Reader Reviewed The First, Third Wish by Ian Beck

The First, Third Wish

Written by Ian Beck
Illustrated by Ian Beck
Part of the Little Gems Series

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Interest Age 5-8 A generous helping of fairy dust fuels this delightful adventure with wonderful illustrations by the author. Cobweb is a very new fairy and she makes a complete mess up of her very first job! Tasked with delivering three wishes to the woodcutter she does fine with the first two but manages to lose the third! Now there is some powerful magic running riot. Will Cobweb ever be able to get the magic back on track?

About the Little Gems series: Little Gems are in a gorgeous new chunky format, with high-spec production including coloured endpapers and jacketed flaps with activities. Additional features include high quality cream paper, Barrington Stoke font and illustrations on every page. They are perfect for 5-8's. These quality stories promote good reading practice for all newly independent readers.

Particularly suitable for 5-8s with reading age of 6+


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The First, Third Wish by Ian Beck

A charming fairytale. When a newly - qualified fairy loses the third wish of three she must deliver to a woodcutter, young Dickon finds it. There is no limit to the number of times a lost wish may be used, and soon there are sparkly cats and magic lemonade bottles all over the place! Can fairy Cobweb find the wish and put a stop to Dickon's magic? A joyous and whimsical read by a much - loved author and illustrator.

The Little Gems series are in a gorgeous chunky format, with lots of extras including glow-in-the-dark ink, die-cutting, spot the difference pages and jacket flaps with activities. Additional features include high quality cream paper, Barrington Stoke font and illustrations on every page, making them also accessible to those with dyslexia.

For 5–8s, these quality stories promote good reading practice for all newly independent readers.


Here is a review written by Hannah Minton, age 7.

The first third wish is a book for new readers. The book was a great and exciting adventure of a fairy called Cobweb's first school mission. With fairy dust everywhere and Dickon making loads of wishes will Cobweb put thing right without upsetting anything else. I recommend the book because of its amazing adventurous plot. I loved how the different worlds combined.

About the Author

Ian Beck

Ian Beck was born in Hove on the Sussex coast in 1947. At the age of thirteen, after seeing an exhibition of drawings for the Radio Times, he was fired with enthusiasm about illustration and began attending Saturday painting classes at the nearby Brighton College of Art.

Ian has worked in many fields of illustration. He's been involved in the record industry, and painted the cover of one of the most popular records of all time: Elton John's 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road'. One of Ian's titles, Lost in Snow, was made into an animated film for TV and his books have now sold a million copies worldwide.

Q & A with Ian Beck

1. When did you first start to write stories or draw?

2. In general, where do your ideas come from?

3. What made you write this book?

4. What have you enjoyed most about working on this book?

5. What is your earliest memory?

6. What did you enjoy most at school?

7. Of all the places you have lived, where have you felt most at home and why?

8. Is there a particular holiday destination that you have visited that you would love to return to?

9. Is there anything you’d like to tell us about your pets, past or present?

10. What would you say is your greatest talent?

11. What new skill – it can be anything at all – would you love to learn?

12. What is the most unusual job you have done?

13. What is your most treasured possession?

14. Is there a particular book, author, or film that had a great impact on you in your childhood?

15. What are your hobbies?

Listening to film music and going to the cinema as often as possible.

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96 pages


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Publication date

15th September 2013




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