The Moose Fairy
by Steve Smallman
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 20 Jul 2021 | Archive Date 19 Aug 2021
Moose has always wanted to be a fairy...
He joins The Secret Fairy Club, but when he arrives he realizes that everyone else is… little! Moose completes all the club tasks, but the members say he just doesn't fit in. But will they change their mind after Moose saves them from a nasty Fox?
A funny and touching picture book, with a positive message about being kind and accepting those who are different from ourselves. Includes discussion points for parents and teachers to build understanding and enjoyment of the story and the morals behind it.
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Average rating from 36 members
Moose really wants to be a fairy. He sees a flyer for the Secret Fairy Club, all welcome. He can't wait to join. So he finds his fairy costume and heads to the meeting. When he arrives he discovers everyone is little. But he takes the fairy pledge anyway. "Fairies are kind to all creatures, Fairies are not mean or bitter. Fairies help others in trouble or need. And make pretty picture with glitter." Then all the other little fairies head into the clubhouse in the tree. But Moose was too big!. Little Mouse was mean to Moose and told him he didn't fit in. So Moose leaves. He heads to the river to try and shrink himself. He runs into Mr Fox at the river and tells him his problem. Next thing we know Fox is trying to crash the Fairy party. But Moose to the rescue. He saves all his little friends even though they were mean to him. He says it is because he took the Fairy pledge. Then everyone lived happily ever after. Beautiful illustrations really add to the story.
My grandson is 6 and he picked this book out to read as the front cover caught his attention. He read this himself and said to me "nannie I really enjoyed that it made me laugh and made me cry, but most of all made me happy". After his "expert opinion" I read it. The story is a cute story with morals behind it. Everyone fits in despite of how they look! It's a lovely well written book with lovely illustrations. A great book for early readers aged 4-7
Magical, filled with glitter and tutus, and wonderful forest creates. Moose is just an absolute sweetheart. There really is no better fairy than moose. Although he wasn't welcome in the beginning, and was considered the odd one in the secret fairy club, in the end, moose saved the day and showed that he doesn't just fit in...he is meant to be one of them! I can't wait to have kids in my classes read this one. It gave me great ideas for crafts too!
A sweet story about an improbable moose who wants to join the woodland animals and their fairy club. He joins in their fun, glitter is involved, and takes the fairy pledge to be kind to all creatures. But he can’t fit into their tiny magic club house in the tree and one of the creatures tells him he just doesn’t fit in. He sadly slinks away, what to do, how to fit in? Sweet ending.
What a lovely children's story about kindness and helping make sure that everyone is able to fit into the group. Moose wants nothing more than to be a fairy and join the secret fairy club but his immense size makes it impossible to fir I to the secret tree house location. However, when trouble lurks for his fairy friends, Fairy Moose charges to their rescue. Such a heartwarming story and there are lots of amazing pictures of fairy costumes, wands and of course the all-important glitter pictures. My daughter adores the Fairy Oath so we have taken to repeating it often. Thank you to the publishers and Steve Smallman #TheMooseFairy #SteveSmallman #NetGalley
I’m always looking for books for my son and nieces that have a fun story but also an important message. This one is perfect for kids - amazing art work, teaches kids about inclusivity and being nice to others even when maybe they aren’t the nicest to you. Highly recommend this for your next story time!
A funny twist on a story about fitting in. Moose wants to be a fairy, but he isn't tiny like all the other fairy creatures. But sometimes being different can still help you belong. What a fun tale!
This is a really cute book with a good message! Moose wanted to be in a secret fairy club and was worried about fitting in since all if the other members were small. This book teaches about kindness for others that are different, with a little glitter for fun. My kids loved this book including the illustrations. Who wouldn't like a story with a moose in a tutu. A solid 5 stars from my little readers/reviewers! Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing a digital copy in exchange for my honest review.
A big thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group/Frances Lincoln Children's Books/Happy Yak for the ARC. I am voluntarily reviewing this book. This is a children's book. I adored the graphics in this book. I enjoyed the idea of a very large moose being a beautiful fairy. I liked that it shows that you can be different and yet still fit in. Be open to everyone, and they may surprise you. 5 stars Lovely book
Moose has always wanted to be a fairy, and when he comes across a flyer for The Secret Fairy Club, he is very excited. He tries on all manner of potential fairy outfits until he has the perfect one. He then shows up at the specified time and place, only to find out that no one else is big like him. That doesn’t stop his desire to follow his dreams, though. Despite not being completely accepted at first, Moose comes through in the end, saving the other animal fairies and showing what it means to truly be a fairy. Steve Smallman’s The Moose Fairy was a hit at our house, with a nice blend of hope, silliness, a tiny bit of scariness, and a fabulous message. I love that Moose, who has he/him pronouns, chooses to dress in a pink tutu and wings. He proudly wears them while pursuing his dream.
