Title: Diary of a Fairy Godmother Author: Esmé Raji Codell Illustrator: Drazen Kozjan Publisher: New York; Hyperion Books for Children
Genre: Modern Fantasy Level: Intermediate Number of pages: 170 Pub. Date: 2005
Told from the point of view of young Hunky Dory’s diary, this story includes many famous fairy tales, Including: Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskin, Wishing Wells, the Wizard of Oz and many more. Hunky Dory is all set to be the wickedest witch in her grade. But then she is introduced to Fairy Godmothers and the idea of wishes. After struggling with inner conflict, Hunky decides to drop out of school and pursue a career as a fairy godmother. This enrages her mother and she is kicked out of her house. Hunky struggles to make a name for herself while also staying true to what she really wants. In the end Hunky helps Cinderella and becomes a full fledged Fairy Godmother while also making amends with her mother and other witch friends.
Critique (Include features of genre featured in class.)
This story is a Humorous Fantasy, the book is not very serious and have may comical moments. This book does a good job in making the reader believe that there is a world of magic with witches and fairy godmothers. Although this book is obviously fantasy, princes get turned into frogs for goodness sakes, there are some traits of realistic fiction. Hunky Dory is a very relatable character and she goes on a journey to find herself. I believe characteristics of becoming one’s own self, realistic fiction are very present in this story. Hunky challenges what is expected from her and ends up becoming something greater than she ever imagined.
This book was adorable. I really enjoyed how it gave a different viewpoint of classic fairy tales. I thought it was clever how the author wove in the fairy tales so that the story still worked if you had never read them. This made the book more universally entertaining. Also at the end of the book is a long list of fairy tales that focus on witches for further reading. This would allow students to pursue the topic further if it was of great interest to them.
During: Everyday students will be given 5-10 minutes to write a short diary entry about what happened in class that day.