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05 Aug, 2009

More fairies than we can shake a stick at

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Misc. life

If you have little girls in your life you may be already be familiar with the Rainbow Magic Fairy stories. Whoever is cranking these babies out is making a fortune. There must be a hundred different books out there. Sarah is obsessed with them, but they’re below her reading level. She reads one in a couple of hours. We had no choice but to cut her off. We stopped buying them and now seek them out at the school and Ottawa library.

Each “series” consists of seven or eight different books. For example, Ruby the Red Fairy, Amber the Orange Fairy, Sunny the Yellow Fairy, Fern the Green Fairy, Inky the Indigo Fairy, and Heather the Violet Fairy are all different fairy books in the Rainbow Fairy set. But guess what? There’s also a Weather Fairy series and the Jewel Fairy series. There are Pet Fairies, and Fun Day Fairies, and Other Special Fairies.

Each series contains seven or eight books. So you can see how this was going to bankrupt us.

The girls and I started thinking of our own Fairy series titles. It didn’t take long before we broke down in fits of giggles.

How about the Dental Fairies? Carine the Canine Fairy, Izzy the Incisor Fairy, Wendy the Wisdom Fairy, Patty the Premolar Fairy and Manny the Molar Fairy? Follow their adventures as they fight the evil Cavity Creeps!

Or how about the Junk Food Fairies? Ivy the Ice Cream Fairy, Charley the Chips Fairy, Poppy the Soda Pop Fairy, and Fergy the French Fry Fairy … unite to increase your girth and give you a big bum!

Any other fairy books sets we should consider?

7 Responses to "More fairies than we can shake a stick at"

1 | Soire

August 5th, 2009 at 9:24 am


The house fairies of course! The dish fairy, and the laundry fairy, and the dust fairy, and the dirty floor fairies ;)

2 | Alison in Ottawa

August 5th, 2009 at 11:32 am


We also have many of these and I have been moving towards the library but then it is hard to get them in order! I wish you could take them out as a series instead of the individual titles.

3 | Andrea

August 5th, 2009 at 3:14 pm


There’s got to be a finite number of these books to be written. My daugther’s bookshelf is cluttered with them but I can’t bear to refuse her. She’s going into Grade One and just learning to read…
I’d actually love a dentist series. How about the allergy fairies too?

4 | Yoni

August 5th, 2009 at 4:33 pm


I too have to suffer through the craptastic fairy series. I think we’ve got at least 35 books.

Every time I read one with her I want to poke my eyes out.

That said, she loves them.

The author certainly knows their audience.

I’ve also had the pleasure of at least 2-3x a week being either Rachel or Kirsty in our make believe fairy living room.

Why can’t Jack Frost and his goblins win already.

That’s a book I’d enjoy.

5 | Laura

August 5th, 2009 at 4:56 pm


I haven’t heard of these books as my daughter is too old and my son would rather read about Pokemon than fairies, but I do have to say I could be the main character (whose bum gets bigger) in the Ivy the Ice Cream Fairy book – with the extra 7 pounds I recently gained eating the #$*% stuff!

6 | Shan

August 5th, 2009 at 6:06 pm


My daughter’s a big fan of these too. I usually buy them through the Scholastic catalogue. The books are cheaper and the school gets a kick back as well.

7 | Stacey

August 6th, 2009 at 9:57 pm


If she enjoys the Rainbow Fairies, you could try the Fairy Chronicles series by J.H. Sweet. I think there are about a dozen books. They are written at a more advanced reading level than the Rainbow Magic books. Might last longer than an afternoon! We accidentally got one of these books for my daughter, but it was much more difficult to read aloud. (maybe preview one yourself, as my husband didn’t approve of everything in the book, but our daughter is only 5, so it might have been an age thing.)

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