When Cassie finds a magic pair of glasses that allow her to see fairies, she has to figure out where they came from . . . and what the fairies want her to do with them.
A 12,000 word children’s fantasy story.
Although in theory I’m not really part of this book’s target audience, I often find children’s fantasy books more satisfying than their adult-oriented counterparts, which is why I wanted to read this one. And I’m glad I gave it a chance!
The author does a very good job at blending the whimsical aspects of the story with the more realistic moments, achieving a nice balance that makes the story very pleasing to read. She’s also very good at developing characters. The children really speak and behave like children, and the grown-ups are relatable and believable. By the way, I really like Cassie’s parents. Instead of dismissing their daughter’s revelation about seeing fairies as a ridiculous lie, which is what many other parents would have done in their place, they choose to trust her and give her sensible advice.
Cassie is a very likeable protagonist in my opinion. She usually tries to do the right thing, even when that goes against her personal preferences and interests. She’s also a girl who understands the value of friends.
And now that I mention it, I’ve got to compliment the author on how she handled all the friendship-related issues presented in the story. I felt for Cassie, who missed her best friend Daisy, and I felt even more for Bianca, who didn’t even have a friend to miss, but the author’s approach to these serious topics isn’t heavy-handed at all. The realism doesn’t affect the story’s overall light-hearted atmosphere, but said atmosphere doesn’t trivialize the characters’ issues either.
“Fairy Eyeglasses” is a charming, entertaining, and well-written story. I’m happy it’s part of a series, because I want to see more of the author’s ideas about those fascinating fairies and the humans who unexpectedly detect their existence.
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