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What would happen to a new night fairy whose wings were accidentally chewed off by a sleepy hungry new bat? Flory, acorn-size, with a single small sting spell, finds the world very big and dangerous. Depicted in the lush back garden of an old giantess, garbed in delicate softly tinted petal gowns, she fiercely practices her sting, swings a thorn dagger, bribes always hungr ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 117 pages
Published February 23rd 2010 by Candlewick
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Miranda Reads
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
One Flightless Fairy + One Slightly Stupid Squirrel + One Hotheaded Hummingbird = The Ultimate Storybook
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The Night Fairy and Skuggle the Squirrel.
First off, I LOVE the illustrations! I'm a sucker for the realistic fantasy images in children's books and these are extremely well-done. The artist gives such emotion and whimsy to this book.

Second off, the plot was really cute. The Night Fairy loses her wings due to a freak accident with a bat. She lands in the back garden of a human with n
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Betsy
Jan 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Why do children, most notably little girls, like fairies? I think we can understand the princess allure. Princesses get to wear frilly clothes, sparkles, and absolutely everyone has to obey them. So why are fairies also popular? Laura Amy Schlitz has a theory. Princesses wear corsets. Fairies don’t. Princesses have responsibilities. Fairies don’t. Princesses spend a lot of time inside castles. Fairies spend a lot of time outdoors. If the romance of the princess is that you get to be above the ro ...more
Miriam
Jun 10, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: younger
I got this primarily for Barrett's illustrations, which turned out to be not numerous. They were pretty but a little too cute for my taste. Little girls who gravitate to the word "fairy" will probably appreciate them more.

The story of the injured little fairy growing up in a garden was... okay. I felt a little bored, to be honest, but I didn't hate it, either. Ditto the protagonist Flory and her dumb squirrel ally. Schlitz seemed to be trying to have her animals both ways -- nature red in tooth
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Karen Arendt
Jun 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I didn't think I was going to like it because the narrator sounded so little girl-ish. But, after a little bit, I got into the story. What a cute one! I can easily see second or third grade girls enjoying this one!
Marjorie Ingall
Aug 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Both my girls are out of the fairy years, thank GOD. Freakin' wings and gossamer gaaaaah. This book did not give me flashbacks. It's beautiful and lyrical and really does look like a classic (it's like a super-girly Bat Poet, if Randall Jarrell were prone to glimmering and running around on tiptoe). I love the book's small size and sumptuous illustrations, and Schlitz is just killer with the prettiness-of-nature (and scariness-of-nature) descriptions. Parents who have not yet escaped the fairy y ...more
Tara
Aug 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
By a Newbery Medal Winner, this is a wonderful fairy tale, literally, that melds classic poetic prose with a contemporary slant. Flory, the main character, is a Night Fairy whose wings become damaged, so she is forced to rely on others. A good little moral about reliance and dominance with a strong female role makes this a wonderful book for kids who love fairies or fantasy. (As an adult, I enjoyed the story's imaginative details as well.) I picked this up at a library sale because of the gorgeo ...more
Cheryl
Oct 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Very pretty. Compact book design, with bright heavy pages and rich resonant pictures. Not sure about the story - seems too reminiscent of so many older stories that I loved but that have gone out of print. I suppose if I were seven or so right now I'd love this to pieces... but maybe only because I wouldn't know better? Or maybe it is really good?
Josiah
May 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
The lives of fairies never cease to fascinate people; therefore, neither does the continual stream of literature about fairies ever cease to flow. These tales are often retellings of legends about famous characters such as Thumbelina, but The Night Fairy is a totally new and original story about a miniature fairy world and its distinctive place in our earth.

On her own at an early age (as is usually the case for fairies), Flory suffers an injury one night at the overeager hands of a hungry youn
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Jennifer
Nov 30, 2010 rated it liked it
Flory is a night fairy whose wings are accidentally damaged by a bat. Now she must learn to live during the day and get along with the inhabitants of the "giant's" garden where she landed.

