Sunday 21 January 2024

Ten Minutes to Bed: Little Fairy

Ten Minutes to Bed: Little Fairy by Rhiannon Fielding, illustrated by Chris Chatterton (Penguin Random House) HB RRP $16.99 ISBN: 9780241682951

Reviewed by Dannielle Viera

Although Poppy has small wings, she’s determined to fly as high as the other fairies. But there’s just ten minutes to bedtime! She tries again and again. Then, as her confidence grows, she soars up into the night sky. With four minutes to go until bedtime, she hears a cry from a lost gnome. Poppy offers to fly close to the ground and guide him home. Now tired, Poppy returns to her mummy and folds ‘her wings with a yawn’ as the bedtime countdown draws to a close.

Rhiannon Fielding’s charming couplets roll off the tongue with ease, making this an ideal book to read to kids aged three to six before they go to sleep. As they listen to the magical story, they’ll discover not only the satisfaction of persistence but also the joy that comes from helping out a new friend.

Bright colours burst from Chris Chatterton’s images, and they are sure to captivate littlies. With their large eyes and cartoon-like appearance, the fairies and other forest critters will appeal to readers young and old. The endpapers are especially delightful, as they feature a map of The Land of Nod.

Ten Minutes to Bed: Little Fairy is perfect for calming young minds so they are able to doze off easily at the end of a busy day. A flutter of enchanting dreams is sure to follow.

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