The Fairy's Mistake

by Gail Carson Levine
Series: The Princess Tales #1
96 pages, Fantasy
Reviewed by White Rose

Very good. Very funny. An excellent read for any fairytale fan.


In the village of Snettering-on-Snoakes, the fairy Ethelinda bestows a gift upon the kind girl Rosella. Now whenever she speaks, jewels fall from her mouth. But when Rosella's wicked mother and twin sister find out about the gift, and try to get one themselves, things don't happen the way they plan. And will the possibilities of marrying a prince make things better for Rosella? Or will it only make things worse?


Very good. The antagonists aren't evil, just mean, bossy, and greedy.

Spiritual Content

None, really, and the only magic is when the fairy bestows the gifts, and when the gifts act.


It mentions the prince practicing his swordplay, but that is all.

Drug and Alcohol Content

None that I can recall.

Sexual Content

One kiss, nothing more, nothing less.

Crude or Profane Language or Content



A very funny and creative retelling of a classic, though lesser known, fairy tale. And with an unexpected twist. Levine truly shows a humorous result of when fairies act with good intentions.

Fun Score: 5
Values Score: 5
Written for Age: 8-10

Review Rating:

Average rating: 4 stars
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