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Characters With Personality
on January 10, 2013
This is a very solid series, and it seems ideal for readers who are ready for a book that is just a bit more advanced than a basic chapter book.
The four girls who are transported to Pixie Hollow, (Fairyland), have distinct personalities and are more developed as characters than I've generally found in books like this at this reading level. There is a plot, some action, a bit of adventure, and some common sense decision making. Not to be a wise guy about it, but the heroines are not fashionistas, or shallow mean girls, or drippy incompetents. They have a little oomph and they are generally engaging. There is a good give-and-take dynamic within the group.(In this regard they are very reminiscent of the little girls in Vivien French's "Tiara Club" sets of books.)
The writing is serviceable and not overly cutesy. The cloying sweetness you can get in some of the older-style Disney offerings is kept to a minimum. These are very straight forward books. There is no subversive humor or tongue in cheek dialogue or hip irony, (and Tinkerbell is no longer the homicidal psycho we know and love from the original "Peter Pan"). That said, the books are cheerful, mild fantasy adventures, with a satisfying and pleasant feel. That's not such a bad thing.
So, if you want an early reader that has a bit of fantasy/adventure and a nice vibe, this is certainly a decent book to look at.
Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Except for that I have no connection at all to the author or the publisher of this book. I never met Walt, but I was assaulted by Pluto at Disneyworld.