It is always good to tell the truth but sometimes telling the truth is the hardest thing of all. And what happens when telling the truth lands you in all sorts of trouble. Well, this is exactly the predicament that the Truth Pixie finds herself in…
The Truth Pixie comes from a magical land of trolls, goblins and elves. She isn’t blessed with a ‘gift’ like her many brothers and sisters. Instead, her great-aunt Julia has cursed her with the truth, and people - or to be more precise, elves and rabbits - do not really like to hear the truth. Rather than go around offending people the the Truth Pixie chooses to hide herself away. Then the Truth Pixie’s life changes after an encounter with a troll and a meeting with a sad girl.
The Truth Pixie is a lovely rhyming story written by the talented Matt Haig and illustrated by the brilliant Chris Mould. The simple rhyming text makes for a lovely read aloud.
The first half of the story is rather sad as the Truth Pixie cuts a forlorn and isolated figure who seems to go around upsetting people due to the ‘truth curse’. The second half of the story is when the Truth Pixie discovers the positives to her character and is able to share valuable truths with her new friend. As the story reaches its conclusion the Truth Pixie learns to love herself and be proud of who she is.
The truth is a tricky thing as readers learn through the Truth Pixie. People ask for the truth but then get easily offended by it. We must be careful with the truth and we sometimes alter the truth in order as to not hurt other people’s feelings.
This is a read with messages about loving who you are and understanding that sadness comes and goes. Without experiencing sadness you can not truly appreciate happiness. As Aada says, “You’ll never know happy unless you know sad.” There are lots of opportunities for valuable discussions around important life lessons on the truth, showing empathy towards others, exploring feelings, feeling different to others and friendship.
I hope the Truth Pixie helps readers to see that even when things seem bad they will get better or that things are good, even if they seem bad right now. This could be a read for any age from child to adult. It may help a child understand that what we say can hurt somebody’s feelings or it might help someone who is going through a difficult time. And there are so many other occasions that a child or adult may find this book to be the perfect pick-me-up.
Recommended for 6+ to 106.