Description - The Wonderful Starberries by Eleanor Coombe
Blaize, the singing fairy, is depressed he has lost his guitar in the goblin caves and can no longer use his fairy magic. Astara, the Fairy Queen, decides Blaize needs cheering up so she sends Cedar, the fairy wand-maker; Puck, the love fairy; Eden, the healing fairy; and herself on a special quest to gather unique materials from around Faraway Island to make Blaize a new magical fairy guitar. Meanwhile, Garton the Ghastly, the new Goblin King, has found Blaize's old broken guitar, and has started playing it and creating havoc for the gnomes and pixies. The only way he can be stopped from playing his hypnotic tunes is by Blaize playing his new guitar and undoing the old guitar's magic. On the quest, the fairies encounter new and strange creatures who help them find what they need to make the guitar and restore peace to the island.
Puck meets the Mistral Tree, the rarest tree in the Wild Woods, Eden meets the grumpy singing sirens, and Cedar goes to the Hissing Volcano where she encounters the most unusual gentle beast, the qilin Astara gets the flower fairies to help her find the magical starberries, which play the most important role of all - they tempt the dangerous Chimera from the Wild Forest, and, while it eats the berries, she uses a magical spell and the power of her sceptre to summon a rainbow. The rays fall on the Chimera, and the beast freezes and she manages to collect some of its scales, an essential ingredient in making the new magical guitar. Fairy artisans create Blaize's new guitar and he happily fixes the goblin king's hideous music. However, Garton is not happy, and wants revenge.
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(130mm x 197mm x 7mm)
Lothian Children's Books
Publisher: Hachette Australia
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Author Biography - Eleanor Coombe
Eleanor Coombe developed a fascination for legends and metaphysics while she studied at university, and has since travelled widely exploring the myths of different countries. She is the author of many successful children s books and games, which she has licensed and sold through Mattel, Pancake Press, Funtastic and Landsdowne, and in 2000 was awarded a Distinguished Alumni Award by Canberra University for her contribution to children s literature and games. She is the author of The Ultimate Fairy Book (published by Pan Macmillan) and lives in Tasmania. Andrew Smith worked as an assistant lecturer in psychology and only drew for himself until it occurred to him that he may be able to earn a living doing what he loves. He has since worked as a web and graphic designer and is now a (self-taught) freelance illustrator. He lives in Melbourne with his wife, three kids, two cats and two guinea pigs.