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Dear Fairy Godmother

About the Author and Illustrator

Michael Rosen is a hugely bestselling author of picture books and poetry. Michael frequently appears on radio and gives talks and lectures on children’s literature. Michael was the Children’s Laureate for 2007–2009 and the winner of the Eleanor Farjeon Award.

In addition to illustrating books for several top children’s authors, most notably Jacqueline Wilson, Nick Sharratt has written and illustrated more than 40 books himself. He has won numerous prizes for his work, was the official World Book Day illustrator in 2006 and his picture books include You Choose, Pants, Shark in the Park, Elephant Wellyphant and Eat Your Peas.

About the Book

A sequel to Dear Mother Goose, this is a hilarious collection of fairy stories with a difference. All the best-loved fairy-tale characters are here and they all have a different problem, from the pesky girl who keeps eating little bear’s porridge, to Pinocchio’s mendacious habits, to the wolf who just won’t leave Little Red Riding Hood alone. Along with their letters asking for advice comes the scene with the problem then lift the flap and see Fairy Godmother’s ingenious solutions to their predicaments! Wittily illustrated by Nick Sharratt, with a very funny text from Michael Rosen, this is a novelty book full of unexpected solutions and a party at the end! Dear Fairy Godmother is the perfect book to use at the end of a unit on traditional tales.

Before Reading

Ensure you have some traditional tales available for children to access independently.

In groups, use large sheets of paper and create bubble maps to show what the children know already about Fairy Godmothers. You can prompt them with the following questions:

  • which stories have fairy godmothers?
  • what are Fairy Godmothers like?
  • what kinds of things do Fairy Godmothers do?

Which characters in traditional tales might need help from a Fairy Godmother? You could provide groups of children with pictures of characters and ask them to discuss the problems they have in their stories.

Use the grid below to match the character to the problem before reading. How would you solve the problem? (each child could choose a character and discuss with a partner what advice they could give).

Character Problem

The Gingerbread Man


I want to turn into a beautiful swan.

Three Little Pigs


I want to visit my granny but Im scared of the wolf.



My nose grows when I tell lies.

Ugly Duckling


I want to be friends with a little boy but he keeps running away.

Little Bear


I cant catch the billy goats.



How can I stop Goldilocks?

Little Red Riding Hood


A wolf keeps trying to blow our house down.

A Troll


Everyone keeps trying to eat me.



Im worried that I will lose a race to the hare.

During Reading

Look at the addresses on the letters. Display the addresses on their own and discuss who might live at the different addresses.

  • Match characters to the different addresses.
  • Think about other characters and what their addresses could be, e.g. Jack might live at Bean Bungalow.
  • Where would the wolf, the hare, Goldilocks and the Billy Goats Gruff live?

The Three Little Pigs

Read the letter from the Three Little Pigs. Cover up the reply. Work in groups to compose a reply from the Fairy Godmother. Share with the rest of the class before reading the real letter. Discuss what the Three Pigs could travel in before revealing the illustration.

Little Bear

Read the reply to Little Bear’s letter covering up the letter from Little Bear and his name.

  • Can the children guess who the letter is from?
  • Can they think of any other ways to stop Goldilocks?
  • Before they read the letter from Little Bear, work together to create your own version.
  • Look at the first illustration.
  • Discuss how the characters are feeling using thought clouds.
  • You could ask the children to go into role in pairs as Goldilocks and Little Bear and create a freeze frame of the scene.
  • Ask the children how they are feeling.
  • Turn over to the next illustration and ask them to create the next freeze frame.
  • How have things changed?
  • Encourage the children to use ‘because’ to explain their feelings.

After Reading

Can you think of any other fairy tale characters who need to write to a fairy godmother? Write your own letters from other characters. The children could swap letters and reply in role as the Fairy Godmother.

Create a wanted poster for one of the naughty characters. Include their crime and the reward for catching them.

Design an invitation to the party.

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