Thursday, 6 February 2020

Storybook Corner Book Review: The Truth Pixie Goes to School by Matt Haig

The Truth Pixie Goes to School
Matt Haig
Illustrated by Chris Mould

Publisher: Canongate Books
Publication date: 1st August 2019
Genre: Children's
Pages: 122
Format read: Hardcover
Source: Won in a giveaway

New school. New friends. Same old pixie.

'Aada started her new school,
And the pixie came too.
But this school was a place
Where it was hard to be true . . .'

An uplifting story that will delight younger readers and help them to be themselves in their school uniform. With words by the bestselling mastermind Matt Haig and pictures by the inky genius Chris Mould.

With Dot starting school this week I thought The Truth Pixie Goes to School an apt read.

There once was a girl
Who lived far away
And tried to be kind
Whatever the day.

Aada lived with her dad. She was sad because she was moving towns and had to start a new school. This is sad at the best of times but poor Aada’s Gran had died and her father had lost his job. But Aada had her best friend, the Truth Pixie, who went with her everywhere and when times were tough and Aada was sad the Pixie was always there to cheer her up.
When they started school the Pixie was outspoken and everyone laughed at her for being different. Aada was embarrassed and wanted to fit in with the other kids so she turns her back on the Pixie. The Pixie, rejected, leaves and goes home. Aada soon misses her quirky best friend but has she lost her forever?

The Truth Pixie Goes to School is a fun, enjoyable story told in rhyming verse. The quirky illustrations by award winning illustrator Chris Mould are as much a part of the story as the verse that accompanies them.

A poignant tale with themes of bullying, hurting a friend’s feelings, being true to yourself, saying sorry and not changing to fit in with the crowd.

Don’t try to be something
You really are not.
Your one true self
Is the best thing you’ve got.


Dot's rating  5/5

About the author:

Photo credit: Goodreads
As well as being a number one bestselling writer for adults Matt haig has won the Blue Peter Book Award, the Smarties Book Prize and been nominated three times for the Carnegie Medal for his stories for children and young adults.
In 2018, The Truth Pixie was a Sunday Times children's bestseller.


About the illustrator:

Photo credit: Goodreads
Chris Mould went to art school at the age of sixteen. he has won the Nottingham Children's Book Award and been commended by the Sheffield Children's Book Award. he likes to write and draw the kind of books he would have liked to have had on his shelf as a boy.


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