- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc (27 July 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 140220874X
- ISBN-13: 978-1402208744
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.8 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,126,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Thistle and the Shell of Laughter (The Fairy Chronicles, Book 3) Paperback – 27 Jul 2007
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"The Fairy Chronicles" is a new series from Sourcebooks Jabberwocky. Each book introduces a new fairy with different powers and attributes whilst still keeping familiar friends in the action. The series reflects adventure and teamwork, sending a positive message to the reader, encouraging a healthy, active lifestyle and appreciation of nature. 6 titles are scheduled for 2007 with over 60 books in development for new adventures each season over the lifetime of the series.
From the Author
The Fairy Chronicles is a series of modern fairy tales full of magical creatures, both good and evil, and heroic characters who participate in dangerous missions to protect nature and fix serious problems. Ideal for all ages, reading levels ages 7 to 12, the stories include a diverse set of fairy characters and a wide variety of other magical creatures such as trolls, brownies, witches, dwarves, gnomes, elves, unicorns, goblins, wizards, dragons, ogres, magic gargoyles, gremlins, demons, nymphs, giants, and many more. Each story has some sort of problem to be solved such as recovering the stolen Shell of Laughter, helping to break an evil curse, solving the mystery of the Magic Snowglobe, rescuing kidnapped bat fairies, trying to locate missing human shadows, or helping a dragon complete a dangerous quest. Characters and readers learn interesting things such as why fairies fear jigsaw puzzles, what the trollsâ favorite foods are, how dragons are born, why the flamingo stands on one foot, the reason human beings have a shadow, what the grasshopper uses buttons for, where courage comes from, how hope is spread around the world, and what causes nightmares. The Fairy Chronicles are stand-alone books and can be read in any order. Visit fairychronicles.com for free e-books, word search games, and more. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
I have a brand new niece and though she is too young for a book like this I am carefully putting away a copy of this book for her. I don't believe any little girl will be disappointed to read this story. The elf who is "Keeper" of the Shell of Laughter is very stoic, and that is an interesting part of this fairy tale. The writer explains that he is a necessary balance to the shell and otherwise would not be able to withstand the effects of longterm exposure.
I think what I love most about this book and the Fairy Chronicles Series in general is the variety the stories are presenting. In Thistle and the Shell of Laughter, we see unicorns, meet a leprechaun and a hedgehog, learn about types of winds, and discover a special bird called a bobolink. We also meet a witch and learn a little bit about geography (Finland, Norway, etc) when it comes to the spreading of laughter on the winds. There are a number of different kinds of fairies (Starfish, Marigold, Toad, etc) with different personalities so the girls are not all the same. Having enjoyed all of the books in this series so far, I plan to read a lot more about fairies.
what a treat ...
on writing fairies,
she can't be beat.
Book one was pure delight,
and book two is "out of sight."
She also has book three and four,
and about fifty more.
Each of this author's books stands alone as far as storyline, and I discovered something new about fairies and fairy lore in each one. She's a fine writer, so good at her craft that the fairies came alive for me. Interesting storylines, colorful characters in an exciting, entertaining format.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
I picked this up used. It didn't look very good on first flip through, but all kinds of students like all kinds of books.
Should you buy it? No.
This writing is repetitive and very boring. The first 25% of the book is rehash of previous books with nearly identical paragraphs describing in identical order the hair, clothes, skin, wands, etc...
Reminiscent of the duller parts of Nancy Drew books when Keene rambles off on Nancy's titian hair, and valueless series like the Babysitter's Club.
The story was positive and had no mature themes, but those qualities can be found in many better books that feature interesting characters and plots. Do not waste your reader's time or make the mistake of trying to get them to read books that will disappoint and turn them off.
If your child/student likes fantasy and fairies try them on the Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, or the Patricia Wrede Dragons series. The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye is another excellent story in this reading level/interest type.
Jessie Fraser, mom, reader of children's stories, forever kid at heart
The shell is fun. Part of the shell is a joke. You will know what I mean when you read it. I read it twice.
I like it a lot. Unicorns like apples.