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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (6 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571240720
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571240722
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 906,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Enchanted by his delightful drawings.' (Dinah Hall Sunday Telegraph 2011-12-02)

[A] charming, finely produced little treasure, told with clarity, wit and lightness (Nicolette Jones Sunday Times 2011-12-02)

[A] little gem of vivid imagination, gentle humour and moral message ... An impressive debutwhich Crook has illustrated himself with atmospheric black and white drawings. Let's hope there's more to come. (Sally Morris Daily Mail 2011-12-02)

[A]n instant classic. Timeless in aspects, it's warm, brisk, no-nonsense and absolutely clear. It's funny without forcing out the jokes, involving while having a for-all-comers simplicity, and effective at everything it tries to do ... [A] quite beautiful book of charming lightheartedness, fine invention and warm, gripping drama. (The Bookbag 2011-12-02) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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A timeless, beautifully-written and illustrated novel by Pirates of the Caribbean and The Office actor, Mackenzie Crook.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stamford on 29 Aug. 2012
Format: Hardcover
I read this book to my six-year-old daughter, who enjoyed the story, asked lots of questions and loved the author's illustrations.
Unfortunately the publishers have missed its potentially fatal flaw. Early on in the book there's a paragraph that explodes the myth of Father Christmas. There really should be a warning, or it be taken out of the next edition. I had to very quickly change the character to the Tooth Fairy to protect my girl's innocence about Santa. I really couldn't back out of it any other way - children know when you're trying to cover something up. If I'd known beforehand I could have skipped the paragraph.
As it is she now knows there's no such thing as the Tooth Fairy - rather ironic in a book about fairies...
Otherwise a lovely book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By H. Darley on 18 April 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book is beautifully written with a simple but very engaging story. It is quite fast paced to keep children gripped but also contains some evocative detail. The only negative is that it gives away the fact that Father Christmas and the Tooth Fairy aren't real! Seems a shame as otherwise it would be a great book for able but younger readers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bookworn grannie on 11 Mar. 2012
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my 8 year old granddaughter. She has struggled a little bit with some of the language as its quite adult but hasn't really had a problem. She likes the fact that the sprites aren't "cute" as it makes them seem more real and the really loves the way the extracts from the ancient book are printed in old fashioned style. Good concepts and has made her think. A good buy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By fuzzypostie on 13 Feb. 2012
Format: Hardcover
As a fan of Mackenzie Crook,I bought this book for me a 49yr old child. I loved it. When it arrived from Amazon I was so excited. The book was a neat little hard back with wonderful illustrations from Mackenzie himself.He is so talented. I read the book in a day. It was a delightful read and the fact that it was around an inquisitive boy who did not spend his days on the play station was even better,it took me back to my child hood. Haha I am still looking for fairies even today."I do believe in fairies I do I do I do." I highly recommend this book for everyone of all ages. Can not wait for his next book.
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Mackenzie Crook has illustrated the story of "The Windvale Sprites" along with the cover illustration. His illustrations go perfectly with his story.

I picked this copy of "The Windvale Sprites" up at my library. Ragnhild, the fantasy-buff librarian, makes certain she keeps the fantasy/science fiction section well-stocked with books for all age groups. She seems to have a pretty good eye for what will appeal to people. Once again, she was correct where I was concerned.

Librarians are such wonderful and diverse creatures. We get to meet two of them in our story: Mrs. Fields and Mr. Trap. Both names are somehow appropriate (probably intentional). Mrs. Fields is an elderly, sweet, somewhat deaf woman who is willing to aid a boy with his odd queries. Mr. Trap, on the other hand, loves to trap people with his words and is quite sarcastic. He is the kind of person I would have very much liked to stick my tongue out at when I was Asa's age. Asa definitely finds himself not at all fond of Mr. Trap.

Young Asa is the way I think children should be. You know, just a bit naughty, extremely curious and kind at heart.

(Asa) "scribbled a feeble lie on a piece of paper explaining to his parents where he hadn't gone"

At this point I knew I would love the story about Asa, our young hunter of sprites. And I did. There is something magical about an author who knows just how much he can get away with when it comes to playing around with words.

Another thing I really liked about "The Windvale Sprites" was the sprites themselves. Like ravens and crows they love shiny things, they do not thrive in captivity and there is nothing sweet-looking about them (except perhaps their gossamer wings).

"The Windvale Sprites" left me with a happy feeling inside and a smile on my face.

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By Jenny, Wondrous Reads TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Oct. 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I'm glad I waited to read The Windvale Sprites until after I'd read the new prequel book in the series, The Lost Journals of Benjamin Tooth. A lot of the story relates to the new book, and I enjoyed it more knowing some of the background of Benjamin Tooth and the Windvale Sprites. Of course, these books can be read in any order, and complement each other - there's no right way to read them!

Mackenzie Crook surprised me yet again with his ability to write for a young audience. I don't know if he had any writing help or not but, whether he did or didn't, he's come up with an enjoyable, exciting fantasy adventure for childrens and adults alike. His own illustrations are also included, and they're all brilliant. I loved being able to actually see the Windvale Sprites as I was reading a description of them - they're magical creatures but still they have a hint of something not quite right. A little sinister, perhaps? It's all in their eyes.

Asa is a cool little character; he's intent on uncovering the mystery surrounding Windvale Moor but, unlike his predecessor Benjamin Tooth, he's considerate and kind when it comes to the fairie inhabitants. Because of his care and compassion, he's able to befriend the sprites and get a better understanding of them, rather than run away in fear or try to hurt them. He's a good role model for children reading the book, should any of them ever find a fairie of their own!

These books are great reads for anyone who likes The Spiderwick Chronicles, and I hope there are more in the pipeline. Slowly I'm coming round to the idea of celebrities writing children's books, thanks to Mackenzie Crook and David Walliams, and am realising they're actually rather good. The Windvale Sprites is no exception!

3.5/5
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