Caarina the Cooking Fairy by Julia Dweck (Author) & Gemini (Illustrator)

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Publication Date: December 1, 2012

JD_Caarina_Cooking_FairyCaarina is making a fabulous fairy feast but there’s a mischievous gremlin in her kitchen and things keep going wrong!  Will Caarina give up or will she find a way to beat the gremlin?





Caarina the Cooking Fairy is the second picture book reviewed by Rabid Readers Too.

Caarina the Cooking Fairy is a funny and sweet read. Beautifully drawn and cleverly rhymed, Caarina is enchanting and her spirit indomitable. The 10-year-old and I read the story together and enjoyed the buoyancy of Caarina’s spirit and the message that when things go bad giving up is not the answer. We find a way to overcome.

My daughter gave the impression of being adult and analytical about the book but I found her, not long after we finished reading, reading it over again. I pretended to believe that she was reading it over for a second analysis but know that the story line and adorable pictures pulled her girly little heart back for a second look. Any child can find an example in their own life where they can use or have used Caarina’s can-do attitude. My daughter drew a parallel to her own activities and how defeating the “Mohawk” helped her move on to the Intermediate level in figure skating.

Caarina the Cooking Fairy is an enchanting read and would make an excellent gift for small children or, as we head into the holiday season, early education teachers.

Check out further reviews of Julia Dweck’s books My Dog’s Got Fleas, Brianna the Ballet Fairy and Cat or Dog for President.

For more information about Julia Dweck and her work, visit her website. You can connect with her on Goodreads, Facebook and Twitter @juleloves2write.