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Diary of a Fairy Godmother

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  688 Ratings  ·  111 Reviews
Hunky Dory is at the top of her class in charm school. She can make flowers wilt like wet spaghetti. She can make thunder rumble like a whale's bellyache. And she can turn any prince into a frog-but she always changes them back. That's when she knows there'll be a problem
Paperback, 176 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Disney-Hyperion (first published January 1st 2005)
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Mar 23, 2009 Amanda rated it liked it
Recommended to Amanda by: Christina gave it to me for my birthday in 2006
Cute is the most fitting word I can think of. This book is just plain cute. Annoyingly cute at times. But also touching in its cuteness.

Make your own life, people. It's better than wishing for it.
Dec 20, 2009 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids who love fairy tales
This book is soooo cute! It's about a young witch who is floating the idea of becoming a fairy godmother but her mom is really angry because, hey, she's supposed to be a witch! I love that Esme Raji Codell references a lot of of fairy tales like Cinderella, Rumplestilskin, Little Red Riding Hood, etc. If you've read/heard all those then you'd totally get a kick out of this novel. (I just wonder how many of today's kids have actually heard/been told those stories.) PLUS, there are songs in the bo ...more
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Mar 25, 2011 Taylor rated it it was ok
Shelves: funny, magic, paranormal
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Mar 08, 2008 Jordan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves fantasies
Recommended to Jordan by: My librarian
This book is so much fun to read! It's about a ypung witch who wants to become a fairy godmother. But along the way, you notice that Hunky Dory meets some famous Disney characters you all know and love.
The Book Sale Scrounger
When I picked this up at a library book sale for ten cents, my expectations were low. I mean, look at the cover. It couldn't be more obvious that it's trying to appeal to a younger crowd. But I bit my tongue; after all, there's a certain kind of magic to be found in children's books. They're among the first thing a soon-to-be avid reader comes into contact with. There's a reason why kids read books like "Diary of a Fairy Godmother" that are supposed to kindle a love for the English language and ...more
The following is a booktalk I prepared for this book. It includes several quotes from the book that I believe would work very well to lure in some reluctant readers.

Diary of a Fairy Godmother
By: Esmé Raji Codell
Illustrated by: Drazen Kozjan
Hyperion, 2005
Grades 4-5, Ages 9-12


I have not been alive very long, but I already have met a lot of nincompoops, and they come in all shapes and sizes and are hard to recognize by just looking; usually you have to talk with one for a while before you
Patricia - Lady with Books
Mar 02, 2012 Patricia - Lady with Books rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: someone with a sweet tooth
I adore books that take classic fairy tales and turn them on their heads and Diary of a Fairy Godmother is certainly twisted enough. This book was a cute, quick read and perfect for a lazy afternoon and to ease me back into reading. The word games took a little bit of getting used to. Everything bad is good in Hunky’s world and being a little wicked is the whole point of the story. The characters and character names are amusing. There are names like Frantic Search and Velvet Underground and all ...more
Lars Guthrie
Feb 09, 2008 Lars Guthrie rated it it was amazing
If you haven't read any of Ms. Codell, you really ought to. Besides this one, I've read the fantastic "Sahara Special" and "Viva La Paris" (if only I could find a kid who went for one of day). Like those, "Godmother" contains humor, pathos and a clever plot line. Unlike those, it plays on, and into, a number of well-known and not-so-well-known fairy tales. The "Sleeping Beauty" reference reminded me of a similarly irreverent usage of that tale in Linda Medley's delightful graphic ...more
Miss Ryoko
Feb 01, 2015 Miss Ryoko rated it liked it
This was a cute book. I liked the storyline, and the writing was good! However, there was one thing that bothered me... okay well, actually two things.

