Half vampire, half fairy — meet Isadora Moon
One of the major challenges with my youngest Mudlet is that she’s not much of a reader *gasp*. My eldest used to eat books for breakfast at that age, but little L is much less enthusiastic. Imagine my delight, then, to have found a series of books that she’s positively gobbling up.
Meet Isadora Moon. She’s half vampire, half fairy. Her best friend is Pink Rabbit — who’s up for most things, but doesn’t like getting wet. And she rocks.
I just love the illustrations — and there are loads of them for a chapter book, with extra pages full of pictures at the back. The vampire-fairy mix ends up giving her a slightly Gothic feel with just enough pink and sparkly to keep little girls glued to the page.
She’s feisty, which is how we like our girls here at Muddy. My daughter, when pushed for an opinion, said she likes that Isadora is “adventurous” — and she is.
Isadora’s parents are gorgeous. Her dad, vampire Count Bartholomew Moon, and her mother, fairy Countess Cordelia Moon, are delightful — a capable, practical mother and a night-loving father who loves his shiny black hair and only drinks, er, “red juice” (perhaps best not to ask) And, of course, they’re as embarrassing as any human parent should be.
And then there’s Pink Rabbit — Isadora’s ‘cuddly toy’ who has been magicked to life by her mother. He’s the perfect partner for Isadora’s adventures, and even prompted my daughter to find her own pink rabbit — and now we can’t separate them.
What I love about the books — and there are four of them so far — is that the writing is as good as the illustrations. Having grumbled my way through an endless series of mindless fairy books (you know the ones I mean… with the goblins…), these are a refreshing change — funny, entertaining, exciting, with just the right amount of jeopardy for a little girl to manage. We’re loving reading them together — but the writing is pitched neatly so that my 6-year-old can just about (should she ever sit down long enough) read them on her own, too.
Harriet Muncaster, who writes and illustrates Isadora Moon, seems much like her character — although I can’t vouch for her parents… I love the girly-Gothic edge that she and Isadora share, dressing in black and white with just a dash of sparkly pink for good measure. She’s absolutely hit the small girl market right on the head with Isadora — and I, for one, can’t wait to read the next two which are coming out next year.
The books are nicely-sized, too — long enough to be interesting, but small enough for little hands. I know Christmas is a while off, but at £5.99 I reckon they’d be perfect for stockings.
We’re going to be going — along with our very own pink rabbit — to one of the ‘meet the author’ sessions that Harriet Muncaster will be doing right here in Herts: Waterstones in St Albans (11 am, 22 Oct) and Harpenden (2pm, 22 Oct), Welwyn (11am, 24 Oct), and Hitchin (3pm, 26 Oct), as well as Barton-le-Clay Library (2.15pm, 25 Oct). I have a suspicion my daughter is already planning her outfit….