Tatty Moon must rid Little Upham of magpies, rampaging Gnomes, and the Queen’s mad nephew. Not easy when you’re only three-and-a-bit inches tall! Will anybody help? …Perhaps.
A children’s fantasy story aimed at Middle Grade (9 years and upward) readers.
What I have to say about The Magpie King:
This is one of the sweetest books I’ve read in a long time. It’s charming and innocent, with a well-drawn cast of characters of fairies, elves, humans and animals. This book has exactly the type of adventure and heroes a good children’s book needs, and none of the moralizing, patronizing talk you’d find in a bad one. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a message, only that the message is woven into the story instead of being rammed down your throat.
I particularly liked the animals, who, after constant exposure to fairy magic, are slowly starting to talk. M.J. Fahy does a great job of giving each animal its own credible speech pattern. When the cows are talking, you can still hear the moo underneath the human sounds, the rats still screech and hiss, and so on.