I have a very special children’s book to share with you today. It’s The Truth Pixie by Matt Haig – and I honestly think that everyone needs to read The Truth Pixie to their child because it has such an important message behind it.
I have already started reading Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig – which is a book about Matt’s thoughts on anxiety and modern life. I found Note on A Nervous Planet really spoke to me – which is why, when I found out about The Truth Pixie which is a children’s book which discusses mental health, I just had to get my hands on a copy.
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Title: The Truth Pixie
Author: Matt Haig
Synopsis: From number one bestselling author Matt Haig comes a hilarious and heartwarming story, brilliantly illustrated throughout by Chris Mould
Wherever she is, whatever the day,
She only has one kind of thing to say.
Just as cats go miaow and cows go moo,
The Truth Pixie can only say things that are true.
A very funny and lovable tale of how one special pixie learned to love herself. The Truth Pixie is an enchanting, rhyming story that will delight younger readers – with words by the bestselling mastermind Matt Haig and pictures by the inky genius Chris Mould.
Categories: Children’s Books, Mental Health, Fantasy
Publication Date: 18th October 2018
Rating: 5 stars
Content Warnings: There are some mentions of death
Review: I love The Truth Pixie so much, it’s aimed at children’s a little older than my daughter – but I cannot wait to share it with her. It touches on several important issues and it does so in a wonderfully sensitive way. I know it will be the catalyst for lots of discussions for us as a family and I am so glad that we have such a wonderful book to help with those conversations.
The illustrations are fantastic, they are bold and striking in black and white on the pages of the book, there is something about them which just makes you want to smile. And there are several pages where the text is the main focus and they are also beautifully done.
The text itself, is also wonderful – written in rhyming couplets the story is so enchanting and as a reader you can’t help but be pulled along. It’s the perfect length for a bedtime story too, though it has over a hundred pages most have only a few lines of text on them and are filled with those lovely illustrations. The Truth Pixie is the perfect bridge between the larger colourful picture books and chapter books.
For younger children, The Truth Pixie is a wonderful tale about a lonely little pixie, destined to only tell the truth, finding a friend and helping that friend to see that sometimes days are bad but things do get better. And this really is a wonderful bedtime story, we get our happy ending, and we appreciate it more because we have experienced the sadness of both The Truth Pixie and her new friend Aada.
For older children there are a number of layers to the story – including the dangers of always telling the truth – as the Truth Pixie knows the truth is not always kind, or what is needed. And that words can hurt even those who are strong and tough like the Troll. I think the start of the Truth Pixie is a really great way to get children thinking about how the interact with others, and the power of words.
The second half of the book focuses on the issues around mental health, and emotions. The Truth Pixie tells Aada, and the readers, that things aren’t always happy or good, but they will not stay that way. And to be honest, I cannot read the Truth Pixie’s monologue to Aada without getting a little emotional, because it is all so true – which I guess is the whole point of the story!
I cannot recommend The Truth Pixie enough, as I said above it’s something I think that all children need to have read to them because of the messages it contains. It’s a wonderful tool to help children process their emotions and there is a message these pages that adults need reminding of every now and again too.
The Truth Pixie is available in both hardcover and ebook formats over on Amazon* as well as other bookshops.
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I received a copy of The Truth Pixie for the purpose of this review, however all opinions and words are my own.