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The Fairy Detective Agency: Three Pickled Herrings Paperback – 7 Feb 2013
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Absolutely charming (Angels & Urchins)
Wonderfully imaginative, full of quirky humour and delightfully illustrated (Parents In Touch)
Gardner's riotous fantasy world includes a multitude of charmingly unlikely characters (BookTrust)
A quirky and whimsical read, illustrated with suitably strange and wonderful line drawings. Its oddball protagonists are engaging and it has the feel of an otherworld screwball comedy (Carousel)
Garner is a highly talented storyteller ... charmingly anarchic (School Librarian)
Very mysterious ... very funny (The Guardian Online)
Eventful, fast-paced (Teaching English (Primary Matters))
Sally Gardner successfully combines magic and a touch of fairy tale with a contemporary feel in this charming adventure story. The story moves at a fast pace but for me the delightful characters are the most enjoyable aspect of the book. The quirky illustrations by David Roberts are very much a part of the success of this book fitting the style of the story perfectly and bringing the characters to life. The short chapters and the many illustrations ensure that the book will appeal to newly independent readers but the use of language, wit, catchphrases and world play mean that this story would work well read aloud too. Emily and her gang are great fun and this series deserves to be a success. (Anne Thompson thebookbag.co.uk)
Wonderfully imaginative, full of quirky humour and delightfully illustrated. (www.parentsintouch.co.uk)
this is just as good as the first book. There's so much fun and silliness here and once again David Roberts' illustrations are pitched perfectly. I think Sally Gardner has a real winner with this series. Younger readers will love it and parents won't mind reading it aloud either. Now, let's hope there's another one coming out soon. (J E Towey www.jetowey.com)
The second in a brand-new fairy detective series brimming with mystery and magic by million-copy-selling author Sally Gardner, and illustrated by bestselling artist, David Roberts.See all Product description
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When a man and his dog suddenly die and disappear, Wings & Co find themselves with two new cases that need immediate detective work. It seems a naughty fairy is behind the recent disturbances, but is that all that's going on? With the help of Fidget the giant cat and Buster the Grumpy, Emily sets out to solve the mystery of the three pickled herrings.
Sally Gardner introduces some fantastic new characters in this book, most notably Elvis the Elf. He's brought to life by David Roberts and his fantastic illustrations, and soon became my favourite. Aunt Lettice and Mr Rollo also get honourable mentions - I loved them both and hope they show up again in future books. I can't forget already established characters too, like the lamp and the keys. They steal any scene they're in, and the lamp has the coolest Moroccan slippers!
I haven't been this excited about a series of books for younger readers since I first discovered Marcus Sedgwick's The Raven Mysteries. It helps that I already love fairies and fantasy creatures, but even so, Wings & Co is unbelievably good. It hits the right tone and humour, making it the perfect children's series. I hope there are many more books to come!
This book is the first mystery, or rather it’s three mysteries that might or might not be related. Look I’ll keep using words like ‘love’ ‘adore’ & ‘wonderful’ when it comes to these books so you might as well get you to it.
Living at Wings & Co. Fairy Detective Agency (which has the best library btw) isn’t quite turning out as Emily expected, her and Buster aren’t getting along. I actually appreciate this storyline – because instant friends don’t always happen and you can respect each other’s skills regardless. Also while Emily is certainly smart she doesn’t know everything so Fidget, Buster and Emily working together benefits them all.
The Three Pickled Herrings is a great sequel, the writing and language (particular Fidget’s fish-focused vocabulary) is perfection. I loved the way everything came together. Bring on book 3.
I like the description used throughout the whole book.
What I dislike...
I don't like the length of the book because I want to move onto other books knowing I have to finish this one.
Would I recommend this book to a friend?..
I would because it is funny, emotional and lots of other happy words.
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