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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, Shannon's 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.
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. (Oct.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
PreS-Gr 1-By putting on a fairy costume and using her imagination, Alice achieves temporary fairy status in this humorous tale (Blue Sky Press, 2004) by David Shannon. She turns her dad into a horse to ride and changes his cookies into her own to eat, and she pours fairy dust (sugar) onto oatmeal to turn it into cake. There are also many fairy-like things that she can't do, such as turning her bathwater into strawberry Jell-O or magically putting away her clothes. Despite these setbacks, Alice seems perfectly content to stay a temporary fairy forever. Shannon's cartoon-style art humorously illustrates Alice's active imagination. Kate Simses convincingly portrays all of Alice's childish enthusiasm and charm. Background music and sound effects enhance the telling. Track one includes fairy wand-like chimes as page-turn signals. A fun listen.-April Mazza, Wayland Public Library, MA Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
Praise for the book: "With his signature cartoon-style art and childlike lettering, Shannon has created a winsome, exubertant heroine whos ewide wyws and toothy smile bring David to mind, though Alice's blonde 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." -School Library Journal