TITLE: DRAW THE MAGIC BLUE FAIRY
AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR: Rosa M. Curto
PUBLICATION INFO: Enslow Publishers, Inc., 2014
SOURCE: Publisher-provided copy
INTENDED AUDIENCE: preschool to adult (Yes, I joined the fun!)
SYNOPSIS: If you’ve ever wanted to create a fairy world, here’s your chance. This how-to book shows you how to draw fairies, forest creatures, food and more.
THEMES/TOPICS: how-to, drawing, fairies
WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: Curto boils down these designs to simple shapes like triangles, ovals, and circles, so even preschoolers can participate. She also relies more on step-by-step drawings than words. I drew the fairy below (colored by Finley), while Cooper drew the cake and fairy wand. Not too bad, eh?
Published by Kirsten W. Larson
Kirsten W. Larson used to work with rocket scientists at NASA. Now she writes books for curious kids. She’s the author of WOOD, WIRE, WINGS: Emma Lilian Todd Invents an Airplane, illustrated by Tracy Subisak (Calkins Creek, 2020), A TRUE WONDER: The Comic Book Her Who Changed Everything, illustrated by Katy Wu (Clarion, 2021); THE FIRE OF STARS: The Life and Brilliance of the Woman Who Discovered What Stars are Made of, illustrated by Katherine Roy (Chronicle, 2023), THIS IS HOW YOU KNOW, illustrated by Cornelia Li (Little, Brown, 2024) and THE LIGHT OF RESISTANCE, illustrated by Barbara McClintock (Roaring Brook, 2023) along with 25 other nonfiction books for kids. She's a geek, LEGO lover, and sock enthusiast. Find her at kirsten-w-larson.com or on Twitter/Instagram @KirstenWLarson.
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12 thoughts on “Book Review: Draw the Magic Blue Fairy”
Looks fun! How did you get your publisher’s copy ahead of time? Do you review for Enslow?
I do review for Enslow, and I did get an advance copy. They are one of my favorite educational publishers.
🙂 Reminds me of my daughter in 1st grade when “Rainbow Magic Fairy” series books were all the rage. I gave her a fairy stencil book kit that she adored!
We had some friends with girls over yesterday, and we got to play paper dolls. Fairies and paper dolls…what a weekend!
Sorry, Kirsten, but the cake takes the…cake!
It’s only because it’s a life-size picture. Hmmmm, I can taste it.
This looks fun! And if it’s designed so even preschoolers can participate, maybe I’d have a hope of actually drawing something recognizable! 🙂 I think I’ll have to give it a try!
If I can draw a fairy, you can draw a fairy. Honestly, though, one of my favorite books is “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.” Or was that the left side. 🙂
What a cute looking book. Love the drawing!
That drawing is about the best I’ve got.
Nice! 😀 I love books that show you how to draw!