Welcome to Children's Corner book reviews from 4MBS Classic Radio FM in Brisbane. Here you will find short annotations of the children's books reviewed by Kerry Neary in Children's Corner on 4MBS, together with the details you need to find them at your favourite bookstore. Any prices shown are the publisher's Australian recommended price and may vary depending on where you shop. You are welcome to use these reviews for newsletters and the like with appropriate acknowledgement.
Dec 12, 2015
Anne Booth, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
Nosy Crow [Allen & Unwin]
The cover is a giveaway, let alone the title. Betty the little fairy muddles up all her spells. She actually has to resort to practical measures to help out her forest friends with their problems. Then comes the day that Betty has to prove her own fairy-ness and her friends return to give her confidence. The text has a bouncing rhythm in rhyming verse and the mixed-media illustrations are brightly coloured and breezily humorous. It is a lovely story about helping, having courage, gaining confidence and the value of friendship.