It’s been a while! These past few weeks have gone by in a busy whirlwind, but I’ve managed to finally settle down and read the following books that have been sitting neglected on my shelf for the better half of the year:
- The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
- The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There
- The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two
The Fairyland Series
Premise: One day, twelve-year-old September’s mundane life is shaken up when she receives an intriguing invitation to adventure in the magical realm of Fairyland. There, she learns and grows in more ways than she could ever imagine.
Review: Reminiscent of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz, Valente’s Fairyland series is a pleasant addition to any person’s bookshelf, regardless of age. Valente provides a clever spin on the classic tale of a girl whisked away to a magical land. The material is never dumbed down, and established cliches of fairy tales are intentionally yet lightheartedly mocked. While the language is modern and self-aware, traditional themes of courage, the significance of friendship, and selflessness are just some of the many important lessons that our heroine learns throughout her journey.
Notable to the Fairyland series is a strong emphasis on the power of choice and taking an active role in influencing the line of events that follow. I applaud this approach and hope to see this engagement inspire all the young readers out there!
On a less review-related note, I’m sure you might have noticed my third book in the series does not match the first two. I’m not too bothered by it, except when trying to fit them neatly on the bookshelf…