Posted on | May 14, 2012 | 16 Comments
Welcome to “I’m looking for a book about….”, the inaugural topic-themed monthly carnival of children’s literature.
Every month I’ll be encouraging anyone who likes to review books for children (of any age) to leave links to their reviews of books that match the given month’s theme. The idea is that over time, this carnival will become a resource for parents, teachers, carers, librarians looking for books by subject.
Old reviews, new reviews, and reviews for any age are welcome. You may also submit multiple reviews, as long as they are all relevant to this month’s theme.
And this month’s theme is….
Some of my favourite books on this theme include:
The Elves’ Big Adventure by Daniela Drescher, with a round up of reviews here at Little Acorn Books.
The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs by William Joyce, reviewed here by Donna at 32 pages.
The Faerie’s Gift by Tanya Robyn Batt, illustrated by Nicoletta Ceccoli, reviewed here by The Well-Read Child.
Stella, Fairy of the Forest by Marie-Louise Gay, reviewed here at Through the Looking Glass Children’s Book Reviews.
The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz, reviewed here by the Book Aunt.
The Dreamtime Fairies by Jane Simmons, reviewed here at Kirkus Reviews.
Damyanti at Overdue Books shares her fondness for the Shoemaker and the Elves and how that links to Sally Gardner’s The Real Fairy Storybook.
Jennifer at Jean Little Library shows that fairies are not just for picture books with a review of the lovely sounding Small Persons with Wings by Ellen Booraem
Ali has a review of Michelle Harrison’s The Thirteen Treasures, another fairy book for older children.
Polly has written a great round up of fairy books that might be described as classics – including ‘The Princess and The Goblins’ and ‘The Princess and Curdie’ by George Macdonald
For a review of Racketty Packetty House (“Toy Story meets Downton Abbey” with lots of fairies) by Frances Hodgson Burnett, head on over to Polly’s second post at The Little Wooden Horse.
Polly at The Little Wooden Horse has one more contribution to this month’s carnival with a post about the fairies in various Enid Blyton books and also ‘Flax the Feral Fairy’ by Tiffany Mandrake
Fats at Gathering Books introduces us to Catherynne M. Valente’s The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, a book Fats recommends to 10-14 year olds who like a touch of Neverland and Wonderland mixed together.
Myra at Gathering Books has a review of The Mystery of the Fool and The Vanisher by David and Ruth Ellwand. Myra writes, “The book leaves you with a great many questions, one of those few rare finds that would leave you with goosebumps even after you have finished reading it” – doesn’t that sound wonderful?
Over at Child Led Chaos there is a great round up of a series of Goblins’ books by David Melling. I particularly like the sound of how the Goblins’ series has a focus on encouraging the child reader to become a storyteller herself.
Kim at Dead Houseplants (I love her blog name!) has a review of Brigitta of the White Forest by Danika Dinsmore, which sounds both sparkly and exciting.
Over at Jen Robinson’s Book Page you can find a review of Faeries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer by Laini Taylor. which she describes as having “a lot to offer, and receives my highest recommendation.” I’m definitely going to look out for it!
Janelle at Brimful Curiosities has a review of A Fairy Went A-Marketing,” a poem by Rose Fyleman, illustrated by Jamichael Henterly. Whilst the book sounds interesting, you should definitely click through to see the fairy book Janelle and her kids made.
Janelle’s second contribution to this month’s carnival introduces us to a slim volume of poems titled Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Fairy Poems compiled by Stephen W. Hines and illustrated by Richard Hull . I never new Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote any poetry, so I shall definitely be checking this out.
Caroline, who blogs at Learning Parade, has a review of The Elf’s Hat by Brigette Weninger. She’s also created an activity sheet to go along with the book, “a super story to use as a stimulus for a small world play set!”
The Fairyland Olympics is reviewed by Yvonne at ‘Babbleabout’ children’s books, learning and play. “A lovely, enchanting book, perfect for this year of the London Olympics 2012.”
Yvonne has a second review – The Demon’s Watch by Conrad Mason, which she describes as fast-moving adventure of pirates, magic and improbable heroes, perfect for ages 9+.
Mélanie has a review of Reckless by Cornelia Funke, over at the online children’s book magazine Armadillo. “A superbly crafted book from a master storyteller”.
Se7en has an amazing round up of fairy goodness – books and crafts galore, including Betty Bib’s fieldguides to fairys and the gorgeous Flower Fairies.
Mary at Books YA Love has a review of Enchanted by Alethea Kontis. “This bright-and-dark story about family, loyalty, and love in an Enchanted land reminds us that even the simplest fairy tales and nursery rhymes can carry the power of mighty words.”
A selection of childhood favourites with a fairy theme can be found over at Natasha’s blog. She was also inspired to make the most amazing fairy toadstool cakes!
The Teeny Weeny Walking Stick by Karen Hodgson, illustrated by Sally Anne Lambert is also reviews by Natasha. One of the things which makes this book special is it is a book about fairies with a little boy as the central protagonist.
Please leave links to your reviews using the linky below. If you have included an image of the the book cover in your book review please use that for the image associated with your link below. I will also be adding your links to the main body of the text during the day (I’m trying both methods this month to see what works best).
So now we’ve creating / are creating a great little list about books on the theme of elves and fairies, what if you want to do some elves and fairies projects and crafts? Then head on over to Red Ted Art, where Maggy has been curating a round up of just such activities. You might also wish to check out The Fairy Garden contest being held over at The Magic Onions…
And if books and crafts were not enough, please do come back tomorrow for a wonderful guest post by none other than the wonderful author/illustrator Clara Vulliamy, all about inspiring story-telling in kids, linked to this month’s I’m looking for a book about…” carnival.