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The Book People Week of Wonder: Our favourite fictional fairies

N.B. We thought it important to title this blog “Our favourite fictional faries”. Fairies ARE real, at least in the magical world of a child’s imagination. So no, we haven’t lost our minds… not just yet anyway!

The Book People’s Week of Wonder is now well underway – a week of amazing deals, book offers and competitions sprinkled with a little bit of fairy dust. To celebrate, we would like to do a countdown of our favourite fairies from literature: the nice ones, the silly ones and the downright nasty ones!

Peter Pan | The Book People

Tinker Bell – Peter Pan (Peter and Wendy)

First introduced in J. M. Barrie’s Peter and Wendy (later renamed Peter Pan), Tinker Bell is a fairy who mends pots and kettles and, though sometimes ill-behaved and vindictive, at times she is helpful and kind to Peter Pan – for whom she holds romantic feelings for. Due to her size, Tinker Bell is unable of holding more than one feeling at a time, which can make her quite a difficult personality to associate with. But in our experience, the difficult characters are the most fun to read about – way to go Tinker Bell!

Pinocchio | The Book People

The Fairy with Turquoise Hair – The Adventures of Pinocchio 

It isn’t only Jiminy Cricket (in the Disney film at least) who is on hand to guide Pinocchio on his misadventures; the Fairy with Turquoise Hair (also called the Blue Fairy) from Italian author Carlo Collodi‘s The Adventures of Pinocchio is just as helpful in pointing the puppet in the right direction to help him avoid inevitable peril. She’s also kind enough to turn Pinocchio into a real boy at the end of the book – what a lovely thing to do!

Sleeping Beauty | The Book People

The Wicked Fairy Godmother (Maleficent) – Sleeping Beauty

A best-loved folk tale and favourite story (retold not once, but twice by Walt Disney), Sleeping Beauty is a classic! The Wicked Fairy Godmother – or Carabosse, or perhaps Maleficent – is a very nasty piece of work. Not best-pleased about being left off the guest list for the young princess’s christening, the Wicked Fairy Godmother decides that eternal sleep for the princess is a fair retaliation – a bit over the top if you ask me! But now Disney have given her a backstory in the live-action movie starring Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, she does seem to have been given a bit of a bad rep – poor thing!

Cinderella | The Book People

The Fairy Godmother – Cinderella

Hands up those who wants a fairy godmother! Wouldn’t it be amazing! Cinderella seems to do alright when her fairy godmother arrives: she gets a night out on the town, a lovely dress, glass slippers (GLASS SLIPPERS!), a pumpkin carriage and gets to dance with a handsome prince. Sure, everything doesn’t go according to plan in the beginning, but the story would be a bit boring if Cinderella got her ‘happily ever after’ a few pages in.

Five Children and It | The Book People

Sand Fairy – Five Children and It

Alright, alright! Not a fairy per se, but you’d be surprised how few fairies of note there are in popular literature – this list was proving quite difficult to fill. When Robert, Anthea, Cyril, Jane and baby (poor little tyke isn’t even given a name – sad face!) find the Sand Fairy, they are granted three wishes of their choosing. But, as you can imagine, the wishes do not quite go according to plan… Certainly the ugliest of our top fairies but most definitely the most entertaining of the bunch, Five Children and It by E. Nesbit is one of our favourite books at the Book People.

A Midsummer Night's Dream | The Book People

Oberon – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Now, if anyone can expertly combine aristocrats, workers and fairies in Athens it’s William Shakespeare – how that premise came to mind we’ll never quite grasp, but A Midsummer Night’s Dream is certainly Shakespeare’s best-loved classic. Oberon is the most nobel fairy we have on our list, he’s King of the Fairies – quite the accolade! Oberon and his wife Titania have a few arguments which affect the weather – due to them being so powerful – which is quite cool. He’s also a bit of a trickster: he makes his wife fall in love with a weaver with the unfortunate name of Bottom – this guy’s outrageous!

True Blood | The Book People

Claudine Crane – Sookie Stackhouse Series (True Blood)

Sookie’s fairy godmother from the popular book series that was later turned into TV’s True Blood, Claudine Crane is a little bit special, and we’ll tell you why: not content with being a mere fairy, she’s working her way up to becoming an angel – now that’s one driven individual! Helping Sookie out through some of her scrapes, Claudine is a kind and caring – and very, very attractive – character: a classic fairy, but with a bite more ‘bite’!

