Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

The Fairy-Spotter's Handbook

The Fairy-Spotter's Handbook

Rosalind Kerven
Illustrator:   Wayne Anderson 
Picture Book
For ages 6 to 10
Frances Lincoln, 2003   ISBN: 978-1845071523

Have you ever seen a flash of movement from the corner of your eye - a little bit of green or brown? Have you ever seen what looked like a tiny person peeking from behind a tree? Have you ever wondered if maybe, just maybe, you might have seen a fairy? If you have, then pick up this book and get busy reading because within these pages you will find a wealth of information and stories. By the time you reach the last page you will be so well informed that you will feel ready to go out into the woods and meadows to do a little fairy-spotting of your own.

You will learn all about Fairyland, a world which lies beneath the ground. You will find out how to get to this land, but only if you are lucky enough to find one of the doorways that lead to it. Though very few humans ever have contact with fairies you will read about those few who have and who have learned very valuable lessons from their experience. An old man who tried to spy on the fairies paid dearly for his folly while another man was tricked into believing that he was going to be shown where leprechaun gold was buried. Clearly is doesn't pay to upset The Little People, and if you are not careful they will have a wonderful time playing tricks on you.

Whether you are interested in house fairies, Will O' Wisps, or Brownies you are sure to find this book not only useful in your our studies but highly entertaining. Wayne Anderson's magical softly lit illustrations are a perfect companion to the vignettes, anecdotes, and stories in the text, capturing the seemingly frail magic of the creatures of the fairy world.