This is a adorable book for children! It’s a great to teach kids not to be mean to anyone. But also to never be bitter and not help when someone needs it!
Kids today are really lucky to have so many delightful reading options available to them. This book is no exception. Moose joins a secret fairy club but discovers that the rest of the members are much smaller in size. Can he fit in, or will his size get in the way of being a true fairy? The story is absolutely heart-warming. Children will love how Moose does his best to fit in, but soon learns that he just needs to be himself. The other little animals will also provide a lesson on how to accept others for their nature than their appearance. The author himself is the illustrator of this book, and that seems to create a magical impact. Such beautiful illustrations! They are vibrant and charming and sometimes even quirky. This will serve wonderfully as a read-aloud to early readers as there are ample opportunities for parents/guardians to act out the story. On an aside, I loved the author’s dedication to his grandchildren at the start of the book: “Be brave, be yourselves, and try to be the best “you” you can be!” What a fabulous bit of advice from a grandpa to his grandkids! Thank you, NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group, for the ARC of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Such a cute, sweet book with a lovely overall message. Moose wants to be part of the fairy club, but, despite his enthusiasm and talent, he's too big to fit in and some other club members are unkind because of it. On the one hand, the leader of the fairy club is inclusive and looks out for moose, true to the club's motto. On the other hand, though the members do realize they were unkind to moose and feel bad about it before they are put in peril, the conflict isn't really resolved until moose "saves the day", thus veering a bit close to the "Rudolph" trope where the excluded person has to prove their worth before they can be appreciated. That said, the ending is sweet and affirming. The illustrations are lively and adorable and really add to the fun of the story. I also really, really liked that moose is identified as male and absolutely nothing is made out of the fact that he wants to dress up as a fairy, join the fairy club, and make glitter pictures. I am glad my students will get to see that as part of the story. Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review!
What a great book about gender stereotyping without being directly about gender stereotyping! Moose is a happy young boy moose who wants to be a fairy. The only problem is that all the other members of the Secret Fairy Club are little! In the end, ‘he doesn’t just fit in, he belongs!’ I love that this book takes things usually just for girls - fairies, tutus, the color pink, glitter - and doesn’t have an issue with Moose being a boy. Instead, it finds a different way to say it isn’t ‘normal’ - he is too big, until he is able to save the little animals. Beautiful art, fun characters, and sentences easy to handle for children, this book is a great fit for all and will definitely be taken off of the bookshelf again and again.
I received an advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers. The Moose Fairy is a delightful book about inclusion. Moose has always wanted to be a fairy so when he sees a poster advertising a meeting to join a secret fairy club, he jumps at the chance to join. Dressed and ready Moose goes to the meeting but finds he is the tallest there. One of the other animals rudely points this out and Moose leaves even though he passed all the tests and really wanted to join. Moose ends up saving the other animals and all ends happy. This book is a great book to help teach children about many things - gender equality, body differences and how they are all unique, inclusion and diversity.
Moose is a happy young boy moose who wants to be a fairy. The only problem is that all the other members of the Secret Fairy Club are little! In the end, ‘he doesn’t just fit in, he belongs!’ I love that this book takes things usually just for girls - fairies, tutus, the color pink, glitter - and doesn’t have an issue with Moose being a boy. Instead, it finds a different way to say it isn’t ‘normal’ - he is too big, until he is able to save the little animals. Beautiful art, fun characters, and sentences easy to handle for children, this book is a great fit for all and will definitely be taken off of the bookshelf again and again. *Thanks NetGalley, Quarto Publishing Group, and Happy Yak for a copy of this ebook!*
Thanks to the publishers for sharing this one. I love the illustrations. My full review appears on Weekend Notes.
Cute story with a good message. It is a little wordy for little ones but they will enjoy the fairies and the glitter.
My daughters loved this book, as they adore fairies and all things pink! The story and pictures were delightful and the message very strong and import for little ones to learn. My girls have this book on repeat at bedtime lately and I'm considering buying them a copy to keep. Totally recommended! (Thanks to NetGalley for this ebook in exchange for an honest review.)
The Moose Fairy is a delightful book with wonderful illustrations about a moose who wants to join a secret fairy club. He finds the perfect outfit and is accepted into the club, but he's too large to actually enter their clubhouse! He feels dejected, but ends up helping save his new fairy friends and is fully embrace by them. The plot definitely reminded me of Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. It's an adorable book about being yourself, but I don't think anyone should have to prove themselves in order to be valued. I think children will really enjoy the beautiful illustrations and sometimes silly story. Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for providing this ARC.
4.5 Stars Have you heard of a moose fairy? If not, this book is a lovely way to find out more about the secret fairy club and a moose who is also a fairy. The book is about a moose who joins the secret fairy club with tiny animals as members. The moose passes the fairy tests, but a mouse is rude to him and says he doesn’t fit in with them. However, when the moose saves the mice and squirrels from the fox, they understand that he is the best of them all. The illustrations are lively and beautiful. The message about fitting in and belonging is put across so the young readers/ listeners will understand. The book will be perfect for bedtime reading as well as in schools. Thank you, NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group, for the ARC.
