Review: Verity Fairy: Snow White

Title: Verity Fairy: Snow White
Author: Caroline Wakeman
Genre: Children’s, Fantasy
Publisher: DK Publishing
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: June 29, 2021
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

This sweet early chapter book provides a brand new perspective on the classic fairy tale Snow White. 

This delightful book with beautiful, illustrated characters is a magical retelling of the classic Snow White fairy tale with a twist.

In this captivating interpretation of a classic fairy tale, children can rediscover the much-loved story of Snow White while exploring the kingdom of the fairies–a place where all of the classic fairy tales coexist and intertwine. In this retelling of Snow White, youngsters can follow Verity and her fairy friends in the Fairy-tale Kingdom and see how they help good prevail over evil, making sure everyone lives happily ever after. Verity means truth, and that is exactly what she does: she tells the truth, ALL the time, and it often gets her into a lot of trouble! It’s a spellbinding behind-the-scenes look at the battle between Snow White and her evil stepmother, with an extra sprinkling of fairy dust. Gorgeous characters, simple text, and a splash of humor make Verity Fairy: The Real Story of Snow White a captivating book to share. A perfect gift for every young child to enjoy, it will spark curiosity and imagination, while gently encouraging conversation around the difference between right and wrong.

Review:

The fairy named Verity is sent into the fairytale Snow White to be the voice of her stepmother’s mirror. Verity must make sure that Snow White stays alive. However, Verity can only tell the truth, so when she’s asked who is the loveliest of them all, she answers Snow White. This makes the Wicked Queen want to kill Snow White, so Verity had to work to counteract the Wicked Queen’s attack on Snow White.

This story was a fun twist on the fairytale of Snow White. The character of the Queen’s talking mirror isn’t prominent in most adaptations. Since Verity was inside the mirror, and she could only speak the truth, she couldn’t lie to the Queen about who was the loveliest. The only potential problem with this narrative in a children’s book, is that Verity causes problems when she tells the truth. The purpose isn’t to teach kids not to tell the truth, though the truth got Verity into trouble.

I liked that some words were defined at the bottom of the pages. Words that may be new to young readers had definitions. I loved books with those kinds of learning moments when I was a kid because then I could learn words without having to stop reading and look in a dictionary. This was a great addition to this book.

Verity Fairy: Snow White is a fun children’s fairytale retelling!

Thank you DK Publishing for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

Verity Fairy: Sleeping Beauty by Caroline Wakeman

Hope the Happiness Fairy by Daisy Meadows

Other books in the series:

  • Verity Fairy: Sleeping Beauty

Have you read Verity Fairy: Snow White? What did you think of it?

Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

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