brocolli being "poisoned" ("A fairy's life is filled with danger. Broccoli is often poisoned by the wicked Duchess (the mom) and should never be eaten." Since I dont want my daughter thinking that brocolli shouldn't be eaten or is poison, I usually skip this page as I haven't though of a creative way to change the words. The pictures are kind of cute. But overall, I and my daughter enjoy this book alot.
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