Moose is excited as he joins The Secret Fairy Club. He chooses his costume carefully from his dress-up box and feels fabulous and confident. Upon his arrival Moose quickly discovers that everyone in attendance is ... small! Undaunted he presses forward and successfully completes all the tests presented that qualify him to become a bona fide member. The others around him tell him that he doesn't fit in, rude comments, that deflate Moose's morale and makes him feel very sad and an outcast indeed. How can a HUGE moose convince his small Fairy peers that he is worthy of being one of them and bring value to their club? A nasty hungry Fox enters the story and everyone at the Fairy Club changes their minds about moose when he saves the day and becomes their superhero. The illustrations are magnificent! They are colourful, expressive, funny, and enrich the text perfectly. The message of the book is positive and encourages kindness, acceptance and friendships. The book's author has included discussion points that will be beneficial to parents and teachers to help build a deeper understanding of the story and the morals behind it. I highly, highly recommend this book.
I love Fairies and I love Moose. I love children's books with a message and wonderful happy colors. There is no getting around the fact that this book needed 5 stars. :)
This delightful book is perfect for adults to read to children (or children to read to dogs) and for ESL to polish their English and enjoy the fun illustrations. Moose wants to become a fairy and passes all of the tests, but he is laughed at by the others because he is just so big. He is sad, but then someone tries to hurt the other pretend fairies and he wins the day. So he learns forgiveness and the others learn acceptance. I requested and received a free temporary ebook copy from Quarto Publishing Group – Frances Lincoln Children's Books and Happy Yak via NetGalley. Thank you!
What a wonderful tale about accepting others, no matter how they may be packaged. The small animals didn’t accept moose because he was different and “didn’t fit in”. Yet moose was the one who followed the words in the pledge. A good way for children to experience what it means to honor the words you speak; to be a person who lives by your words. The artwork is delightful showcasing the animal characters well. This book will be one that will be cherished for years. I received an advanced reader copy for free from NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving my review.
OMG! Moose and Fairies! This is definitely the book for me and 5 stars! Such a wonderful book about Moose who wants to join The Secret Fairy Club. He passes all the tests and becomes a member but because of his size some members don't think he belongs until the Fox comes to visit. I highly recommend this book! Great for kids of all ages. Bright and Colorful illustrations! Thanks to #netgalley for the advanced reader copy. I loved it.
This is such a beautiful children’s book, it teaches about acceptance being part of a group even though you’re different and about standing up for those in need even if they’re mean. So lovely to install into children. It’s very well written, I enjoyed the story and thought moose was a brave character. We love illustrations, very cute and whimsical cute
The Moose Fairy is a sweet story about a Moose that wants to join a secret fairy club and fit in all all the small critters. It hits the themes of inclusiveness, manipulation and looking out for one another. Some great lessons for kids tied up in a cute narrative.
My granddaughter wants to be a fairy, so she really wanted me to read her this book. It was cute and met her expectations. Of course she thought the other animals were mean telling moose he couldn't be a fairy, but was happy that he got his wish eventually. She loved his costume and how hard he tried to follow the fairy pledge. She was worried, happy, angry and sad at different times in this book, which to me means it was a story that made her feel something. The illustrations were wonderful showing action and emotion. A definite winner for us. This would be a great story for pre-school and primary classrooms about being kind to others and how to be a friend. One I know we will read again.
I love the silly image of a moose as a fairy, as well as the underlying messages of acceptance. Not only does the story show why we shouldn't reject others or make them feel uncomfortable, it also illustrates how spaces can exclude our friends in ways we might not have considered. The book's formatting and typography are particularly engaging and the illustrations are beautifully colorful. This is a book that will capture young children's imagination and make them think in an age-appropriate way about inclusion and kindness.
Moose desperately wants to join the Secret Fairy Club, and so do I. (They had me at Free fairy cakes!) He passes all the tests with rainbow colors, but there's a big problem . . . Moose. Turns out, he's too big to fit through the door of the clubhouse. Will this be the end of Moose's fairy dreams, or will he find a way to fit in? A very sweet and glittery story, with terrific pictures by the author. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for making this one free upon request. It's adorable.
Moose is a happy young boy moose who wants to be a fairy. The only problem is that all the other members of the Secret Fairy Club are little! In the end, ‘he doesn’t just fit in, he belongs!’ I love that this book takes things usually just for girls - fairies, tutus, the color pink, glitter - and doesn’t have an issue with Moose being a boy. Instead, it finds a different way to say it isn’t ‘normal’ - he is too big, until he is able to save the little animals. Beautiful art, fun characters, and sentences easy to handle for children, this book is a great fit for all and will definitely be taken off of the bookshelf again and again.