by Liz Kessler
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
I mentioned Philippa before, when I first bought the book, and was happy to finally get to her. I originally learned of Philippa Fisher from one of my favorite third graders last year. I was worried that it would be too sparkly and girly for me, but aside from a few choice descriptions, it really wasn’t. It was more the story of a girl who gets three wishes and wants to change her dorky family and her popularity status, but along the way learns those oh-so-important lessons about friendship, bullying, popularity, dorkiness, and parental love. You might be able to guess what she does with that third wish, but it’s how she got there and what the fairy godsister had to do with it that got me. There is a sequel, Philippa Fisher and the Dream-Maker’s Daughter, but I’m skeptical based on how they set up the fairy godsister system in the first book – namely, that they have one limited-time assignment with a client and then must move on. I’m not sure I’ll read any more, but I really liked Philippa and Daisy’s (the fairy) relationship. I could see this being a great book for those who have outgrown the Rainbow Magic books and want something with a little more meat to it, but don’t want to leave fairies behind forever.