RAINBOW MAGIC: THE FAIRIES SERIES
By Daisy Meadows, Illustrated by Georgie Ripper
Published by: Scholastic Paperbacks; Reprint edition (June 25, 2013)
Available in: paperback, library binding, Kindle, NOOK
At the time of this review there were more than 100 books in the Rainbow Magic series and special editions.
The Rainbow Magic series of chapter books are a sweet confection that cater to the young girl who is a voracious reader. There’s glitter and magic and escapism. It’s all a sweet and light adventure.
This mammoth series (more than 100 books) comes with certain comforts, such as Kirsty and Rachel, young girls who are the guides into each tale. Similar to the Magic Tree House series, each book carries a thread of magic forward from previous books, although one can jump in anywhere and not be lost. Each book offers and delivers the same thing: a map to start, a poem, the two main girls, a dependable fairy to appear at just the right time, magic that transforms the girls into fairy size with wings, and a puzzle to help solve. Within the overall framework are specific types of fairies and their stories, such as Ocean Fairies, Pet Fairies, Fashion Fairies, Jewel Fairies and more.
Much like the Bailey School Kids books, this series is not intended to be great literature. This is most definitely about quantity of books rather than quality; about a concept that a big publisher found works and pushes to the extreme; and about giving girly-girls A LOT to read. Those kids who look for more than cotton candy in their reading material won’t be die-hard fans. But for those who can never get enough to read, this is equivalent to a never-ending lollipop of girlish froth.
And, much like the nostalgic series Nancy Drew, the Rainbow Magic series are written by a team of authors who work under the pseudonym of Daisy Meadows (but you knew that wasn’t a real name–right?). Four authors identified as the writers are Narinder Dhami, Sue Bentley, Linda Chapman and Sue Mongredien.
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