The first thing was the style the story was written in - it's called Diary of a Fairy Godmother and we're led to believe that it's Hunky's diary, however for the first half of the book, it is written for eloquently as if it was a normal novel, not the writings of a teenagers diary. But then about halfway through the story, when Hunky (view spoiler
Lacey Louwagie
Dec 01, 2007 Lacey Louwagie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who's ever been closeted
The back of this book made it sound like it was going to be a retelling of Cinderella, which was why it interested me. Cinderella actually ended up having a rather small and unimpressive role near the end. This book relies quite a bit on being cutesy and clever as the author tries to address fairy tales in a hip way (example: Little Red Riding Hood swaps her cloak for a denim jacket). Esme inverts what we consider "good" or "bad" behavior in order to create the world that her main characters, ...more
“Keep a diary and one day it will keep you.” – Mae West Hunky

Dory has a problem. Her kind celebrates badness and frowns on do-gooding. After all, the world is already good! Being good smacks of non-originality and lack of creativity. Only a true genius can bring mischief into the dull pink lives of heroes, fairy godmothers, goody-goody princesses and all those insufferable kindly types. But Hunky’s talents may lie elsewhere and she risks censure or worse if her classmates and mother find out he
Oh that Hunky Dory, she could have been the 'wickedest witch wherever the four winds blow', but all she really wants is to be the best fairy godmother ever. Her mother is so disappointed and her friends are snickering behind her back. But when Lemon Droppings (former fairy godmother) and Hunky Dory (former wicked witch) swap places, so to speak, the magical, mystical, good vs. evil world goes topsy turvy. There's a twist on just about every fairy tale, Cinderella, Rumplestiltskin, Hansel and ...more
Dawn Draper
Nov 04, 2009 Dawn Draper rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
I listened to this book on CD. It was very cute. Honky Dory is a witch that doesn't have the money to attend Hogwarts. She and her classmates have quirky names and are in school to learn how to be witches that aren't exactly nice. Honky Dory runs into a fairy godmother at the christening of "sleeping beauty" and through much resistance on her own part decides that her destiny is to be a fairy godmother herself. This book is filled with twists and turns through Hogwarts terminology and fairy ...more
Jun 30, 2013 Vanessa rated it really liked it
This book was really cute. A little girl witch decides that she's really supposed to be a fairy godmother. *Gasp!* This is a big deal and she's banished from her coven. She eventually finds herself and everything works out well in the end. I enjoyed the backwards world that the author built in this book. The only thing I didn't like is that each chapter was headed with a funny name for a moon phase (like Chocolate Moon, waning gibbous (or something like that)), and I never figured out if there ...more
Mar 08, 2009 Lara rated it liked it
I always try to read whatever Bria wants to read if I am not familiar with it.

This was a great book...very clever take on fairy tales and witches and fairy godmothers. I loved the way she intertwined the fairy tales we all know and love into Hunky Dory's Diary.

I also really liked the little life lessons that are interspersed throughout the book. Sometimes they are from the spell book that Hunky has to memorize for school, and other times she just runs into them through her experiences.

