Good morning, my literary foodies! No doubt you stagger to your computer or tablet, gorged on Thanksgiving turkey (if you’re a United Statesian that is), eager to get another slice of literary pie. Fortunately, I have just the perfect little tidbit of holiday joy, just enough to fill you up but not leave you bloated!
Before we get to it, let’s sing the Starving Review Canto:
- I attempt to rate every book from the perspective of a fan of the genre
- I attempt to make every review as spoiler-free as possible
AFECS is a short treat, but it’s a delightful one. Just as the tale is a brief one, my review will be equally so, but in this case it is a good thing. Sometimes short and sweet is the best way to go!
Aimed at middle-grade children, AFECS manages first and foremost to touch on something that is hard to capture in a meal for kids, and that is a true sense of wonder. I know that isn’t a very concrete element, but it’s an important one to help a dish transcend its normal boundaries. What I mean to say is that, despite its intentions, the story managed to resonate strongly with me, despite my nearly forty years on the planet.
What we essentially have here is a modern Christmas fairy tale in the old sense of the term. It doesn’t talk down to the children who may be reading it, but it doesn’t try to position itself as something more urbane or worldly. This gives it a feeling of timelessness and that is crucial for this kind of tale to be more than just a momentary distraction for any reader, young or old.
If you’re a parent looking to add a new holiday treat to your childrens’ literary world, I can say no more than A Fairy Extraordinary Christmas Story is a delightful Christmas cookie, festooned in timeless wonder! Even if you have no children of your own but have an interest in fairy tales or simply still keep your child-at-heart well-fed, you can do no better than to add this to your holiday reading plate. Bravo!
FINAL VERDICT: ***** (A delightful Christmas cookie, festooned in timeless wonder!)