Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate
Author: Ursula Vernon
Publisher: Dial Books
Danny’s mother is kidnapped by fairies, and it is up to Danny and his friends, Wendell and Christiana, to save her. The three enter the fairy realm and must go through a variety of challenges in order to rescue Danny's mom. The trio encounters talking shrubs, a fox, and a fairy that curses Christiana. After many twists and turns, they rescue Mrs. Dragonbreath and are able to return home.
When Fairies Go Bad has lots of humor, especially with Christiana’s curse which only allows her to speak in rhymes. The personalities of the three friends contrast one another so drastically, showing readers how people with differences can still get along. The cartoon-like illustrations enhance the plot, which is much more advanced than anticipated. The strong vocabulary and advanced language make it much more challenging than originally perceived. Dragonbreath is a great series that is highly recommended.