Reader Reviewed Nixie the Bad, Bad Fairy by Cas Lester

Nixie the Bad, Bad Fairy

Written by Cas Lester
Illustrated by Ali Pye

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The Lovereading4Kids comment

Mischief and magic make an excellent combination in this lively new series. Nixie is not a typical fairy – she’s generally grubby, finds it hard to do what she’s told, and somehow seems to attract trouble. Many young readers will recognise a kindred spirit! In book one, the fairies are getting ready for the annual Blossom Ball and Nixie is inadvertently causing mayhem as usual. Magic flies, tempers fray, and Nixie drops from the sky to crash land on goody-goody Adorabella not once but twice. Nicely told and with illustrations that match the bouncy text young readers will relish this helping of fairy fun. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Caitlin Hill, age 7 - 'Very funny book that made me giggle a lot. Nixie is the coolest fairy ever, although I would not like to have her wand.'
  • Rachel Zinkin, age 8 - 'I liked the pictures because they give lots of detail.'
  • Darcey Mcilroy, age 7 - 'I really like Nixie because she gets into lots of trouble which makes me laugh. I loved this book.'
  • Erica Motoc, age 9 - 'The book is a hilarious laugh out loud book and I think it is the 3rd best book in the world.'
  • Iulia Motoc, age 7 - 'an amazing book...My favourite character is Nixie because she is naughty like me.'


Nixie the Bad, Bad Fairy by Cas Lester

Nixie the bad, bad fairy isn't really that bad least, she doesn't think she is. But sometimes she has to be a teeny-tiny bit bad because that goody, goody fairy, Adorabella, is just too ...well ...just too GOOD. Fairy dust and magic are fine, but when your wand's as mischievous as you are, sometimes you have to rely on your own genius inventions to get you out of trouble!


'I think everybody should read this book because it's really funny' * Reviewed by 7 year-old reader for Kid Around magazine * 'This book is full of fun.' * National Geographic Kids * 'Full of fun and magical mischief' * Armadillo Magazine * 'This is a super book in an exciting new series.' * Ed on the Web * 'Cas Lester's authorial voice is distinctively confident, her use of language playful and vivid and her scruffy madcap creation both endearing and authentic' * Helen Mulley, Teach Primary * '[Cas Lester's] star-dusted new series featuring adorable Nixie certainly packs a dramatic punch with its vivacious, visual antics' * Lancashire Evening Post *'

About the Author

Cas Lester

Cas spent many years having a fabulous time, and a great deal of fun, working in children's television drama with CBBC. She developed and executive produced lots of programmes including Jackanory, Muddle Earth, The Magician of Samarkand, Big Kids and The Story of Tracy Beaker. Her programmes have been nominated for numerous awards, including BAFTAS, Royal Television Awards and Broadcast Children's Awards. Now she's having a fabulous time, and a great deal of fun, writing books for children, helping out in a primary school library and mucking about with her family. She has four children, three chickens and a daft dog called Bramble. She would absolutely love to go into space. But not on The Toxic Spew.

A Q&A with Cas

What inspires your writing? Children – they’re the 8th wonder of the world, and the greatest invention both before and since sliced bread.

How did you first become an author? I gave up making children’s television programmes and desperately needed to make something else up for children.

What are you reading right now? Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages by Tom Holt – hilarious and very clever.

What was your earliest career aspiration? Watching a BBC adaptation of a children’s book and thinking: That’s what I want to do - I want to make something magical for children.

What advice would you give to budding writers? Stop mucking about and get on with it!

What was your favourite childhood book? WINNIE THE POOH.

Where is your favourite place to write? Next to Bramble, my Springer Spaniel.

How do you read- print, digitally or both? Both.

Who do you most admire? People who chase their dreams.

Are there any books you wish you had written? Honestly? The list is endless!

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Book Info


128 pages


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Oxford University Press

Publication date

7th May 2015




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