Chloe the Kitten (Fairy Animals of Misty Wood)

by Lily Small

Paperback, 2015

Status

Available

Local notes

PB Sma

Publication

Henry Holt and Co. BYR Paperbacks (2015), 144 pages

Description

Chloe, a Cobweb Kitten, is fluttering through Hawthorn Hedgerows in the enchanted realm of Misty Wood decorating cobwebs with dewdrops when she meets a baby mouse who is lost and afraid.

Language

Original language

English

Physical description

7.19 inches

ISBN

9781627791410

Barcode

6663

User reviews

LibraryThing member nmhale
I did not like this book. However, my children did, and there is a good chance that other children will, too. It is part of a series called "Fairy Animals of Misty Wood", which is a fantasy series set in a land where all the animals are fairies, and have shiny little wings. In this book, the reader meets Chloe, a fairy kitten. Like all fairy kittens, Chloe has the job of putting dewdrops on cobwebs by a certain time of the day, but she gets off to a rough start when she forgets her basket. Then, after finishing a section of cobweb, she notices that all her dewdrops are missing! She discovers a small mouse as the culprit, who took the drops because he was thirsty. At first Chloe is angry, but then she learns that the sad mouse is lost and looking for his parents. Chloe agrees to help the mouse along on his quest, even if it means traveling a to a few scary places.

The story is full of cuddly moments and adorable animals, and features a good lesson about helping others. My daughter loves it because it is about animals - no, fairy animals - and she can never get enough of that topic. The plot had just enough suspense to keep her attention engaged, but not enough to really put anything at risk. The result was that she was curious and excited to find out how everything would be resolved, while her mommy was secretly rolling her eyes at some of the trumped up problems that were rather inconsequential. Like a missing basket, or having to get the dewdrops done by a certain time of the day. Why? Because if she didn't then she was letting everyone down. I suppose this seems like a big deal for kids, but as an adult I can't help thinking there are a lot of ways around these particular dilemmas. My biggest issue, though, was the whole thing seemed silly and manufactured. Like the publisher knew that kids like animals and fairies, so it was a great idea to combine the two and generate a story that justified that. The writing is decent, but it feels generic, and the story most closely resembles those kids' television shows that aren't that great but succeed because they rely on elements that appeal to children, rather than good storytelling. Again, these concerns may bother me, but they don't affect my daughter, who will continue to choose books because they have cute animals on the cover, regardless of its content.
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