Posted by panaura on 27th December 2009
Both books I read this week looked unbelievably magical. But that’s why you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. The Giant Slayer by Iain Lawrence depicted a massive giant and a tiny boy — a fablelike cover that conjures so many magical possibilities. And while the book was decent, it didn’t reflect the same feel as the cover. Fairy Godmother Academy #1: Birdie’s Book by Jan Bozarth looked and sounded magical. I mean, its about a school for Fairy Godmothers right? Well, it fell a little short for me. The structure for a truly magical story was there, but I felt like the author didn’t deliver. It was too cookie-cutter, too typical, despite the fact that a fairy godmother academy is a new spin on magical stories (as far as I’m aware).
I would recommend The Giant Slayer to those who like sad stories with symbolism. But if you’re just looking for a light, escape read, the book isn’t for you. It takes place in the 1950′s, and illustrates the horrors of the Polio epidemic. The “giant slayer” part is merely a story told by the main character.
As for the Fairy Godmother Academy, I wish I had something better to say. It’s definitely for the younger half of the YA audience, and would likely only appeal to girls who’ve slightly outgrown the Rainbow Magic series. The dialogue is unrealistic in some parts, and at times I found the plot hard to follow. Maybe Jan Bozarth will deliver a winner in book two, Fairy Godmother Academy #2: Kerka’s Book.