The Children’s Book of 2014: Fenella: A Fable of a Fairy Afraid to Fly

Fenella is a beautiful young fairy with a wonderful family and a perfect life – except for one thing. Unlike the other fairies in the fairy kingdom, Fenella is afraid to fly! How will she ever get over this fear and discover her true name? Join Fenella on an exciting journey as she discovers that maybe flying isn’t so scary after all.


Susannah Cord was born in Denmark and was raised there and in Africa. Growing up with a healthy imagination fed by Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales and the Chronicles of Narnia, Susannah was a book worm and a budding storyteller and writer from an early age. Fenella fluttered into Susannah’s life as a bedtime story for her niece, Zoe, and would not let up till she had her own book. So, thank you-here’s your book, Fenella. Ditte K. Gade has been an illustrator and animator for years, working on everything from computer games and magazines to classical animation at Cartoon Network. She was educated at the Animation Workshop in Viborg, Denmark. Though she works on art across all genres, she has found a special love for old-fashioned children’s book illustrations. A child’s book, she says, is the one place where they will always be allowed to dream.


This book was bought for a little girl for Christmas who absolutely loves and adores the whole fantasy fairy world where Fenella lives, I know this will bring tremendous wonder and joy now and in the future for her. Lavishly and beautifully illustrated by Ditte Gade, for what was originally a bedtime story created by the talented Danish-born author, Susannah Cord for her niece, it is very obvious to the adult reader/bedtime story-teller how big an influence fellow Danish-born Hans Christian Andersen has been on her early life growing up originally in Denmark, but the underlying message of persistence and subsequent success will be the lasting and delightful impression for the reader. More importantly though, it’s a children’s book that will enjoyed so much it will naturally create repeat performances ad infinitum ( you know how it is when they like something! ;D)

“Fenella The Fairy” is destined to become as famous as “The Ugly Duckling”, “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, and “The Princess and the Pea” let me assure you. I sincerely hope Susannah publishes further stories in the future. If they’re half as good as this, my credit card will be waiting.~ 5 Stars


I normally don’t write reviews – but this one I feel compelled to write. Fenella is just the sweetest book I have come across and being a mum of a 9-year old and a 12-year old as well as being very avid readers – I have come across quite a few. Fenella is not just wonderful entertainment, but also stays with you and makes you wonder and marvel about life. As such it is actually quite a deep book – but of course the kids don’t think about it that way. This book has provoked the most interesting conversations I have had with my kids. I have done something, I’ve never done before – I have actually purchased a big stack of this book, because this is the most perfect gift I can think of. As you’ve already guessed: I highly recommend this book.~ 5 Stars