Cori Doerrfeld is a freelance author and illustrator who holds degrees from St. Olaf College and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She has written and illustrated several picture books, including Penny Loves Pink, Little Bunny Foo Foo: The Real Story, Matilda in the Middle, and Maggie and Wendel. She lives in Minneapolis with her comic artist husband, Tyler Page, and their two children, Charlotte and Leo. You can follow Cori's work on her website: www.coridoerrfeld.com
Tyler Page is an Eisner-nominated and Xeric Grant-winning artist and educator. In addition to publishing his own work, he illustrated the Graphic Universe series The Chicagoland Detective Agency and has created comics and illustrations for a variety of commercial clients. He is also the Director of Print Technology Services at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, author/illustrator Cori Doerrfeld, and their two children.
A fledgling Latina fairy learns she must use her magic responsibly. Quintessential preteen Cici is trying to make sense of a turbulent time in her life: her dad has moved out, she’s lost her best friend to the popular clique, and she’s learning to control her nascent fairy powers. She has the ‘fairy sight,’ which means she sees people with a sort of enhanced vision that helps her understand them (for example, she sees her harried mother as a multitasking octopus). One day at school she finds popular white classmate Kendra’s beloved princess doll (fairy sight reveals Kendra to be something of a princess as well). Cici, seizing the opportunity to use her powers, chooses to wield them in an unkind way. When Abuela, also a fairy, finds out what she has done, Cici must own up to her wrongdoings. The plot—a friendship-tinged riff on the ‘with great power comes great responsibility’ theme—is instantly familiar, even with the fantasy elements. Doused liberally with a comely array of warm pinks and purples, the panels have a keen focus on facial elements and hold a high visual appeal. Though this series outing doesn’t explore its issues with much real depth, the pleasing style and familiar subject matter helped to compensate, leaving this with a very episodic, sitcom-like feel. A likable protagonist and fantasy elements make this well-trod ground feel fairly fresh.
A wonderful addition to a must-have series.
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