BESTSELLING AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR: Ashley’s books are known for teaching patience and discovery, and The Most Magnificent Thing has sold over 22k copies in Canada.
STEM APPEAL: Fairy Science introduces age-appropriate science concepts like erosion, evaporation and photosynthesis in a way that is fun for kids to learn. It also teaches the scientific method, so kids understand the basics of creating experiments.
STRONG FEMALE HEROINE: Esther is feisty but friendly, an empowering guide to the world of science.
REAL SCIENCE BACK MATTER: A note in the back matter fact checks the major scientific concepts introduced in the book to help kids know what is true and what elements took some fairy magic to achieve.
HANDS-ON ACTIVITY: The final page of the book includes an experiment that readers can try at home.
HUMOR: Esther and Albert are a plucky duo, and the fairymates are silly and lovable.
CO-PUBLISHERS: Strong partner with Crown Books for Young Readers in the U.S.
PRAISE FOR ASHLEY SPIRES:
“Spires’s mix of sly, dry and slapstick humor in her first graphic novel is perfect.”—Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews (Binky the Space Cat)
“Fans will celebrate; aliens will quiver in fright.”—Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews (Binky Under Pressure)
“…a doozy of a picture book…big, bold pages will be enjoyed by big groups and independent readers alike.”—Starred Review, Booklist (Larf)
“Humor has always been a strong suit for Spires, and her drily funny storytelling will entertain children, older siblings and adults alike.”—Publishers Weekly (Larf)
“Spires’ tale of an unconventional pirate might travel familiar ground, but her dry humor, so wonderfully displayed in the Binky graphic novels, elevates Saul to great heights. The cartoon watercolor illustrations are always hilariously at odds with the understated text. Charrrh-ming.”—Kirkus Reviews (Small Saul)
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