Chrissie the Wish Fairy (Rainbow Magic) by Daisy Meadows
|Chrissie the Wish Fairy (Rainbow Magic) by Daisy Meadows|
|Category: Confident Readers|
|Reviewer: Magda Healey|
|Summary: Volume 63 of the Rainbow Magic series, this is a stand-alone Christmas issue, better than last year's "Page" and delivering the standard formula of gentle but fast moving adventures of Kirsty & Rachel against the goblins. Easy to read for those just starting, unchallenging but nothing to get excited about unless you are a 6 year old fairy collector. Only buy it if you're made to.|
|Buy? Maybe||Borrow? Maybe|
|Pages: 176||Date: October 2007|
|Publisher: Orchard Books|
This is volume number 63 of the Rainbow Magic series, this time a stand-alone Christmas issue (like last year's Page and the first of them Holly) rather than a part of a normal 7-book subset, and thus longer. As usual, we have fairy artefacts in danger of being snatched by Jack Frost's goblins, and a fairy in need of help. Chrissie is a fairy looking after a Christmas card, spoon and a carol sheet without which all kinds of Christmas wishes will remain unfulfilled. Goblins are trying to get their green paws on those and Rachel and Kirsty have to help.
As usual, there is magic from the Fairyland, lots of non-threatening adventure and a resolution in each sub-story. The human girls are resourceful and seem to have grown a bit, but are still similar to the target market of the book, the baddies are just a little bit scary but not too much - nothing to give nightmares: magically grown goblins are still smaller then the girls. All the positive characters are female and all the baddies are male and often quite laughable; which matches the developmental stage to which the books appeal.
Despite the fact that all Rainbow Magic books are written to exactly the same formula (a bit like levels of a computer game), some seem slightly better than others, and this is one of those. The adventure is fast moving, there is quite a bit of interweaving of the home life and the magic (goblins wreck a kitchen, for example, Rachel's dad almost sees one and so on).
Nevertheless, as the other five dozen, Chrissie is nothing more than a product, carefully positioned and manufactured according to this positioning; anodyne and inoffensive and considering the amount of decent reading material, even for this age group; has nothing in particular to recommend it. If your daughter collects the series, this will have to be bought - at least it does the job in one volume with three artefacts! If you have a daughter of about 6 or less who is just starting and/or struggling to read and is frustrated by more difficult "early readers", this might get her started. The print is large, there are pictures, the chapters are short and the harder words are carefully introduced and repeated. Don't buy it to read aloud, as it defies the point, though this one reads better than some other examples of the series.
For an altogether better if shorter read about a nasty creature that hated Christmas, look no further than How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
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