It’s April in Whimsy Wood and Fearne’s about to make a new friend! Find out how our new quirky character gets in a sticky situation and how Fearne rescues him, in this 9th chocolatey instalment from the award-winning Whimsy Wood series.
‘I loved it. It was a really charming book’ Bo Griffiths, 8 years.
‘I loved Mustard! His little legs kicking about covered in chocolate was very funny!’ Sadie Gregory, 6 years.
‘Sarah Hill brings Fearne Fairy and the Whimsy Wood folk to life, in a way that children will relate to. The alliteration and onomatopoeia combined with an uplifting and heart-warming story, make this a joy to read.’ Gemma Hodgson, English Coordinator at Wyberton Primary School, Wyberton, Lincolnshire.
‘I like the animals in this book as they make me laugh, especially when they say “C-c-crunching c-c-cucumbers!”‘ Annie Watts, 6 years.
‘I loved this book! It’s great that Fearne is different to other fairies and her awful singing made me laugh!’ Martha Barber, 7 years.
‘The Whimsy Wood folk are timeless characters in the fashion of Potter, Milne and White. In time, The Whimsy Wood series is likely to find it’s place in the lexicon of classic children’s literature.’ Reader’s Favourite, U.S.
Fearne Fairy and the Chocolate Caterpillar is the 9th book in the Whimsy Wood series written by Sarah Hill and illustrated by Sarah Mauchline. The series is aimed at 5 to 8 year olds and each book is written for a specific month and the flora and fauna throughout reflect this. In this book it is April and this is highlighted with the use of hot cross buns and April showers. Although this is part of a series it works perfectly as a standalone.
For newcomers to Fearne Fairy there is a wonderful introduction to Fearne with a great description of her illustrating her bright and colourful clothing. In her rainbow raincoat and frog-patterned fairy wellies you warm to Fearne immediately. The characters are well thought out with each having their own unique personality and voice making them easily identifiable.
I loved the way this book is written. Hill’s use of alliteration gives the story a rhythm and makes it immediately engaging to the reader. The use of this technique within the character’s names makes them easy for children to remember. Brilliantly written for young readers, I can imagine that any child would be easily captivated by the story. It also has a conversational tone in plcaes making it an ideal book to read aloud to your child. The use of phrases such as ‘splish, splash, splosh’ encourage young, new readers to get involved in the story and I can imagine children saying these phrases loudly. Fearne Fairy and the Chocolate Caterpillar is the perfect length to keep young minds focused.
The humour throughout had me smiling to myself and as an adult I really enjoyed reading this book, so children will adore it and the fact that Fearne needs some practice in her fairy skills. As well as been fun to read, Hill has incorporated an educational element as Fearne learns that caterpillars do not stay caterpillars forever and go through their own magical transformation.
The illustrations throughout are beautiful and match the story and the characters perfectly. They really complement the prose and each has plenty to point out and talk about. The humour throughout the book shines through in the pictures. At the end of the book there is a map for the child to complete to engage them further and keep discussion and thoughts on the story going.
Fearne Fairy and the Chocolate Caterpillar is a real delight to read. It is charming, funny and enchanting and will really appeal to the age range it is aimed at and encourage them to develop their reading skills. Whimsically wonderful!
Published on 2 July 2016 by Abela publishing.
A huge thank you to Sarah Hill for the copy in exchange for my fair and honest review.