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Project Fairy: Discover a brand new magical adventure from Jacqueline Wilson

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When Mab comes into school with a new fairy dress on her birthday, her teacher gives her a book all about Victorian fairies. I grew up on Jacqueline Wilsons stories and still enjoy them as an adult reader so I was excited to get started on this one. The main reason I will continue, is one, I have bought and read all of her books since I was a child, and they hold a very special place in my heart. But the family are in for an even bigger surprise when something tiny tumbles out from within the pages. The ending is kind of rushed, too, but perhaps an open ending, where we don't know most of the characters' fates, is realistic?

Jackie's writing style, although has evolved over the years, keeps a similar structure, such as a non traditional home life/family, characters being themselves, even though it may not appear to be the "norm". I've read all her new books and absolutely adore Rachael Dean's illustrations, and this was no different for me. The reveal later down the line that Mab's parents were never married is an offhanded, whatever remark. Mab mentions her neighbours Michael and Lee twice or three times, and they might be a gay couple, but we never meet them, so am I reaching? The narrative is relevant and features current lingo and contemporary issues, I believe that any child would enjoy this book.Is it before British primary school years, which are for children who are about nine to twelve years old? As well as winning many awards for her books, including the Children’s Book of the Year, Jacqueline is a former Children’s Laureate, and in 2008 she was appointed a Dame. She has written over 100 books and is the creator of characters such as Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather.

The fantasy element was equally lovely, with that typical Victorian twist present in all my favourite JW books.In conclusion, as predictable as 'Project Fairy' is - to me, who is well versed in JW's formulas - and as silly and nonsensical as the kids' book is, I'm pleased I gave it a chance, and gave Jacqueline Wilson a second chance. Additional note: Mab is shown to be good at playing football once - brought on by her new best boy-friend, Micky, because feminism - but it never comes up again.

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