Do you agree with our favourite fairy choices; or have we missed out a very important literary fairy? Join the conversation on Twitter, like us on Facebook or tag us in your fairy-mad capers on Instagram and let us know who your favourite fairies are.

The Book People’s Week of Wonder competition!

The Book People‘s latest Week of Wonder has begun! To mark this momentous occasion, we are delighted to unveil an exclusive video competition. Open to people on our Facebook ( page, all you will have to do is watch the video and count how many toadstools are shown in it. Just Like us on Facebook, Like the post and comment with your answer… It’s that easy! One lucky winner will win a magical book bundle and a whole host of spellbinding family goodies.

You can also send your answer to us via email at

Throughout this week (29 September to 5 October), the Book People will be offering customers a different deal every day to help you with your Christmas shopping. There will be huge savings on some simply quite wonderful books so please keep checking every day to see what the latest offer is.

Competition closes Sunday 12 October. A winner will be chosen at random. Terms and Conditions apply.

The Book People’s Week of Wonder is back – 29 September to 5 October 2014

At the Book People, we’re always excited to bring our customers the best books at the best prices, and we love to treat you with exciting deals and offers. We know you love our Week of Wonders, which is why we’re excited to introduce you to the Book People Fairy – she’ll be the face of our latest Week of Wonder which begins on 29 September and ends on 5 October.

With the message that she’s here to make you feel merry, the Book People Fairy is in a festive mood and will help you buy Christmas books at unbeatable prices. Every day, she’ll be conjuring up an exciting deal. We can’t reveal just what she has lined up for each day yet; you’ll have to visit the site every morning during the Week of Wonder to see that; but we can reveal there will be plenty of savings and offers on some of our already great value books – we could easily take care of all your Christmas shopping in the next week.

Keep checking back for this Week of Wonder – we think you’re going to love it!

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Mr. Men books are back! And Little Miss books are too…

Roger Hargreaves’ best-loved, tickly, clumsy, happy favourites, the Mr. Men and Little Miss characters, are back with a bang this Christmas at the Book People.


Mr. Men & Little Miss | The Book People


First published in 1974, Mr. Tickle was the first (and, in our opinion, the best!) Mr. Men character to make his way to the page, transporting young readers to the wonderful world of Misterland – and now the Mr. Men and Little Miss characters are here to entertain a whole new generation of little ones, and they’re going to love them!


Whether you’re looking for stocking filler ideas for children, or even if you are looking to buy a Christmas present that is a little grander, our Mr. Men and Little Miss book collections will make the ideal Christmas gift for any little boy or girl (and parents will love reading them too).


For just £32.00 (that’s a tickle-tastic 64p per book!) from, the complete collection of Mr. Men books will keep young readers entertained night after night as they share it with Mum or Dad. And with an RRP of £149.50, with the Book People you’ll be saving a whopping £117.50 on this Mr. Men story collection.


But if your children are more fans of the Little Miss characters, have no fear – we also have the complete Little Miss Collection of 37 books for just £25 and a stunning Mr. Men and Little Miss Glitter Box Collection: a Mr. Men box set featuring new and exciting Mr. Men and Little Miss stories for a (Little Miss) splendid £19.99, saving you over £40 on the price of this collection on the high street.

Buy 20 Michael Morpurgo novels for £25

One of the nation’s great storytellers, War Horse author Michael Morpurgo has long been a favourite with Book People customers. Our previous collections of Morpurgo novels have been bestsellers and now we’re delighted to present you with our biggest and best one yet – 20 heart-warming children’s books from this favourite author for just £25.

A former Children’s Laureate who specialises in writing heartfelt stories about courage and bravery, often with an animal theme, keen readers aged 9 and over are sure to love every single book in this collection. Bringing together some of his most famous novels like War Horse, Why the Whales Came and A Medal for Leroy and his lesser-known but no less exciting and captivating stories like The War of Jenkins’ Ear, The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips and The Wreck of the Zanzibar.

Thoroughly deserving of his many literary awards, Morpurgo’s masterful stories are captivating from start to finish and ideal for any child who is starting to love books. It’s no wonder the likes of Steven Spielberg and Pat O’Connor have adapted novels like War Horse and Private Peaceful into blockbuster Hollywood films.

Buy 20 Michael Morpurgo books for just £25 here.

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