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Basil the Bear Cub

Written by Janey Louise Jones

Illustrated by Jennie Poh

Part of the Superfairies: Superfairies Series

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LoveReading View on Basil the Bear Cub

Superfairies is a sweet new series about four little fairies, in which the emphasis is very much on kindness and helping others. In this springtime story the fairies are working together to clean their home inside the cherry blossom tree, when they get a call that one of their animal friends needs help.  They climb into the fairycopter and fly to the rescue as always.  Little Basil the bear cub has got into trouble in the river and things are scary until the fairies manage to help him out.  With just the right amount of risk and reassurance, and a gentle message about the danger of playing near water, this will charm young readers. ~ Andrea Reece

A Piece of Passion from the Publishers, Curious Fox  

Growing up, I remember being enchanted by Cicely Mary Barker’s Flower Fairies (as was author Janey Louise Jones). I also had a wonderful illustrated book about the tooth fairy that included, most importantly, instructions on how to ensure my tooth was not missed in exchange for some pocket money. So when Curious Fox was introduced to Rose, Berry, Silk and Star, we knew we wanted to bring the Superfairies to the next generation of girls (and boys!) growing up with fairy friends.
The Superfairies live in a cherry blossom tree in Peaseblossom Woods, alongside their animal chums. A celebration for the changing seasons and the beauty of nature is always round the corner, and with summer fairs, petal parades and winter feasts, their active social lives alone could keep their calendar full all year round.

But nature also brings challenges. When the Autumn Queen flies over Peaseblossom Woods ushering in a storm, the animals’ habitats are in danger. The fairies are torn: how can they protect their friends and still respect Mother Nature?
There are plenty of times, however, that the animals need no help at all to get themselves in sticky situations. Wonder, curiosity and refusing to back down from dares are the prime culprits in keeping the Superfairies on red alert.

They are what I like to think of as ‘thoroughly modern’ fairies. Nature and technology harmoniously mix to aid animal rescues. When the Superfairies hear the bells ring, they check the Strawberry computer to see who’s in trouble and where. Then it’s straight into the fairycopter (because obviously they would get tired out flying long distances with just their wings), check key items like healing honey and the warming feather cloak are in the rescue pack, then it’s up and away to the rescue!

Each fairy has a special power: Berry uses her super eyesight to scout for missing animals and Silk spins super strong webs to make ladders or catch falling friends. When they work together, they can solve any problem. This happy union is echoed by the author and illustrator, who are partners in crime and friends in real life. Following the success of her best-selling series Princess Poppy, Janey Louise Jones knew she wanted illustrator Jennie Poh’s super drawing skill to bring her fairies to life, and each spread features Jennie’s gorgeous colour artwork.

Join the Superfairies on their rescues with books 1 to 4 available now, and books 5 and 6 publishing in August this year.

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Basil the Bear Cub Synopsis

No, Basil, don't play near the river on your own! Superfairies Rose, Silk, Berry and Star rush to help a bear cub in danger.

These chapter books are great for encouraging newly independent readers to read alone. Each page has bright and attractive illustrations and the stories are fun and exciting. Janey Louise Jones is the creator the popular Princess Poppy series.

Janey Louise Jones, renowned for her multi-million selling Princess Poppy series, says: “Cute stories for girls must offer more than sugar and fairy dust these days, and in Superfairies I wanted to create modern, can-do characters that girls can aspire to emulate.”

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ISBN: 9781782023449
Publication date: 28/01/2016
Publisher: Curious Fox
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781782023449
Publication date: 28th January 2016
Author: Janey Louise Jones
Illustrator: Jennie Poh
Publisher: Curious Fox
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 56 pages
Suitable for: 5+ readers, 7+ readers
Genres: Fantasy / Magical
Recommendations: Reluctant Readers, eBooks

About Janey Louise Jones

Janey Jones is a full-time writer and mother of three. She was born in Edinburgh but grew up by the seaside just outside the city.She read English at Edinburgh University specializing in the Victorian novel. Following this she became a teacher - a career that she absolutely adored - and then, with her husband, set up The Jelly Club, which has become an extremely successful chain of children's activity centres in Scotland.Her childhood dream of writing about her alter ego, Princess Poppy, was realised through self-publishing in 2005. The hugely popular Princess Poppy series has sold over three million ...

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