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Project Fairy: Discover a brand new magical adventure from Jacqueline Wilson

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Mab lives at home with her mum, little brother Robin and an enormous collection of fairy ornaments and trinkets. When we first see Robin's group of five-year-old friends, a girl and a boy want him for a boyfriend. Mab mentions her neighbours Michael and Lee twice or three times, and they might be a gay couple, but we never meet them, so am I reaching?

Unlike some of JW's earlier books, Mabs' mum is clearly suffering (from depression, it would appear her confidence in general) but the subject is broached with care and sympathy, and it's apparent Mabs doesn't blame her mum for sometimes not being able to care for them.In spite of the typical girl-on-girl hate with the school bullies, and with other girls, and Mab moving on to being friends with a boy, Micky, because, and I quote, "[. Though I am sad that Nick Sharratt no longer illustrates the bright, iconic covers for JW books anymore, but I understand he has to move on to new projects and things. I kind of wish there was a mention, like a suggestion, of whether Mum was taking any kind of medication, any antidepressants, however.

The Illustrated Mum won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award, the 1999 Children’s Book of the Year at the British Book Awards and was also shortlisted for the 1999 Whitbread Children’s Book Award. It was too adorable - Rachael Dean is a fine, lovely illustrator for this type of children's lit - and I was in the mood for some lighthearted, harmless escapism (at least I hoped it would be harmless), maybe some fairy fantasy, and nostalgia. uk will use the information you provide on this form to be in touch with you and to provide updates and marketing.But later on, he is kind and sweet to her; it's only the adjustment period that had stressed him out, and made him distant and seemingly scary. At least there is no sign of any abusive parent apologist BS that unfortunately plagues quite a lot of JW's books - 'The Illustrated Mum', 'Lily Alone', 'Secrets', 'The Diamond Girls', 'Love Lessons', 'The Suitcase Kid', 'Best Friends', 'The Bed and Breakfast Star', 'Little Darlings', and of course 'Opal Plumstead' (I'm still seething) - which I'm sure is unintentional, it's just something I've noticed. Inconsciemment la d*pression, l’abandon d’un parent, l’acceptation d’une famille recomposée, l’h*rcèlement scolaire sont traités. When her dad leaves her very early and gets a new family, Mab, her brother and her mother start to feel ill.

But I wouldn't expect anything else from JW, normally her books approch touchy subjects pretty well and this was no different. In conclusion, as predictable as 'Project Fairy' is - to me, who is well versed in JW's formulas - and as silly and nonsensical as the kids' book is, I'm pleased I gave it a chance, and gave Jacqueline Wilson a second chance. I always take off the dust cover on hardback's I'm actively reading to keep them safe and my jaw dropped when I saw what was under it.

Mab, who initially wasn't interested in pink and "girly" things like fairies and was embarrassed by her mother's love of them, comes to see this, and appreciate her mum more later on. I think the fairies, who are not so sweet and saccharine like you see in other children's media, are intended to be real in 'Project Fairy'. There's no fat-shaming and fat-hatred either, but that might be because no one is described as being fat in 'Project Fairy'. Although this initially put me off the novel, I still enjoyed the expected elements Jacqueline portrays in her texts, hard subject matter and topics made understandable and relatable for children.

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