Fun little
Jul 17, 2014 Genee121 rated it really liked it
Hunky Dory has been voted the Most Likely to Be the Wickedest Witch in Miss Harbinger's Charm School for Young Witches. And the competition is extremely stiff. There’s Acid Reflux, Belladonna, and Sinus Infection. Hunky Dory has all the potential of being a promising young witch, and yet, she doesn’t want to truly be a witch. No, Hunky Dory wants to be a fairy godmother. What will her family say about Hunk’s dream of being a fairy godmother? She has no idea of what it takes to be a fairy ...more
Sunnyvale Librarian
Hunky Dory has been voted the Most Likely to Be the Wickedest Witch in Miss Harbinger's Charm School for Young Witches. And the competition is stiff--Acid Reflux, Belladonna, Sinus Infection--Hunky Dory is a promising young witch! But Hunky Dory doesn't actually WANT to be a witch--she wants to be (gasp!) a fairy godmother! What will her family - say? She doesn't really know how to be a fairy godmother, either. Meanwhile, she's jealous of her friend Rumplestiltskin's crush on that girl who's ...more
Apr 28, 2008 Venusgaby rated it really liked it
Dang, I lost this book when we were moving. I want it back! Anyways, this book is about a young witch, the best in her school, but she's attracted by the ways of Fairy Godmothers. Basically she switches lives with a Fairy Godmother (slowly turning witch) she met at a party with her aunt. Like this author's past book, it's basically a girl learning how to get along with her mom through her own life experiences. It's a really cool book.
Tamara the Librarian
Expected better-- story felt very disjointed. Clever ideas that didn't tie together well. Hunky Dory is a witch that discovers she wants to grant wishes instead of curses. Many famous characters-- Cinderella, Rumplestiltskin, Sleeping Beauty, and more- turn up in this story but it felt contrived. Kids might not pick up on the poor writing-- and may really enjoy the characters. Some good messages from Be One with the Wand.
Aug 22, 2016 Mazuvi rated it liked it
This book was interesting because of its mix of fairytales tale. I liked this book, but unfortunately I don't love it. It could be that I was a little old for this book or also I wanted something more that a children's book didn't have. I honestly like it but kids would like it a lot more than I did.
Hunky Dory is a very talented witch. She is graduating and needs to pick her profession. She comes across the dreaded "FG" or fairy godmother. As much as she tries to resist it, she loves granting wishes, and to her mother's disaproval, becomes a fairy godmother. Incorporates many nursery and fairy tales.
Oct 04, 2008 Aria rated it liked it
this book was way good it was funny in a grown up/kid sort of way. it was about people who expect you to be something rely special cuz you are like rely smart but then you let them down and become something that they hate. this story was soo good i would read it over and over again and most people should know how the main character feels
Mar 10, 2016 Nana rated it liked it
Hunky Dory is a witch, who is the best in her class in Charm School, she can turn flowers into spaghetti, and princes into frogs--but she always turns them back. Hunky
Dory realizes this as a problem, and decides to be a fairy godmother for a while--but it doesn't turn out the way she thought it would...

This is a very humorous book--one I hope to read again.
Feb 18, 2009 Kristi rated it liked it
I really like this author. This book was pretty clever, but it wasn't neccessarily one of my favorites. It wasn't a very good read aloud book for 6th graders. The girls loved it, but the boys only tolerated it because they had to. It was very modern and incorporated most fairy tales well into the story.
Feb 22, 2008 Karen rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Sarah
I think this is a great book, but I wouldn't call it one of my favorite books. I think it's clever how the author wrote things oppositefor witches. Like, hitting your aunt on the head with a broom would be considered a kind gesture in the witch world. It has a fun twist of different fairy tales, which makes it an interesting read.
Dec 20, 2007 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like fairy tales, witches, fairy godmothers
Shelves: children
Hunky Dory, a teen-aged witch, is being raised to be a very wicked witch. The trouble is, she likes granting people's fondest wish much better than putting curses on them. The story of how Hunky Dory changes from witch to fairy godmother involves characters from well-loved fairy tales and has lots of humor in it.
Oct 04, 2008 Brigid rated it really liked it
This book was like the princess diaries, fantasy but with a silly twist of reality. I found it hard to put down and finished it in a day. It was also about learning to stand on your own. And do what you believe in rather than doing what your family wants you to. If they truly love you they will (eventually) support you in anything you attempted.
Mar 10, 2008 Grace rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: NO ONE!!!
Recommended to Grace by: the dumb barnes and noble sign saying best kid fairy tale
this book was HORRIBLE!!! i hated i couldnt even finish it!! i would not suggest this book to anyone! there was no story line no problem and toatally unrealistic no like even fairy tales would say that this book is unrealistic!! im serious IT IS ONE OF THE MOST HORIBLE BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ IN MY HOLE LIFE!!!!!!!!
Apr 03, 2011 Cynthia rated it liked it
This is a nice book if ur in2 the whole Happy ever after thing. Hunky Dory was @ the top of her class , but when she gets kicked out of school and home she deicides 2 become a Fairy Godmother, but she must help out a princess b4 she can become an FG. Can Hunky do all tht and find a way to talk to her mother again?
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Esme Raji Codell is the recipient of a prestigious James Patterson Pageturner Award for spreading the excitement of books in an effective and original way. She has been a keynote speaker for the International Reading Association and the American Library Association, a “virtual” keynote for the National Education Association’s “Stay Afloat!” online conference for first-year teachers, and a featured ...more
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