The Blurb On The Back:
Wag your tail if you believe in fairies!
Oh no! Peggy the pug’s local park is shutting down! Now where will she go for walks with Chloe, her best friend? Chloe plans a summer fair with a cake sale to save the park, but Peggy has a better idea – she just needs to find a fairy to grant her friend’s wish!
You don’t always need wings and a wand to work some magic …
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The Review (Cut For Spoilers):
Peggy the pug and her best friend Chloe are very upset to learn that their local park is going to be closed and sold off to a supermarket. Chloe’s family join the protests to stop this from happening, but Peggy has a better idea – thanks to Chloe’s younger sister Ruby loosing one of her teeth, she has learned all about the tooth fairy and is sure that if she can just find a fairy, the fairy will grant her wish to save the park. All she has to do is work out how to find a fairy …
The 7th in Bella Swift’s (a pseudonym for a group of writers) illustrated series for readers aged 6+ is a genuinely fun affair that gets across how Peggy is very keen to help but doesn’t quite understand everything that is going on. I enjoyed her friendship with Chloe and especially her conversations with the other dogs and animals, which are well done while the illustrations have a warmth to them and get across the various personalities.
I hadn’t read the preceding books in this series but you don’t need to in order to follow this story as it’s self-contained and does not refer to them.
I enjoyed the depiction of Peggy’s human family, although it did take me a while to work out who was who and I initially thought that Peggy was Ruby’s friend rather than Chloe’s. In particular I liked the fact that they’re all quite socially conscious but not in-your-face about it, which I think makes the message more effective. The characterisation of Peggy also works very well – you get a good sense of her as a dog and I enjoyed her confusion about some aspects of human life and her conversations with other dogs and animals like Princess.
The save the park storyline is well handled and I enjoyed the way it merges in with Chloe and Finn’s favourite singer and how Peggy helps to make that happen. The song lyrics themselves were a bit ropey but younger readers will enjoy it.
The illustrations work well with the text, giving a warmth to the characters and adding dynamism and depth to the story. I particularly liked the way that Peggy comes across in the illustrations as you get a sense of her personality.
All in all, this was an enjoyable read and one I’m sure younger readers will find a lot of fun. I would check out the earlier books given how much I liked this one.