Reading this book was a joy! The story is about a night fairy, Flory, who must learn a new way to live after her wings are destroyed in an accident with a bat. She takes refuge in an abandoned bird house in a quiet garden where she encounters the denizens of the daylight world. To survive in this alien landscape, Flory must develop skills and qualities that do not comes easily to a fairy. There are plenty of adventures in this little garden with danger always somewhere close by.
The author stated she wrote the book for girls looking for fairy stories but with more lively plots. I believe she has succeeded with this story. I felt I was reading a classic fairy story with adventure very similar to Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie; I was totally enchanted with this book. The story had excitement, an intriguing plot, and comfortable narration. I wanted to keep reading the story after the book was finished; the storyline clearly needs more books to continue Flory and her friends adventures. The images the author constructs in your mind are clear and realistic; her animals are based on real life observations that ring true.
Angela Barrett does the illustrations for the book. Whether you are viewing the art for each chapter heading or the full page illustrations, the art work is gorgeous. The images fit the story perfectly, highlighting important points in the story. My favorite is the image of the giantess filling the feeding tube in the garden. You get the feeling you are watching from the safety of a cherry tree, hidden away where no one can see you.
I really loved this book. The fairy is not one of the Disney fairies or those found on Saturday morning cartoons. She is flawed but courageous, this is a fairy that most girls would enjoy reading about. I recommend this book for 7 year old readers on up.
The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz. Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA. 2010. 117pp.