Reviewed by Natalie Tsang for TeensReadToo.com
When I was little I loved being read to. I still remember the magic of going to the public library around Christmas time and listening to a man dressed up like a conductor read THE POLAR EXPRESS. But what I liked best was when my parents read to me. It didn't matter what: picture books, poetry, or novels.
FANTASY FAIR is the sort of book I would have liked my mom to read out loud - and I think she would have enjoyed reading it, too. Some of the words are meant to be read out loud, like the name of the Dragon in "How to Teach a Dragon to Fly." Can you say "Abgudabynnamassanoatiktikmasma-Toh" three times fast?
Barbara Dubrovin's short stories are perfect to read right before bed. You don't have to worry about getting stuck at a really exciting part and agonizing about it until the next day, because these stories are easily read in one go. But I have to warn you that it would be hard to just read one.
Some of my favorite stories were "Mac and My Trouble Tree" and "How High." "Mac and My Trouble Tree" is about a magical sprite and a boy named Mac, who needs to stop a Trouble Tree from exploding. "How High" is about a Balloon Plant that can help you fly. You'll have to read the book to find out what exactly a Trouble Tree is and how to work a Balloon Plant.
Like a real fair, there are a lot of fun and exciting stories. There should be something in here to please most young fantasy fans. There are stories with witches, unicorns, and space ships. Stories set right here, in magical lands, and alternate realities. There's even a guide in the back describing and naming the different kinds of fantasy. Here are just a few: Magical Realism (magic in the everyday), Science Fantasy (a blend of science fiction and fantasy), and High Fantasy (think knights, castles, and dragons).
And best of all, these stories won't give you nightmares. This book is horror-free!