Never Girls #1: In a Blink by Kiki Thorpe; illustrations by RH Disney ( book website )
Publication Date: January 8, 2013
Publisher: Random House Kids
Target audience: 6 + up
Keywords: Fairy tales, Tinkerbell, Pixie Hollow
Format read: ARC from NetGalley! (Thanks!)
Summary: One minute Kate, Mia, Lainey, and Gabby are playing soccer and the next they are swept away to Pixie Hollow, home of Tinker Bell, Prilla, and Queen Clarion.
It’s been awhile since I read a kid’s chapter book, and what better than to tap into my love of all things Disney and fantastical? The Never Girls are three best friends with the addition of Mia’s little sister, Gabby, who are magically transported to the land of many talented fairies on an ordinary afternoon.
It’s sweet, cute, and a quick read and will certainly be enjoyable for the new reader or even to take along and read to the little fairies in your life. I was both delighted and surprised by some of the humor — humans are called Clumsies and the various fairy rules, talents (like a harvest talent?) and creative way of saying things by shunning some human language (they don’t use the words “cute” and “sorry”).
Don’t think this pixie dust-filled day is without some shake up. One of the girls (unknowingly) teams up with Vidia, the “fast flying” fairy who is kind of a trickster, and a little more adventure is added into the mix. While it’s sometimes a little hard to tell the girls apart (although one of them does wear glasses!), I’m hoping that will be cleared up as the series continues. (My gosh, Thorpe certainly got Tink’s pouty personality down though!)
In a Blink definitely made me smile, and I know I would have loved this series when I was a youngster! (Now I’m even more inclined to see the first Pixie Hollow movie! Did you know Mae Whitman from Parenthood is the voice of Tink?)