The Truth Pixie by Matt Haig #BookReview

About this book…

From number one bestselling author Matt Haig comes a hilarious and heartwarming story, brilliantly illustrated throughout by Chris Mould

Wherever she is, whatever the day,

She only has one kind of thing to say.

Just as cats go miaow and cows go moo,

The Truth Pixie can only say things that are true.

A very funny and lovable tale of how one special pixie learned to love herself. The Truth Pixie is an enchanting, rhyming story that will delight younger readers – with words by the bestselling mastermind Matt Haig and pictures by the inky genius Chris Mould.

My thoughts…

I saw this book on Amazon whilst desperately trying to find other books that a 7 year old reluctant reader would enjoy. With it being written by Matt Haig I knew I would probably be onto a winner here but even I was surprised at what an amazing job he has done in getting his message across within such a compact story. And the recipient of this book absolutely loved the truthful little Pixie and her sidekick.

The Truth Pixie has to always tell the truth but unfortunately it gets her into some sticky situations until one day she meets someone who needs her honesty more than she ever thought possible. And with that the Truth Pixie also learns to accept herself for who she is.

I wish this book had been around when I was a child. It has such a positive message entwined within it’s beautifully crafted rhyming verses and stunningly stylish illustrations. It reinforces the need for children to understand that sometimes they may go through some sad times but that it’s okay to feel this way and that it won’t last forever. Finding the right friendships to survive those dark days is important as is finding “your tribe” but most of all there is the message that accepting yourself “warts and all” is a step we all need to take.

I would say that every reader will get something different from the narrative. It’s a lovely bedtime story from age 4 upwards and ideal for self reading from more confident readers. The Truth Pixie seems to appeal to not only to children with its humour but the underlying message is quite subtle so I think it will appeal to a wide audience especially as every adult who has seen our copy just had to pick it up and read it themselves! The first time I read this with a 7 year old, I read it aloud to them and struggled with my emotions towards the end when my reading aloud voice suddenly became a little “croaky”!

A lovely book that would make a beautiful gift.

Meet the author and illustrator…

As well as being a number one bestselling writer for adults, Matt Haig has won the Blue Peter Book Award, the Smarties Book Prize and been shortlisted three times for the Carnegie Medal for his stories for children and young adults.

Chris Mould went to art school at the age of sixteen. He has won the Nottingham Children’s Book Award and been commended by the Sheffield Children’s Book Award. He loves his work and likes to write and draw the kind of books that he would have liked to have had on his shelf as a boy. He is married with two children and lives in Yorkshire.


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