Publication Date: May 2014
Publisher: InterPress, Ltd.
Genre: Young Adult, Thriller
Pages: 52ISBN: 9780983531111
Piccadilly and the Fairy Polka is a life-affirming and fanciful fairy tale about a spunky little girl enchanted with the coming of summer. On a very special sunny afternoon Piccadilly is convinced that she has uncovered a magical and most delightful secret. Readers are invited to join the fun, celebrate the whimsy, and decide for themselves. What is real? What is fantasy? And ultimately, how much does it matter?
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Lisa Anne Novelline is a former mathematics teacher and problem-solving coach. She has written several children’s books including Piccadilly and the Fairy Polka and is currently working on a novel for young adults as well as authoring the blog HolidayAndHearth.com dedicated to helping families and friends rekindle or deepen their personal and collective connections to the seasons of nature. All of her projects are inspired by her profound commitment to the cultivation of critical-thinking and creativity.
She holds a Master of Education degree in Teaching and Curriculum from Harvard University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Northeastern University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Lesley University.
She is a mother of four and lives with her family in Massachusetts.
About the Cover Designer / Art Director:
Ryan Jude Novelline is a Boston-based contemporary artist whose experience includes: Diane Von Furstenberg, GAP, Harvard University, & Walt Disney Imagineering. He has shown work in Boston, Providence, and New York, and has has been featured both domestically and internationally by the Huffington Post, New York Magazine, Hewlett Packard, Yahoo News, Asian Geographic, and a host of others. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design. RyanJudeNovelline.com
About the Illustrator:
Phillip Light is currently a Color Stylist at Dreamworks Animation Television and formerly a Freelance Character Designer at Walt Disney Television Animation. His celebrated art has already been featured digitally on blogs and sites across the web and in print in Taman Ria Disney Magazine (Malaysia, June 2012). He is an alumnus of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. PhillipLight.blogspot.com
"Each dew droplet captures a sun twinkle, which triggers a golden spark, which activates a speck of summer delight...which inspires the glow of the fairies!"
-Lisa Anne Novelline, Piccadilly and the Fairy Polka
I've been following Lisa Anne's Facebook page for a while now, and I'm convinced that it's one of the most magical places on the internet. Aside from having similar names, we share a fascination and love for nature's beauty. As I kept seeing posts for this lovely little gem, I knew I had to review it. I contacted Lisa Anne and asked, almost begged, for a copy...the packaging was the most magical packaging I've ever received:
Needless to say, I was very excited for this book, and it did not disappoint.
Piccadilly and the Fairy Polka is a dazzling little number that will awaken the inner depths of your childhood imagination. Piccadilly comes from a loving family that let's her fascinations soar. On the summer solstice, she is awoken to quite the epiphany...fairies like cake! So what does she want to do? Make cupcakes for the fairies that are supposedly dancing around in her backyard. However, did she really encounter a little winged creature preparing for a party, or was it all just a dream? That's up for the reader to decide.
This is an enchanting story that will warm your heart and make you want to join the fairy polka, too. One of my favorite features is that it allows for varying interpretations and themes. Provided by Ms. Novelline's husband, here are some possible themes that can be found in Piccadilly and the Fairy Polka:
1) Loving family relationship that does not try to stifle Piccadilly's imagination
2) It inspires love of nature and finding joy in its beauty
3) It triggers an appreciation and insight for the way children think...even though sometimes their behavior is erratic, it makes sense in their little minds
4) It is possible that Piccadilly imagined the whole thing for various reasons
5) But then again...maybe she didn't
The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. You can see the movement of the story flow through the swirling colors. The magic dances right off the page and surrounds you in its beauty. It will definitely capture your child's eye and allow them to exercise their visual skills. This is a great book for identifying colors and story, as well as picking out different shapes. It can be educational on several different levels!
Lastly, the binding for this book is also very lovely, as you can see described below:
Piccadilly and the Fairy Polka is a charming tale, and I hope we get to see more adventures with Piccadilly and the fairies! I think this would make a great childrens series, like the beloved Pinkalicious! and Fancy Nancy books. I would love to see a series like that, but focuses on more fairytale-type themes such as this. Until then, one can dream that more fairies will meet her in the garden!