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Fairy Haven and the Quest for the Wand Hardcover – Bargain Price, July 31, 2007
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About the Author
David Christiana has illustrated over twenty books for children, including four that he wrote. He lives in Tucson, Arizona, with his wife, Kristie Atwood, and teaches illustration at the University of Arizona and at the Orvieto Institute in Italy. --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
Top Customer Reviews
All in all a good read, but maybe a little too mature in some places as well as difficult to follow. The mature point is a minor one. At one point, one of the fairies makes a wish that another fairy would feel for him romantically. It's really no problem, just not something I'd like to expose my 5 ½ year old to just yet. (If I could wait until she was 25, that would be fine too- spoken like a true dad). They also use the word "hate" throughout the book. Might be just me but that's a word we really try not to use.
The most difficult thing with the story is trying to follow what's going on. Again, it might be fine for older kids that can read to themselves, but my kid really struggled. They bounce around from story line to story line.Read more ›
The Writing is terrible. There is no flow with the language, no artistry, it is very mechanical and feels like reading a stone tablet translated from ancient Greek, not a childrens/young adult book. It is just poorly written.
There must be 50 characters introduced within the first 1/3rd of the book. This makes the story totally confusing for both parent and child. This combined with the poor writing makes the story totally unreadable.
The complaints I have on the subject and plot I will leave alone, because they are a matter of opinion. However, I believe that Disney must have demanded a book from the author that introduced 100 Characters, a horde of different types of fairies and who knows what else in order for the book to satisfy some sort of marketing scheme, that is really the only sane explanation for the convoluted cast of characters, archetypes and mechanical 'fill in the blank' writing that seems to have happened here.
The actual plot of this book could have been written in less than a quarter of the finished product, however it seems the author shoehorned in a host of pointless characters just to represent the various Disney marketing bullet points.
The only, and I stress the word ONLY redeeming value of this book is the artistry and love put into its illustration. The pictures included and formatting of the book is beautiful. However, books are meant to be read not just looked at. The pictures are great, but if you put lipstick on a pig, it's still a pig.
Also better than ever are the illustrations. About every fourth page has a large watercolor; one is a four-page fold-out. Underneath the dust jacket, the book cover has a watercolor on its front and back.
Ella Enchanted (Trophy Newbery) is still a cut above, but if you're looking for a Disney novel you can't do much better that this one.
By Gail Carson Levine
Soop is a mermaid in Neverland. She is threatening to flood Neverland, unless the fairies get her a wand.
Tinkerbelle, and the other fairies are sent on a quest to get a wand from the Great Wandies. The wandies are willing to give up the wand to help save Fairy Haven. The wandies decide it would be best if they put the wand to sleep.
Each fairy is allowed to have one wish, on the way back to Fairy Haven. One fairy wishes to have wings, so she can fly, and then turns around and wishes for Soop to be her friend. Tinkerbelle wishes for Peter Pan to fall in love with a clam shell.
The fairies get carried away with wishes and they all get `wand madness'. This means, they can't stop using the wand.
The magic of fairy dust has always been enough for the fairies, until the wand takes over.
The mermaid, Soop, turns one fairy into a bat, by singing her song, before she can warn the mermaid that wand wishes are permanent. Soop makes it so her friend cannot speak, or read, the friend wishes that Soop can't be heard.
When the fairies sneak in and take the wand from the mermaids, the wand is in a dream state. The wand makes the fairies grow and shrink, grow and shrink.
Tinkerbell tries to tame the wand. Will she be able to control the wand, without getting wand madness, again? Will the fairies be able to return to their normal size? How can the fairies return the wand and return to their calm, peaceful kingdom?
Although, this book is very fast paced and exciting, at first, it was a little hard to follow. It took awhile before I realized I was reading about Tinkerbelle and Neverland.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This series of three books is a must read for fairy lovers and provide lots of history on the fairies of Pixie Hallow.. Read morePublished 10 months ago by norcalmom
The writing is bad. Pictures are enticing for my two daughters, but I refuse to keep reading to them.Published 21 months ago by Leah
(Not the same as the Disney "Tinkerbell" franchise movies, follows different characters but is set in the same world). Read morePublished on July 1, 2014 by BeyondSuperheroes
this is a great and exciting book for children of all ages! I love the water color pictures ! really a great buy.Published on May 22, 2014 by SamB
My daughter loves the series. We read a chapter every night. She gets made when we stop reading it to her.Published on September 9, 2013 by Amazon Customer
My four year old and I read fairy books every night before bed. This has been one of her favorites. Some of the wording is to advanced for her but gives us a chance to learn new... Read morePublished on October 1, 2011 by Kirmom
My Grandaughter is six and absolutely loves this book! She is thrilled with the illustrations and the fact its a hard cover book to add to her memorable collection. Read morePublished on December 2, 2010 by Rose Birnbaum
My daughter loves fairy stories and enjoys listening to stories on audio CDs. She is five-and-a-half years old and though we read the book together (she can read fairly well... Read morePublished on July 27, 2010 by Z Hayes