The Fairy's Mistake by Gail Carson LevineThe Fairy's Mistake by Gail Carson Levine

The Fairy's Mistake

byGail Carson Levine

Hardcover | April 8, 1999

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Gail Carson Levine charmed the world with Ella Enchanted, her spirited retelling of the Cinderella story. Now this award-winning author turns her attention to two more classic fairy tales, and deftly turns them upside down and inside out with her trademark wit and hilarity.

In The Fairy's Mistake, two very different sisters have two very different encounters with the fairy Ethelinda. Rosella is kind and helpful. Her reward: Jewels and gems tumble out of her mouth whenever she speaks. Myrtle is rude and spiteful. Her punishment: Bugs and vipers slither out of her mouth. The fairy Ethelinda feels she's meted out justice just right--until she discovers Rosella has been locked up by a greedy prince and Myrtle is having the time of her life!

In The Princess Test, King Humphrey has decided it's time for his son, Prince Nicholas, to marry. But he must make sure the bride is a real princess. So he devises a series of princess tests, designed to weed out the phonies and the fakes. Meanwhile, Nicholas has fallen in love with Lorelei, a mere blacksmith's daughter. She's no princess, but he wants to marry her all the same--but how will she ever pass the terrible tests?

In these first two delightfully entertaining, laugh-out-loud Princess Tales, Gail Levine gently spoofs the notion that fairies are always right and that tests can ever prove a person's worth, but holds fast to the notion that true love will always win in the end.

Gail Carson Levine is the author of the Newbery Honor Book Ella Enchanted; New York Times bestsellers Ever and Fairest; ALA Notable Book Dave At Night; The Wish; The Two Princesses of Bamarre; the six Princess Tales books; the nonfiction book Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly; and a companion to this picture book, Betsy Who Crie...
Title:The Fairy's MistakeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:96 pages, 7 × 4 × 0.52 inPublished:April 8, 1999Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0060280603

ISBN - 13:9780060280604

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fairies can mess up too! The perfect novel for fans of fairy tales! Fun and well written. It would be most enjoyable for kids and teens, but adults will get a smile too.
Date published: 2018-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great kids book! Gail Carson Levine continues to write whimsical novels that transport you to a fairy tale world! So well written and still interesting to me as I've read it multiple times.
Date published: 2016-11-28

From Our Editors

Sweet Rosella and Spiteful Myrtle both help the fairy Ethelinda, but Rosella is kind and Myrtle is rude. As reward for their work, the fairy bestows gifts on each young woman. When Ethelinda speaks, jewels tumble from her mouth. Myrtle faces bugs and snakes. Ethelinda thinks her gifts are perfect, until she realizes that Rosella is the captive of a greedy prince and Myrtle’s thoroughly enjoying herself. Gail Carson Levine’s magical fairy tale, The Fairy’s Mistake, enchants readers, both young and old.

Editorial Reviews

"The author of Ella Enchanted revisits similar territory in these first two installments of The Princess Talesseries. Extended spoofs of the Grimms' "Toads and Diamonds" and Andersen's "The Princess and the Pea," the stories feature characters with names such as Humphrey, Sam, Leonard, and Ethelinda. The action and dialogue, likewise, are down-to-earth and dryly humorous. In the first tale, a fairy rewards and punishes two sisters' respective kindness and greed, but both plans backfire wildly: Rosella ends up unhappily engaged to a prince who only has eyes for the jewels that spill from her mouth, while people give Myrtle whatever her heart desires, so long as she keeps her mouth shut and her insects and reptiles to herself. All eventually works out, but the jokes wear thin by the end. The humor is more varied and original in the second story, in which a prince falls for a blacksmith's kind daughter but despairs of her ever passing his parents' "princess tests." He doesn't know it, but the girl's a shoo-in; Lorelei has the fragile constitution of a princess, and with her polite fastidiousness and excessive sensitivity toward food, clothing, and surroundings she easily crushes the competition-seventy-nine real princesses. Static and unnecessary illustrations accompany the stories, which are printed in an ornate, difficult-to-read typeface. Nowhere near as enchanting as Ella, but fans of funny fairy tales will have some laughs." (Horn Book)