Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2021 Reviews: Mermaid Tales: Fairy Chase & Quigley the Quiet Hedgehog

Spotlight Reviews

Theme: Being Brave

I’m happy to once again be a reviewer on Multicultural Children’s Book Day! As part of this annual event, I was gifted two books to review, in order to provide my honest opinion. Read on to discover more. #ReadYourWorld

Mermaid Tales #18: Fairy Chase

by Debbie Dadey

Illustrated by Tatevik Avakyan

Published by Simon & Schuster

Debbie Dadey’s mer-velous Mermaid Tales series features third-grade mermaids Shelly, Echo, Kiki, and Pearl, along with classmate merboy Rocky, in fantastical underwater adventures. In this eighteenth installment, Fairy Chase, Echo’s Aunt Crabella visits her, with long, black-tipped braids, bead and bangle-decorated arms and dress, and red-clay covered skin. She shares with Echo the tale of the tricky Hairy Fairy, who tangles mermaids’ hair while they sleep. Echo’s black, curly hair is often twisted into these fairy locks by morning, so she is determined to catch the Hairy Fairy to prevent this and receive some of her treasure. But are fairies even real? Though Echo isn’t sure, and despite her nervousness, she’s determined to find out. So she and her friends make a plan to catch one, and what they encounter on their fairy chase surprises both them and the reader. Filled with fun “mer-words”, ocean facts, a glossary, plentiful illustrations, the Mermaid Tales song, and even informational True/False quizzes about sea birds, Fairy Chase allows readers to immerse themselves in life under the sea with a diverse and delightful cast of characters.

Quigley the Quiet Hedgehog

by Claudine Norden

Illustrated by Bonnie Wiegand

Published by Hoberman

In an extrovert world, kids need to see it’s okay to be quiet, and that quiet doesn’t necessarily mean submissive or bored. Quigley the Quiet Hedgehog aims to do just that with its story of Quigley, who prefers reading, pretending alone, and other solitary ventures to large crowds and loud gatherings. Told in rhyme and featuring gentle watercolor illustrations, Quigley is written for preschool and early elementary school students. With lines such as, “I am quiet, and I am free,” and “In big crowds I don’t need to shout, I am seen…I have clout,” author Claudine Norden captures the bravery shown by introverts who just want to live their lives in a way that makes them feel happy and safe and reveals why it’s so important for all of us to see introversion as an equally delightful worldview and personality trait as extroversion.

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2021 (1/29/21) is in its 8th year! This non-profit children’s literacy initiative was founded by Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen; two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural books and authors on the market while also working to get those books into the hands of young readers and educators.

MCBD 2021 is honored to be Supported by these Medallion Sponsors!

FOUNDER’S CIRCLE: Mia Wenjen (Prgamaticmom) and Valarie Budayr’s (

Platinum Sponsors: Language Lizard Bilingual Books in 50+ Languages, Author Deedee Cummings and Make A Way Media.

Gold Sponsors: Barefoot Books, Candlewick Press, Capstone, Hoopoe Books, KidLit TV, Peachtree Publishing Company Inc.

Silver Sponsors: Charlotte Riggle, Connecticut Association of School Librarians, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, Pack-N-Go Girls

Bronze Sponsors: Agatha Rodi and AMELIE is IMPRESSED!, Barnes Brothers Books, Create and Educate Solutions, LLC, Dreambuilt Books, Dyesha and Triesha McCants/McCants Squared, Redfin Real Estate, Snowflake Stories, Star Bright Books, TimTimTom Bilingual Personalized Books, Author Vivian Kirkfield, Wisdom Tales Press, My Well Read Child

MCBD 2021 is honored to be Supported by these Author Sponsors!

Poster Artist: Nat Iwata

Authors: Afsaneh Moradian, Author Alva Sachs & Three Wishes Publishing Company, Author Angeliki Stamatopoulou-Pedersen, Author Anna Olswanger, Author Casey Bell, Author Claudine Norden, Author Debbie Dadey, Author Diana Huang & Intrepids, Author Eugenia Chu & Brandon goes to Beijing, Green Kids Club, Author Gwen Jackson, Author Janet Balletta, Author Josh Funk, Author Julia Inserro, Karter Johnson & Popcorn and Books, Author Kathleen Burkinshaw & The Last Cherry Blossom, Author Keila Dawson, Maya/Neel Adventures with Culture Groove, Author MiaWenjen, Michael Genhart, Nancy Tupper Ling, Author Natalie Murray, Natalie McDonald-Perkins, Author Natasha Yim, Author Phe Lang and Me On The PagePublishing, Sandra Elaine Scott, Author Shoumi Sen & From The Toddler Diaries, SISSY GOES TINY by Rebecca Flansburg and B.A. Norrgard, Susan Schaefer Bernardo & Illustrator Courtenay Fletcher, Tales of the Five Enchanted Mermaids, Author Theresa Mackiewicz, Tonya Duncan and the Sophie Washington Book Series, Author Toshia Stelivan, Valerie Williams-Sanchez & The Cocoa Kids Collection Books©, Author Vanessa Womack, MBA, Author Veronica Appleton & the Journey to Appleville book series.

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One response to “Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2021 Reviews: Mermaid Tales: Fairy Chase & Quigley the Quiet Hedgehog

  1. Reading this was just lovely 🙂

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