Paperback | Age 2+ | 36 pages | 250 x 250mm
Publication February 2022 | ISBN 9781802580440
Meet Rita. She’s a little girl with very big ideas. When she doesn’t feel like getting dressed in the morning, she dreams up a Fairy Godmother to help her out. Rita’s Fairy Godmother would only have to twirl her wand -swoosh! - and things would happen. But who knows what things...
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Books in the series:
Rita wants a Witch
- Rita wants a Robot
- Rita wants a Ninja
- Rita wants a Fairy Godmother
Rita wants a Dragon
- Rita wants a Genie
Máire Zepf has written 12 books for children, from picture books to a YA verse novel. Winner of the KPMG Children’s Book of the Year, the Réics Carl Award and a White Raven in 2020, her books appear in 8 languages worldwide. The Co. Down author was the first Children’s Writing Fellow for Northern Ireland and is Artistic Director for Quotidian.
Andrew Whitson is an award-winning artist and Belfast native who likes to be called Mr. Ando! He lives in an old house which is nestled discreetly on the side of a misty hill; at the edge of a magic wood, below an enchanted castle in the shadow of a giant’s nose. His house looks down over Belfast Harbour where the Titanic was built and up at the Belfast Cavehill.
'Perfect for fans of previous Rita stories, as well as for anyone with big ideas and imaginations.' It's All About Stories
'This is another brilliant story that takes a concept and gives the other perspective on it, just like with Rita wants a Ninja.' Sam Thomas, Book Bound
'All of the Rita books are beautifully, with a small amount of text, using just the right words to enchant the youngest readers. They express the day-to-day thoughts, feelings and dramas of every child and bring imagination and creativity to the fore as busy, bold, wonderful Rita explores her problem-solving ability with great aplomb...The illustrations are perfect with the story and are one of the best examples of what happens when an author and illustrator are working with one mind. Brightly coloured, full of movement and clear, expressive details, they give us an amusing and insightful look into the mind, imagination and emotions of the child.' Mary Esther Judy, Fallen Star Stories
'Like their previous books in the series Máire Zepf and Mr Ando’s godmother episode will be enjoyed by preschool children and I suspect adult sharers will have a good giggle over the two final spreads of Rita in action.' Jill Bennett, Red Reading Hub
'This is a lovely little story and left us wanting to read more of the series' Books Up North
'Another lovely book in the Rita series' Strawberry Book Post
'Rita wants a Fairy Godmother is another fab book in a fast-growing series that I can see young children enjoying immensely as well as laughing along with Rita’s dawn of realisations about what could happen if her wishes come true.' Stacey Garrity, Whispering Stories
'What struck me the most about this book were the fantastic colourful illustrations. Rita’s expressions are comical, starting with thoughtful smiles and progressing to pure agitation as she realises the implications of her wishes! A short and fun picture book for younger children.' Angela Dyson, School Librarian Magazine