The Resource Alice the fairy, David Shannon

Alice the fairy, David Shannon

Label
Alice the fairy
Title
Alice the fairy
Statement of responsibility
David Shannon
Creator
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Alice, who claims to be a Temporary Fairy, still has a lot to learn, such as how to make her clothes put themselves away in the closet
Writing style
Character
Illustration
Review
  • PreS. If Shannon’s David is a little devil, Alice is on the angelic side (almost). Using the same oversize format that he did in books such as No, David! (1998), Shannon introduces young Alice, a fairy-in-training dressed up with wings, a wand, and patent leather shoes. Similar to David, she is drawn in doll-like style (though her teeth aren’t sharp). Alice talks directly to her audience, informing them what fairies do and how she works her magic. “One time my mom made cookies for my dad. So I turned them into mine,” she says, as she eyes the plate of cookies; in the next picture the plate is almost empty, and there are crumbs all over Alice’s face. A few of the analogies are a stretch (this fairy’s life is filled with danger--in the form of broccoli), but kids will find most of the humor right at their level, in terms of both wit and imagination. The pictures are richly colored, some almost effervescent in their playfulness. A meeting between Alice and David would engender even more fun. -- Ilene Cooper (BookList, 11-15-2004, p592)
  • PreS-Gr 1 –Donning a fairy costume inspires a little girl's imagination in this droll picture book. Alice speaks for herself, claiming she can fly (not too high but really fast), can change her dad into a horse (for a horsey ride), can make herself disappear (by flicking off the light switch with her wand), and can turn oatmeal into cake by pouring on fairy dust (sugar). There are elements of danger, such as broccoli poisoned by the wicked Duchess (Mom) and baths (fairies hate baths), as well as mischief ("…my mom made cookies for my dad. So I turned them into mine") and mishaps ("Once I accidentally turned my white dress into a red one"). Alice knows that Permanent fairyhood requires a lot of tests, attending Advanced Fairy School, and learning how to "make clothes get up off the floor and… line up in the closet," so she'll "probably be a Temporary fairy forever." With his signature cartoon-style art and childlike lettering, Shannon has created a winsome, exuberant heroine whose wide eyes and toothy smile bring David to mind, though Alice's blond ringlets are all her own. Variety in page and text layout and the use of brilliant color make the pictures dance and occasionally pop right off the pages. An enjoyable romp.–Marie Orlando, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY --Marie Orlando (Reviewed November 1, 2004) (School Library Journal, vol 50, issue 11, p118)
  • Though one must attend Advanced Fairy School to become a "Permanent fairy," young Alice has earned her stripes as a "Temporary fairy," wielding a wand and a colorful imagination to brighten her days. Kids will instantly connect to Alice's matter-of-fact tone as she describes the perks and pitfalls of fairyhood. "I can't fly very high yet, but I can fly really fast!" or "I changed my dad into a horse." When she's not disappearing (with a flick of the light switch) or curtsying in the Magic Mirror ("Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the fairiest of them all?" she asks), Alice tries to stay on the good side of the wicked Duchess (Mom) and Duke of Morningside Drive and perfect her spell casting. Shannon again slips comfortably into the mindset of a child, opening a window on that special time of life when it's easy to believe in magic. The ink-and-watercolor artwork bears the sketchy, childlike style of No, David , giving the proceedings an appropriately breezy feel. Alice—all pink dress, blonde curls and sparkly wings—is a sunny (and ever-so-slightly spunky) delight. Ages 3-up. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed October 11, 2004) (Publishers Weekly, vol 251, issue 41, p78)
  • Young David, who ran bare-bottomed into the hearts of zillions, has a sister—or at least a kindred spirit! Unlike her nonverbal relative, though, she's quite a chatterbox. Introducing herself as a "Temporary fairy," she proceeds to demonstrate tricks she can do—magically turning Dad into a horsie, a plateful of Dad's cookies into her cookies, and, by waving her wand too close to a glass of juice, a white dress into a red one—and can't—making the dog, or her strewn clothes, float off the floor. A peg-toothed child sporting tied-on wings, and a sequined tiara atop blonde curls, Alice dances through Shannon's blotchy, scribbled domestic scenes. Her big personality shines forth from both pictures and hand-lettered nattering, and the touch of vulnerability that he adds to her brash self-confidence makes her all the more likable. Watch out, Olivia. (Picture book. 5-7) (Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 2004)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
130996
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1959-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Shannon, David
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Interest level
Grades K-4
LC call number
PZ7.S52865
LC item number
Al 2004
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 1
Reading level
2.5
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Fairies
  • Imagination
  • Fairies
  • Imagination
  • Fairies
  • Imagination
Target audience
primary
Label
Alice the fairy, David Shannon
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm53356394
Dimensions
29 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780439490252
Lccn
2003023478
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)53356394
Label
Alice the fairy, David Shannon
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm53356394
Dimensions
29 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780439490252
Lccn
2003023478
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)53356394

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