I first read this one as a ARC and didn't really care for it. However, on rereading the finished copy, I was struck by the simplicity and beauty of the language and the plot arc. It's a deceptively simple story, but one filled with conflict and change for the protagonist. Flory must adapt and grow, both physica
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melissa1lbr
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a fun, sweet and short book about a little fairy with some very bad luck. I love how it wasn’t what I’d typically call a fairy story, but showed how she was resourceful and adapted to her situation and troubles. Fun stuff!
Ann
This is a short tale about Flory, a young Night Fairy who loses her wings when a bat accidentally mistakes her for a moth. Because of this the fairy has to learn how to survive in a "giant's" (human's) garden by figuring out who she can trust and how. She must also perfect her "stinging" spell to defend herself from squirrels, racoons, and other creatures who might wish to make a meal of her.

Just when I started to get annoyed with Flory and her selfish attitude, it started to become apparent tha
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Zemkat
Jan 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
Sarah: Ow! It bit me!
Hoggle: What'd you expect fairies to do?
Sarah: I thought they did nice things, like... like granting wishes.
Hoggle: Shows what *you* know, don't it?
--Labyrinth (1986)


The Night Fairy is not a typical fairy story with princesses and wishes. Flory is a night fairy who, after being "attacked" by a bat, chooses to live as a day fairy. The story is a bit rambly in exploring the world and meeting new characters, which I expect is fine for a child audience, but was not all that i
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Alyssa
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a great read! Quinn, 6.5 years, really enjoyed the book and the many animals that the fairy encounters. The fairy, Flory, is young and learning as she grows and has many important experiences. There are experiences with learning to be a friend, not always getting what you want, learning to trust after your feelings (and your wings) have been hurt (accidentally eaten).

It is told in such an adventurous and non-condescending way that I felt like we were learning these things with her. Tryi
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Chicco Padovan
Jan 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Flory, la piccola fata notturna, è in un terribile guaio. Un pipistrello le ha strappato le ali e il buio è pieno di suoni spaventosi. Che fare? Potrebbe provare a diventare una fata diurna, ma anche il giorno non è privo di insidie e pericoli…
Breve incantevole fiaba, scritta benissimo. Tutto è relativo: un tranquillo giardino, visto attraverso gli occhi di una minuscola fata bambina, diventa un luogo selvaggio e meraviglioso, dove la sopravvivenza del più forte è a discapito del più debole. Nel
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Jenny
Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s-books
I think my kids liked this one a bit more than I did. The fairy is as my 8 yo said, "not very nice most of the time". I did like the resolution with the bat at the end, and appreciated that she does help the hummingbird...so I guess she did show some growth near the end. It is a short read but failed to really draw us in.
*Book Nerd*
Super cute book!
Short and has really cute pictures!
Monica Edinger
Nov 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
Charming! Perfect for her target audience.
Ariel
Nov 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya
Beautiful, lyrical and original. Thinking of little girls who will adore this and finding many.
Lisa  Reads
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Wonderful story. Beautiful illustrations.
An Odd1
Jul 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, fan
When bat Peregrine accidentally chews off her wings, night fairy Flory tries to manage during the day. her spells not yet grown, like "the little white teeth that sprout from a baby's gums" p19. Our real world can include believable magic, when the back yard of an old lady "giantess", who feeds birds and keeps goldfish in a fountain, includes a Niagara Falls souvenir wren house with a non-avian resident fairy. Brave, resourceful, rude, selfish, Flory copes admirably with mutilation, disability, ...more
Nicole
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 520fantasy-scifi
Flory is an acorn sized night fairy. One night she was mistaken for a bug by a bat and lost her wings. She decided to become a day fairy. After being attacked by a bat, Flory feels that she needs to defend herself and discovers a stinging spell. She uses this spell to train a squirrel named Skuggle. Flory rides the squirrel around the garden, or the "giants" yard, which is the setting for the story. She gets bored of not being able to fly, so she tries to tame a hummingbird, but it doesn't go as ...more
Samantha
Nov 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Night Fairy tells the story of Flory. Flory is a night fairy who loses her wings to a bat. She ends up living in the garden of a giantress where she makes new friends and hates bats.

