Gail Carson Levine is the author of several books for children,
including the Newbery-Honor winning Ella Enchanted and the recently
published, Fairest. She lives in New York's Hudson Valley.
David Christiana has illustrated more than twenty pictures books for children, four of which he wrote. He lives in Tucson, Arizona, and teaches illustration at the University of Arizona.
An infectious baby's laugh (said to be the genesis of fairies) kicks off this audio adaptation of Levine's (Ella Enchanted) original novel about Tinker Bell, of Peter Pan fame, and her friends on the island of Never Land. Tink is among the Never fairies who are curious about Prilla, the isle's newest arrival. But Prilla is having a rough transition to her new life; she isn't sure which fairy faction she belongs to, because she doesn't know what her talent is. When tragedy strikes Never Land, however, Prilla is called on to help lead a perilous quest to save the fairies and their leader, Mother Dove. Along the way, Prilla learns what she's really good at. Gordon, a British actress, reads with a softened accent and a kind, sunny tone that prove inviting. Fans of all things fairy may want to flit with Prilla and hear more about beloved Tinker Bell, but many young listeners are likely to find the myriad details of fairy life and the convoluted plot line a bit hard to follow. Ages 6-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Gr 2-4-Unbeknownst to many, the fairies of Never Land have an intricate community in which everyone is useful to society. And, sadly, the newest arrival, Prilla, just doesn't fit in, for she appears without knowing what her particular talent is. Is she a tinker who likes to fix pots and pans like Tinker Bell? Or should she play with water like sweet Ree? Prilla's problems quickly become moot when the source of all magic on Never Land, a mysterious egg belonging to motherly Mama Dove, is destroyed in a vicious hurricane. Now Prilla and two other fairies must embark on a quest to save the egg and, with it, Never Land's secret of youth before it is too late. This book isn't going to bowl anyone over with its originality, and Levine isn't afraid to employ a little deus ex machina when the fancy strikes her, but overall it's an engaging tale. The story is exciting, the characters accessible if stock, and Christiana's lush, full-color illustrations breathtaking. Children already enamored of the Disney Princess line will be clamoring for it.-Elizabeth Bird, New York Public Library Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.