On a night when Fairy Nuff is left home alone, he decides to light a candle. First, he pours gasoline on the candle to be sure the wick lights, then uses the label from a container of gun powder to light the candle. KABOOM! Fairy Nuff has burned down the cottage and the blast has attracted the attention of mean Widow Buhiss and her Henchman Orc (who keeps man-eating plants). The Widow is after Fairy Nuff and some giant ants are after them all, and as if that weren't enough, poor Fairy must rescue Queen Elizabeth who has been kidnapped by Ms. Buhiss. With cleverness and a little luck, Fairy saves himself and the Queen in a most entertaining way!
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Herbie Brennan lives in County Carlow in Ireland. He is the author of many very successful books for adults and children. He has pursued his interest in psychology and hypnosis since the age of nine when he actually hypnotized a school friend! Herbie continues to study, write, and speak on mythic themes and enjoys creating technologically advanced novelty products such as games, computer software and CD-ROMs.
Ross Collins is well known for his funky books. What If? was a Young Hoosier State Award nominee, and was named a "Blue Ribbon Book of 1999" by the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books. Ross enjoys swinging precariously backwards on chairs and running with scissors. He currently lives in Scotland.
Grade 2-4-When young Fairy Nuff's family abandons him, he burns down the cottage on his very first night alone. The flaming roof and one live grenade explode into the sky, fly through the air, and land on the doghouse of the pit bull belonging to Widow Buhiss, a rich, vile old lady. Much havoc ensues as the waif rescues the Queen of England from the widow's woodshed; in the end, he is not only a knight, but also wealthy. This British import is an off-the-wall farce with silliness and puns galore. Kids will relish the broad humor and witty language, but the characters will really win them over. Inept Fairy Nuff, ogrelike groundskeeper Orc, tantrum-prone Widow Buhiss, the jowly Queen of England, and the commanding Queen of the Ants are all perfectly captured by the expressive and funny black-and-white illustrations. A good choice for fans of Roddy Doyle's The Giggler Treatment (2000) and Dav Pilkey's "Captain Underpants" series (both Scholastic).
Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
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Book Description Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 1582347700