If you were to ask my girls what they loved to do more than anything in the world, they would tell you, without a moments hesitation, dressing up and reading. If they’re not dancing round the house in Princess dresses, rocking their Halloween costumes in mid July, or designing outfits out of tissue paper and sellotape, then you will find then curled up with a book, gazing at the illustrations, sounding out each word, and losing themselves in a world of imagination. And according to my Mum, I was exactly the same at the same age!
So when we were kindly sent the magical new story Molly’s Magic Wardrobe: Search for the Fairy Star, by Adam and Charlotte Guillain, the girls were over the moon!
With a gorgeous, bright and colourful cover, the girls couldn’t wait to read the story and, even better, when they opened the cover they were delighted to discover their very own magic wand and fairy wings! Megan’s eyes practically popped out of her head as she screeched, “A real life magic fairy wand!!!!”.
The book tells the story of Molly, a young girl who discovers an enchanted dressing-up wardrobe full of costumes in her Granny’s house. Molly puts on the fairy costume and golden fairy wings and suddenly finds herself whisked off to Fairyland!!
There she meets Fairy Flo who has lost the magic star from her wand and needs Molly to help her find it. On their search for the star they come across a unicorn, a big grey wolf, a witch and a giant. Megan is incredibly sensitive when it comes to any stereotypical “scary characters” in books, and yet our favourite thing about this story was that the characters were all friendly!
All of the characters are brought to life by the beautiful artwork from Garry Parsons, which didn’t go un-noticed by the girls. “The pictures are so pretty!” Megan told me, “I love the pink pages!!”.
At the end of the book Molly of course finds Fairy Flo’s star, returns home and closes the wardrobe until her next adventure. The girls were so excited looking at the picture of the other costumes in the wardrobe and imagining where Molly will travel to next! “I think she will be a mermaid!” Megan whispered, “Or maybe she will go to the moon!” Eva said.
I love a book that not only captures my children’s attention, but really gets their imaginations working. Long after we had finished reading the book the girls were still playing at their own version of Molly’s Magic Wardrobe, choosing outfits from their own wardrobes and travelling to make believe lands. I think that’s always the sign of a good book, and I know that Molly is going to be a character that my children enjoy reading about, and re-enacting, for a long time to come!
Molly’s Magic Wardrobe is available here from Amazon priced at just £6.99.
** We were sent this book for the purpose of this review. All words and opinions are our own unless otherwise stated **