#WorldKidLit Wednesday: Mister Fairy

Think every fairy looks like Tinkerbell, with a cute tutu, and a twinkle in her lovely eye as she daintily darts around waving her magic wand like a ray of magical sunshine?

Think again.

“Everyone knows the forest is full of all kinds of fairies… There are morning fairies, brave fairies, sleepy-time fairies, and even fairies that clean.”

Meet Mister Fairy, a decidedly non-traditional magical being.

“Mister Fairy is not a morning fairy. He cannot get up in time to wake the forest animals. He barely makes it to breakfast.”

Nor does he have perfect skin and flawless looks: Mister Fairy has the trunk of an elephant and gray skin to match.

Plus he’s a he. 

Indeed, the only traditional things about Mister Fairy are his wand, tiny wings, and cute dress (in lieu of a tutu).  Clearly, Mister Fairy does not fit into the normal fairy world. He can’t figure out what he’s good at, let alone what his special fairy talent might be.

When he leaves the forest in a fit of sad frustration, Mister Fairy discovers that he does have a special talent after all: with a wave of his wand, he can bring the gift of laughter and color wherever he goes: “Mister Fairy finally realized that although he could not wake the forest or magic a kiss, he could make it all better in his own special way.”

Writes publisher (and translator) Angus Yuen-Killick from the new, independent children’s publishing house, Red Comet Press, “I was drawn to the art and obvious humor found in the grumpy-looking protagonist who embodied the opposite of all preconceived stereotypes of a classic fairy. And then, I just loved the idea of publishing a book with the title, ‘Mister Fairy,’ . . . two words that seem inherently oxymoronic: I just wanted to know more about this little guy!”

A sweet, gently funny picture book for ages 4-8, Mister Fairy celebrates self-discovery and self-acceptance, not just for those who march to the beat of their own drummer, not only for those who don’t fit in, but for everyone. For there’s a little of Mister Fairy in all of us.

Mister Fairy
Written by Morgane de Cadier
Illustrated by Florian Pigé
Translated from the French by Angus Yuen-Killick
2021, Red Comet Press
ISBN:  978-1-63655-000-8

You can buy a copy here.

Watch the book video.

Reviews: Kirkus

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Award-winning opera singer Nanette McGuinness is the translator of 80 books and graphic novels for children and adults from French, Italian, German and Spanish into English, including the well-known Geronimo Stilton Graphic Novels. Two of her translationsLuisa: Now and Then and California Dreamin’: Cass Elliot Before the Mamas & the Papas were chosen for YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels for Teens; Luisa: Now and Then was also a 2019 Stonewall Honor Book. Her recent translations include Makhno: Ukrainian Freedom Fighter (the publisher is donating part of the proceeds to the Ukrainian war relief effort); Rosa Parks; Magical History Tour: Gandhi; Magical History Tour: The PlagueBibi & Miyu#2, LGBTQ YA manga Alter Ego, and the critically acclaimed A House Without Windows.

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