My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison is the seventh of the fifteen Florida Sunshine Book I’ve read this summer.
Finding your one true love can be a Grimm experience! After her boyfriend dumps her for her older sister, sophomore Savannah Delano wishes she could find a true prince to take her to the prom. Enter Chrissy (Chrysanthemum) Everstar: Savannah’s gum-chewing, cell phone–carrying, high heel-wearing Fair Godmother. Showing why she’s only Fair—because she’s not a very good fairy student—Chrissy mistakenly sends Savannah back in time to the Middle Ages, first as Cinderella, then as Snow White. Finally she sends Tristan, a boy in Savannah’s class, back instead to turn him into her prom-worthy prince. When Savannah returns to the Middle Ages to save Tristan, they must team up to defeat a troll, a dragon, and the mysterious and undeniably sexy Black Knight.
When I first saw the 2012-2013 Sunshine State list, I could tell automatically by the cover that its my type of book! The title and cover just scream “FAIRY TALE!” which you know I love (!) I know you can’t judge a book by its cover, but I do and I don’t care! Isn’t it (the cover) adorable!?
So yea, I completely, 100% love fairy tales re-tellings and mash-ups. There is just something so fun about hearing a story you’ve heard since childhood be told in a different way. My Fair Godmother has smatterings of Cinderella, Snow White and other fairy tales mixed all up into one giant fun story!
At first I actually liked Jane best, but soon I came to love her sister Savannah even more. This surprised me at first because Jane is so bookish and focused on school, which was totally me in high school, so I had a hard time when Savannah actually turns out to be the main character. But in the end, like I said, I came to love Savannah and she makes a likable, if not flawed, main character.
Savannah’s fairy, I mean fair, godmother is hilariously bad at what she does. I love the idea of a fairy godmother who is more concerned with shopping and socializing than her actual magical work. Chrysanthemum Everstar adds a very Legally Blonde-like atmosphere to the story which is just adorable.
So, all in all My Fair Godmother is an incredibly enjoyable trip down fairy tale lane that I know my students will enjoy and you will too if you’re a fairy tale fan. Also, I’m going to have to get my grubby little fairy-tale-loving fingers on the sequel, My Unfair Godmother!
Author: Janette Rallison
Publisher: Walker Childrens (December 22, 2009)
Length: 320 pages
Series: First in a series
Buy the Book: My Fair Godmother