Monday, March 31, 2008

Diary of a Fairy Godmother (book review)


Diary of a Fairy Godmother, by Esme Raji Cortell, is the story of Hunky Dory. Her mother has always said that she will be the wickedest witch wherever the four winds blow. Everyone believes it, too. She can curse babies, wilt flowers, and turn princes into frogs! The only problem is...she always changes them back.
When Hunky's aunt brings her to a castle to curse a baby, Hunky meets what the witches call FGs--Fairy Godmothers. The young witch is inspired by them, and she begins to dream of becoming one. This gets her kicked out of charm school. Now Hunky is alone in the world, rejected by her mom and aunt. But everyone will be surprised at what one girl with an old skateboard and big dreams can do!

This book wasn't a retold fairy tale, but it was a mix of many, including Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Rumpelstiltskin. At first, it doesn't really pull you in, but once it gets going, you don't want to put it down! By the end, I found myself wishing that there was a sequel! It was a quick, simple, but very fun read!

12 comments:

Carl V. said...

Hunky Dory, I love that name! This one sounds like a delightful tale. Reminds me in some ways of the graphic novel stories of Scary Godmother by Jill Thompson. Have you read any of these? They are wonderful. The last series she did goes back to when Scary Godmother was a child and your review of this book reminds me of things that happen to her in those comics.

Debi said...

Carl V.--

Thanks for telling me about them! They sound really good!

--Annie

Alessandra said...

This sounds like a very fun read. Thank you for the great review, Annie!

Becky said...

Sounds interesting :)

Tasses said...

Hadn't heard of this one! It sounds really interesting... will have to check it out!

(jumped over from Bookworms Carnival)

Lightheaded said...

Sounds fun!

Amanda said...

Great review! I've seen this book posted elsewhere but your review makes me want to give it a whirl. Thanks!

Mrs S said...

Hunky Dory! What a great name for a witch. This sounds like an interesting read (though I'm starting to think I shouldn't look at any more carnival posts as my wish list is creaking under the weight of all these new books!)

Melody said...

I like the name Hunky Dory! This sounds like an interesting read. Thanks for sharing, Annie! :)

Rebecca Reid said...

I like the idea of blending many fairy tale plots and characters into one.

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