Book Reviews

Book Review: Wicked Nix by Lena Coakley

Mischievous woodland fairy Nix is up to no good. His beloved fairy queen has gone away, leaving him with a very important job. He must protect the forest from a most dangerous enemy: humans. When a determined invader trespasses on Nix’s territory, putting his skills to the test, the prideful fairy boasts of all the wicked tricks he’ll use to chase the sorry fellow away. But, the reader soon learns, this sprite is not at all what he seems. This kid-friendly fairy tale explores the timeless bonds of family and the joy of finding home in unexpected places.

My Thoughts

One of my boys is of age to vote for his favourite MYRCA book, and as his school is not promoting the program, we decided to do it from home. To be eligible for two votes we need to read a minimum of six books.

My boys (10 and 12) enjoyed the story of Wicked Nix. It is a quick read and they were surprised at how fast we got through it. The fun whimsical tale was easy to read out loud. I, however, found that it was too juvenile for my boys and I could feel that at times they thought the same thing. The story is original and sweet, but at the same time, quite simple. Really, there was nothing wrong with it at all, except that as a MYRCA nominee I was surprised it made the list. I felt it was written for a much younger audience so that caught me out. I’d regard it as a read-aloud for grades 2/3.

I really did enjoy Nix’ antics to try to get the old man out of the cottage in the woods. Nix’ innocence and friendship with Rose was sweet and I loved Rose’s suggestions to help Nix overcome his fears. My favourite character was Mr. Green. I loved how he just appeared out of nature, but was also a part of nature, his face would appear as part of a tree trunk, leaves, or the river. Very magical. The reveal of the truth was heartwarming and also so sad.

Credit should be given to the beautiful illustrations by Jaime Zollars. My favourites were of the cottage and Mr. Green.

We recommend this MYRCA nominee. (Manitoba Young Readers Choice Award, however, I would not have selected it as a MYRCA book, but certainly it is more suitable for grade 1-3 children.

This is an unsolicited review, I purchased this book at Chapters.

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Amulet Books; Reprint edition (Oct. 8 2019)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419737039

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