Praise for A Dreadful Fairy Book
“With an exasperated narrator who would much prefer a story whose fairies and plots behave the way they ought and with characters that not only question, but outright shatter the status quo to embrace difference, Etter offers readers a rich world of complexity and moral ambiguity as Shade navigates loss, betrayal, magic, and friendship in pursuit of the wonders of books and self-love. It’s difficult to give Etter credit for diverse racial representation in a world of multihued nonhuman creatures; nevertheless, this chubby brown protagonist full of flaws and wit and heart is quite welcome. For bibliophiles (and bibliothecaphiles) and all those who step expectantly into mushroom rings.”—Kirkus Reviews
“This isn’t just any fairy book: it’s dreadful. Shade is a brilliant heroine whose opinionated, spunky, and compassionate nature leads her into several fairy squabbles. Etter challenges the typical idea of fairies through humorous and dreadful twists. A charming read with a quirky narrator, a brazen heroine, and eccentric characters.”—Elizabeth Konkel, Booklist
“If you’re not a fan of weird worlds, colorful characters, and awesome adventures, put A Dreadful Fairy Book down right now. Also, you should go and get checked out. Seriously.”—Justin Shady, author of Missing the Boat, The Lava is a Floor, and the Black List and Hit List featured screenplay Saving Charlie Chaplin.
“This is a rollicking romp with themes of friendship, forgiveness, and the value of books. It calls itself “A Fairytale for Readers of All Ages” and I’d feel comfortable giving it to my 10-year-old or my 13-year-old and I quite enjoyed it at age 45. It’s truly a boisterous, entertaining fantasy and the characters are delightfully deplorable—heavy on the delightful.”––Lara Lillibridge, author of Girlish and Mama, Mama, Only Mama, essayist, and book reviewer.
“Jon Etter brings a down-to-earth humanity and wry wit to his writing, giving even his most fantastic tales heart and laughs.” —Hy Bender, author of The Sandman Companion and contributing humor writer for The New York Times, Mad Magazine, Spy, and American Film.
“I love Shade, and how the story disrupts gender stereotypes, identities, ideologies and familiar storylines. I look forward to placing this story in the hands of a child.”––Anne Kissinger, head children’s librarian at Wauwatosa Public Library
“[A Dreadful Fairy Book] is probably my favorite book.” ––Paul Bender, reader of discriminating taste, age 9
AVAILABLE IN STORES, ONLINE, AND (MOST IMPORTANTLY) IN LIBRARIES! The first book of Jon’s new middle grade comedy/fantasy series, Those Dreadful Fairy Books. A Dreadful Fairy Book tells the story of a grumpy, bookish fairy named Shade who begrudgingly goes on an adventure to find an elusive library, as told by the reluctant narrator Quentin Q. Quacksworth.