Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

A Practical Guide to Faeries

A Practical Guide to Faeries

Susan J. Morris
Fiction  Series
For ages 9 to 12
Mirrorstone, 2009   ISBN: 978-0786951406

Are you one the kind of person who believes fairies? Do you believe that the Feywild, the land of the faeries, is a real place? If you are such person, then you are in the right place. Pip Puddlejump Impirae Pioneer Playful Prankster Panishee is going to be your faerie guide, and she has created this guide for you to help you safely negotiate the fairy world.

In her guide, Pip begins by telling you what you need to have before you are ready to journey into the Feywild. Sturdy walking shoes, a cloak, honey and beads, a small container of salt, and a dagger are just a few of the things that you will need to pack up before you set out. Next Pip gives you some safety tips. She explains that though faeries are not evil creatures, they are fond of pranks that can be quite dangerous if you are a human. Pip advises you not to give a faerie your full name, to never eat faerie food, don’t stay in the Feywild too long, and make sure that you stick to your faerie guide.

Learning a few words and phrases in the faerie language is also a good thing to do. Be careful though because the words are hard to pronounce and you may say something that could be considered offensive.

This unique guide will delight young readers who have an interest in faeries and other magical creatures. Readers are given a detailed description of what faeries are like, where they live, what they wear, and more. Then the faerie guide goes on to describe the Feywild, a land full of spriggans, satyrs, brownies, nixies, treants, and many other creatures.

Packed with beautiful and detailed illustrations, this is a book that fantasy fans will come back to again and again.