“Dust Fairy Tales: Absolutely Aggie” By Michelle R. Eastman. (Book Review) |

Aggie the Fairy is different; she is wild and carefree, sweet and kind, but untamed, certainly not dainty or shy like the other Fairy girls. The others point out all the ways Aggie the Fairy is different and will need to change in order to fit in with their group. Aggie tries to be someone different but it leaves her feeling outcasted and blue….that is until she soulfully plays her bagpipes for a rock group looking for a wild new member! “Dust Fairy Tales: Absolutely Aggie” explores, in a lighthearted way, about the concepts of fitting in, feeling comfortable in your own skin, about being joyful for all the things that separate you from the rest of the pack, and of course being accepted and finding those who will appreciate you for who you are! The verses are rhyming and fast and the illustrations by Kevin Richter (www.kevtoon.com) are mystical in an old-school way, which sets it apart from so many other books these days. Each fairy has a lot of visual personality. It actually reminds me of “Ferngully: The Last Rainforest”, a movie from my childhood (circa 1992) (– and this is a compliment- that movie was a huge hit back in the day with a great cast and soundtrack; IMDB it!).

There are other books in the series by Michelle Eastman, which touts itself as “children’s books with a positive message”, and they truly are. Michelle is out to spread literacy amongst children with the initiative Picture Book Pass It On (www.facebook.com/PBPiO), which gives free books to children in need. In fact, this Christmas season Michelle has donated $1 from each book sold to Operation Christmas Child. You can check out all her books at www.facebook.com/michelleeastmanbooks