Freddie and the Fairy by Julia Donaldson and Karen George
Freddie and the Fairy is about some golden rules on speaking clearly. It is probably best suited to an older little, the 4 and older crowd. But as with all Julia Donaldson’s it’s all sorts of fun to read. The rhythm and rhyme is fun, as always.
Freddie helps Bessie-Belle who is stuck in a tree. She grants him a wish as thanks. Unfortunately, she’s hard of hearing and Freddie doesn’t speak clearly. So as you can guess, things go wrong in all sorts of fun ways.
The illustrations are softer, and paler, than the work of some other illustrators Donaldson has worked with, but it suits the tone of the story perfectly. It provides the right tone to help you not feel as if you’re laughing at the fairy for the mishaps, it’s more that you’re laughing at how it all goes wrong.
Sadly, Keiden doesn’t enjoy it as much as I do, he’s given it 2/5 on the rereading scale. I give it a 3/5.