The Fairy Force: Book Review and Giveaway

It's no secret that fairies are a big deal here at Where Wishes HQ. We have lots of fairy related adventures, celebrations and even have our very own house-fairy, Leaf. We adopted Leaf through The Irish Fairy Door Company and he's become an important part of our family since. He's never left out of any seasonal celebrations and gets lots of notes and treats left out for him. In return he often leaves little notes and treats, of his own, for Lile and Sábha. He also earns his keep by blowing away any bad dreams that might come to frighten them in the night.

I was thrilled when the Irish Fairy Door Company asked me to review their newest book - The Fairy Force - and knew the girls would love to get their hands on it and share their thoughts too. We really enjoyed their first book -The Fairy Who Saved Christmas - and had high hopes for this one.

The story focuses on a fairy called Henry who is struggling to keep his human friend Ben's bad dreams at bay. When he realises he is no longer able to help his beloved friend, he calls for help from the most qualified bad-dream-fighting fairies in all the world -

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These highly-trained fairies arrive and, using some special tools and a bit of magic, set about dispelling Ben's bad dreams for good. It turns out to be a bigger task than they thought but this exciting, fast-paced story emphasizes how asking for help is the best thing to do, and these elite fairies manage to help both fairy and human in the end.

Lile and Sábha really enjoyed the story and there were a few things which, having a house fairy of their own, they could really identify with. They loved that a boy-fairy featured as the main character, because our fairy is a boy too. Fairies are predominantly depicted as female, so it was fantastic to see a male in that lead-role. 

My girls had a stay-at-home-daddy for the first four years of their life and also have a male carer in preschool. They are used to seeing men in a caring role and I think this is hugely important in this day and age, when gender equality is still seen as something to aspire to. I was really delighted to have the message that boys can be tender, caring and even frightened, reinforced in a hugely entertaining way.

During my first reading of the story (we've read it several times since!) there were audible gasps at various points from the girls. It really is edge-of-your-seat stuff at some parts of the story, but in case that might put you off choosing it as a bedtime story, I can assure you that it finishes in a way that won't leave your child with Ben's bad dreams.

Lile and Sábha were also extremely excited to see that Ben, or rather Henry, had the exact same fairy door as our friend Leaf. 


This magical story has been written by Aoife Lawler and features hand painted illustrations by Finn Daly. There are 36 pages of pictures and text, with full colour illustrations throughout. It's a story to be enjoyed, by boys and girls, over and over again.

To buy your own copy, for just €7.95, you can click HERE or look out for it at your local book/toy shop. Be sure to follow The Irish Fairy Door Company on Facebook and Twitter too, for the latest news from The National Fairy Council.

The generous people at the Irish Fairy Door Company have also provided me with a copy of The Fairy Force to give away to one of my lovely readers - so please enter the competition, using the gadget below if you'd like to be in with a chance to win.

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Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of The Fairy Force for the purposes of review and another copy to give away. All opinions are my own (and my girls'!) and I was not paid to give them.


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