The Day the Fairies Went on Strike!


Contains Illustrations
ISBN 0-88974-024-0




Illustrations by Barbara Eidlitz
Reviewed by Marjorie E. Coutts

Marjorie E. Coutts was a writer living in Bowen Island, B.C.


This is a picture book, so it should appeal initially because of the illustrations. In this case they are well drawn, but the colour is garish and unattractive — which would discourage purchase. The slight story is geared to the concerns of a city child, female, involved in the ugliness and activities of present-day inner-city existence. Parents reading this tale of a child and her longing for a cherry tree and its delicious fruit, and for fairies who can grant wishes, would nevertheless disapprove of the frequent tasteless, colloquial wording, such as: “Hester sure was mad that the pirates were hogging most of the cherries.” This type of wording, and the representation of the ragged TV-inspired fairies may have been chosen by the authors, Maureen FitzGerald, an anthropologist, and Linda Briskin, a teacher of women’s studies and English, as suitable and characteristic for our little feminist heroine. But need being a feminist exclude a concern with correct language usage, or with the enjoyment of lively colour or the sparkle of true imagination?


Briskin, Linda, and Maureen FitzGerald, “The Day the Fairies Went on Strike!,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 25, 2024,