Reviews for Very Fairy Princess Follows Her Heart

Booklist Reviews 2013 January #1
With sequins, crystals, ribbons, and glitter galore, of course Valentine's Day is a fairy princess' favorite day. Exuberant Gerry prepares customized, handmade cards for her family and classmates--even Connor who likes bugs and pulls her hair--and places them in one of her father's folders to keep them safe. Too busy rounding up all of her heart-shaped accessories and best tiara and wings, she accidentally grabs the wrong folder and discovers at the class party that she has brought her dad's work papers. She is sure that her day is ruined. Mustering all her composure, because that's what fairy princesses do, Gerry gives her friends different and even better valentines: one by one she tells her classmates what she loves best about each--even Connor. The writing is conversational and giddy, and Davenier's wispy, energetic illustrations continue to make this character shine. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall
In this go-around, Gerry the self-described fairy princess (the illustrations attest otherwise) throws herself into creating homemade valentines for her classmates but realizes at school that she forgot to bring them. Although the authors produce a satisfying solution, they borrow too heavily from Fancy Nancy, right down to Gerry's effervescent voice. The pages swarm with hearts, emotion, and WORDS IN CAPITAL LETTERS.

Kirkus Reviews 2012 November #1
Gerry, full of her characteristic pluck and sparkle, returns in this fourth installment of the best-selling Very Fairy Princess series. Feb. 14 is approaching, and Gerry literally throws herself into a joyous crafting frenzy as she works to make the very best valentines for her family, friends and even Connor, although he pulls her hair in class. Mommy helpfully gives Gerry one of Daddy's folders to keep her creations safe. When the big day arrives, Gerry and her family enjoy heart-shaped pancakes and share valentines. Then she dresses in her very best tiara and wings for the big party at school. In all the excitement, she nearly misses her bus and almost forgets her valentines but grabs the folder just in time. It is the wrong folder, however. Without her valentines to distribute, all seems ruined…until a few encouraging words from her teacher and a sudden wonderful idea produce some pleasantly surprising results: Connor is not so bad after all, and it is great to actually tell someone face to face what you most appreciate about them. Andrews and Hamilton's text successfully captures the enthusiastic urgency of their impish protagonist. What truly impresses is Davenier's ink-and–colored-pencil artwork that vividly portrays Gerry's every emotion, whether she is over-the-top happy or utterly disappointed. Three cheers for this princess whose magic comes from her confidence and determination rather than gauzy wings or shiny baubles. (Picture book. 3-6) Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2012 December #2

For a sparkle-loving fairy princess like Andrews and Hamilton's Gerry, it's no surprise that Valentine's Day is an extra-special occasion. Tiara, wings, and "all my heart-shaped accessories" are needed for her school party. However, in her haste to catch the bus, Gerry leaves with her father's work folder instead of the one containing her valentines--a disappointment, yes ("Fairy princesses must maintain their composure, especially in public"), but one that turns into an improvisational opportunity. Fans of Gerry's earlier books should find the heroine as vivacious as ever. Davenier blends carefree color swirls and accents with precise pencil lines, keeping the story from feeling cookie-cutter. Ages 3-6. (Jan.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2013 January

PreS-K--Gerry is all about celebrating Valentine's Day. It's one of her favorite days, and she prepares and prepares for it. She makes valentines for everybody in her family and all of her classmates. When the big day finally arrives, her parents help her celebrate with pancakes, complete with fairy dust, a tiara, and wings. She arrives at school looking forward to the class party, but then realizes that she left her valentines at home. What could be a huge disaster turns into a unique opportunity for Gerry to show her friends just how much they mean to her by acting out her valentines for them, telling them why they are special. It turns out to be a great day for everyone. The authors weave in everyday issues that children face, such as acceptance. The ink-and-pencil illustrations are bright, sparkly, and filled with emotion. When Gerry realizes that her valentines are still at home, the look of sadness on her face is devastating down to her pouty lip. This engaging story is short enough for group sharing and has a solid but subtle message.--Lora Van Marel, Orland Park Public Library, IL

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