Title: Rita Wants a Fairy Godmother (Rita #4)
Author: Márie Zepf
Illustrator: Mr Ando (Andrew Whitson)
Genre: Children’s picture book
Book format: Paperback
Description: Meet Rita. She’s a little girl with very big ideas. When she doesn’t feel like getting dressed in the morning, she dreams up a Fairy godmother. Rita’s Fairy godmother would only have to twirl her wand – swoosh! – but who knows what might happen when she did?
*Free copy provided by publisher for review…
Review: This is another great book from the Rita series. Rita wants a lot of things, but this time she wants a fairy godmother because Rita needs to get dressed and a fairy godmother could dress her up instantly. A fairy godmother could give her the right outfit for any occasion, but what if the fairy godmother decides that Rita should only wear pretty dresses? This picture book is a paperback filled with thick matt pages of some very colourful illustrations and text.
After Rita decides that she wants a fairy godmother we see her imagining all the wonderful outfits that she could instantly be dressed in by her fairy godmother if she had one. Like magic she could change into any outfit she wants. However soon it becomes clear that a fairy godmother might not be the best for Rita to have after all. The story is quite simple but I love just how silly things get for Rita when the fairy godmother decides that Rita should wear princess-like outfits. Soon Rita finds herself in all sorts of funny and frustrating, for her, situations which are shown through the amazing illustrations. I love how detailed and lovely the illustrations are with Rita ending up in funny situations where she doesn’t want to be, I especially love the scene towards the end with a knight.
Each page is so colourful with lovely images that make some of Rita’s outfits look extra lovely and sparkly. I love the mix of media in the pictures, what look like really beautiful. For example there are bright orange flower photos layered upon the illustrations to create a really amazing image. I love Rita’s expressions in this book, often looking grumpy, and the final picture wraps up the story well. I like what Rita learns about getting dressed and how this book’s story reflects exactly what some children are like when they are told to do something like getting dressed. Overall this is another lovely book in the Rita series and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book where Rita wants a dragon! 🙂
–Rita Wants a Fairy Godmother is also published in Welsh and Irish.
What do you think of this book? Did you want a fairy godmother when you were growing up? Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