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Overall message is too confusing, rhymes seem contrived at times
29 October 2018
Having read a Guardian article about this book meeting the crisis in children's mental health, we bought this book hopeful of its positive messages. We have tried to read with three times with our daughter who gets confused each time (as did we).
The first 80 or so pages show a pretty irredeemable Truth Pixie who, quite aside from only being able to tell the truth, appears to be very mean spirited too - my daughter kept questioning why the Truth Pixie had to be so mean. The rest of the book the Truth Pixie appears to have acquired the ability to see in the future and does so (rather than telling truths which seems to be what her character is based around) in order to make an anxious girl feel better. As a result, they become friends.
I get that the message is love yourself, but there are other probably inadvertent messages coming through which resonated more with our daughter - the main one being that telling the truth makes you family-less and friend-less, and that telling the truth will get you in trouble.
Leaving aside the story, I didn't enjoy the language either. Often the rhymes didn't quite fit or interrupted the flow, and sometimes (not always) the author would abbreviate names (e.g. from Truth Pixie to TP) in order to fit the rhyme so the language seemed quite contrived.
Maybe i'm being too sensitive but as a parent of an overly-anxious child (and one who lies out of anxiety), I found the book pretty disappointing and the messages were blurred. I guess I am writing this as a warning to parents with similar children - maybe order it first, read it yourself, and decide whether to share the story with your child.
The illustrations were however beautiful.