Flory is a very strong and stubborn fairy. I really like her character. She is the exact portrait of how I first pictured fairies. Flory is also very resourceful. She does what she can with she has. Because of the loss of her wings, Flory has to change her entire lifestyle.

I find this story to be extremely char
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Margo Tanenbaum
May 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fairy, fantasy
A little gem of a book. I had heard excellent things about this one, and I wasn't disappointed. Librarian/author Laura Amy Schlitz has her pulse on what girl readers like--fairies with moxie. This heroine, Flory, is a night fairy who is injured at the beginning of the story and has no more wings, forcing her to live in a human's garden in a birdhouse and learn new ways to survive by befriending various gigantic animals in the garden. Hans Christian Anderson fans won't be able to help comparing t ...more
Janeen-san
Jul 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Kendall, Evelyn,
This book is an absolute gem, a thin but delicious read about a Night Fairy named Florry, who looses her wings. No longer able to roam the twilight skies, she takes refuge in a human garden, buzzing with many dangers such as bats, spiders and angry raccoons.
In the garden, however, she makes quite a life for herself, even though she is banned from the sky. Befriending a ravenous squirrel, a hummingbird, and a bat, she learns that appearance isn't everything, and what a real friendship is made ou
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GraceAnne
Dec 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
What I wrote when I read the galley:
Cannot wait to see the illustrations. Already one of my favorite books of next year, and it isn't even next year yet.

March 2010:
Finally, my own finished copy, given by a loved one. The illustrations are as beauteous as I had hoped, and the silvery blue endpapers are just the most luscious endpapers I have ever seen.
Reading a second time, I find it even more engaging, if that's possible. Schlitz is as mesmerizing a storyteller as I have ever read, and if you ev
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Edie
Mar 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I can't believe that I didn't add this to my list months ago. It is a perfect combination of pictures and text and the book-making makes it a really elegant package, for a very special fairy, created by a very special author. Laura's word choice is always "spot on", who else would put herself in the story and call her diminutive self a "giantess". Flory's innocence and ferocity are quite a combination for a young fairy thrust out into a dangerous but wonderful world with opportunities to fly on ...more
Beth G.
When Flory, a tiny Night Fairy no bigger than an acorn, is nearly eaten by a confused brown bat, she finds herself wingless and trapped in a garden. Spunky and determined, she makes a home in an empty birdhouse and tries to live as a Day Fairy. Her challenges and adventures are related in simple, flowing language matching the timeless fairy-tale feel of the story. The watercolor illustrations bring the scenes to vivid life.

Schlitz tells a lovely story with lessons about resiliency, friendship, a
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elissa
Apr 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommended to elissa by: Captiol Choices and other reviews
Beautiful and sweet. I wasn't expecting to like this nearly as much as I did, and I also wasn't expecting to gobble it all up in one sitting. Young readers looking for adventure will like seeing Flory riding a hummingbird, and hearing about her exploits with all sorts of animals, and young readers who are more "girly" will appreciate seeing all of her flower garments hanging up at the end, in the last illustration. Young fans of STELLALUNA will like the happy (this is slightly spolier-y) ending ...more
Kristina Jean Lareau
Dec 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: middle-grade
I was so disappointed in this story. I LOVED Schlitz's other work, namely Splendors and Glooms and A Drowned Maiden's Hair. I was expecting the same level of storytelling with this short tale. But no. I disliked the characters, the lack of plot and the protagonist.
Kelly
Mar 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
First of all, the artwork is beautiful. By far the most beautiful artwork I've seen in a young reader for a long time. And the story was quite wonderful too. This is the first fairy book I've read (and there are so many), so I don't have any to compare this too, but I can say that kids who love nature will love this book. There are many animals and insects in it, all of which can be found in most backyards (squirrel, bats, hummingbirds, just to name a few). This is the kind of book I would have ...more
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Laura Amy Schlitz is an American author of children's literature. She is a librarian and storyteller at The Park School in Brooklandville, Maryland.

She received the 2008 Newbery Medal for her children's book entitled Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village,[1] and the 2013 Newbery Honor for her children's book, Splendors and Glooms.[2] She also won the 2016 Scott O'Dell Award fo
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