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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (446 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Esme Raji Codell Narrator: Rachael Lillis Publisher: Listening Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2005 ISBN:
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Hunky Dory's mother always told her, You'll be the wickedest witch wherever the four winds blow. And why not? She's at the top of her class in charm school. She can make flowers wilt like wet spaghetti. And she can turn any prince into a frog...but she always changes him back. That's when she knows she has a problem.

Hunky Dory's interest in wishcraft over witchcraft gets her kicked out of charm school. Now she's determined to follow her heart and become a fairy godmother. But how to go about doing it? She gives a woodsman a new mustache, and grants Wolf his strange wish for a grandmother costume. Finally, motivated by jealousy over her friend Rumpelstiltskin's crush on the girl in the roomful of straw, she meets the ticket to realizing her career dreams: Cinderella.

This fresh, funny twist on fairy tales is just right for girls who have not quite outgrown the magic of classic stories, and who are open to unconventional happily-ever-afters!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 2/20/2014

    " AA saccharin tale about a born witch who would rather be a fairy godmother. Incorporates parts of Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskin, and Sleeping Beauty into the story. The narrator, who did use different voices for different characters, helped make it tooth-achingly sweet. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sandi | 2/14/2014

    " To be fair, I was so completely annoyed by the main character's name being Honky Dory that I couldn't get past it. The book itself was rather lackluster though. All in all, a disappointing read for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kellie | 2/9/2014

    " This was very cute and clever. I loved all the puns, the recipe for booger cookies (can't wait to try it!), and the pearls of "wisdom" quoted from Be the One with the Wand . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristi | 2/9/2014

    " I really like this author. This book was pretty clever, but it wasn't neccessarily one of my favorites. It wasn't a very good read aloud book for 6th graders. The girls loved it, but the boys only tolerated it because they had to. It was very modern and incorporated most fairy tales well into the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn Draper | 2/4/2014

    " I listened to this book on CD. It was very cute. Honky Dory is a witch that doesn't have the money to attend Hogwarts. She and her classmates have quirky names and are in school to learn how to be witches that aren't exactly nice. Honky Dory runs into a fairy godmother at the christening of "sleeping beauty" and through much resistance on her own part decides that her destiny is to be a fairy godmother herself. This book is filled with twists and turns through Hogwarts terminology and fairy tales of times past. All in all it was fun but I would be interested to hear how teachers would use this in class. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 2/2/2014

    " This is part of the Battle of the Books this year. I enjoyed it, mostly because I like 'twisted' or 'fractured' fairy tales. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 2/1/2014

    " A light little story about a witch who is at the top of her class when she begins to wonder if maybe there is something else she really wants to be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 1/27/2014

    " Good book for older kids. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 1/20/2014

    " This book is soooo cute! It's about a young witch who is floating the idea of becoming a fairy godmother but her mom is really angry because, hey, she's supposed to be a witch! I love that Esme Raji Codell references a lot of of fairy tales like Cinderella, Rumplestilskin, Little Red Riding Hood, etc. If you've read/heard all those then you'd totally get a kick out of this novel. (I just wonder how many of today's kids have actually heard/been told those stories.) PLUS, there are songs in the book that are meant to be sang a la musical style! Very cool. I appreciate all of the hard work that had to go into writing this novel. It's very creative, so much so that I can kind of understand the mixed reviews. However, I highly recommend it, especially to parents of younger children who do read fairy tales to their kids. This is an excellent novel to read aloud to younger kids because they would LOVE it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 krystal | 1/20/2014

    " kind of good to me a lil. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Ann | 1/12/2014

    " A fun story with some great tidbits to think about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 DiDi | 1/11/2014

    " Very cleverly written book I picked up at a book fair for my 2nd grader. The basic story was easily understood by her, but not the nonstop added humor about witches, devils, and magic. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and will look for more by same author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan Gray | 1/8/2014

    " This book held my interest because of the way the author tied well-known fairy tales into the personal experiences of a witch who is experimenting with granting wishes (fairy godmothering). It was a fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mae | 12/15/2013

    " This book put a really great spin on classic fairy tales. Hunky Dory, the "wickedest witch wherever the four winds blow" finds out that some people (fairy godmothers) use their powers for good instead of wickedness. So: will Hunky be good or evil? Read this book to find out! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Akilah | 12/10/2013

    " Cute premise. The book is high on cuteness and positive messages, but low on characterization and plot. I kept waiting for something more, and the book never delivers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MaryBliss | 11/11/2013

    " Imaginative and clever with a smoothly flowing dialogue and first person narrative. Entertaining for both a child and a parent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate Hastings | 5/9/2013

    " Hunky Dory was supposed to be the wickedest witch ever born... but then the fairy godmother genes kick in. Hysterically funny. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristin | 3/25/2013

    " I was very disappointed in this book. Sahara Special and were both so interesting and well-written. But this one, at least for me, didn't measure up at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carriage | 3/16/2013

    " I like this book because it's just fun and short... whenever I find it laying around the house, I just pick it up and read it, and each time you get something new out of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pauline | 2/14/2013

    " LOVE this author and this book did not disappoint...a lot of familiar characters and storylines woven into a really interesting story for kids. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/1/2013

    " The current most evil witch in witch school turned good? Why not! This book has awesome graphics and chocolate moons. A funny story and an "I-can't-put-it-down" type of book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Farah | 2/25/2012

    " I read this in 4th grade and thought it was the best book ever... who knows, maybe it was? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 11/23/2011

    " Well I just started like 2 minutes ago. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 10/31/2011

    " Fun for kids. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abigail Kent | 10/21/2011

    " I red this book in fith grade and fell in love with it i laughed many many times "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gumby | 10/8/2011

    " As I said before--If it's Esme it's obviously good! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 7/14/2011

    " i don't totally remember it because it's been a while but i do remember it was good enough to refresh my memory by rereading it. so go ahead and try it once in a full moon. who knows mayb you'll like it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cat Fithian | 5/17/2011

    " This is a very silly book and there were times when I was rolling my eyes, but what kept me reading were the many little references to classic fairy tales. Not the best written thing I've read this year, but it was enjoyable enough to stick with it til the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Quarne | 5/8/2011

    " Fabulous book, i read this to my girls and most of the humor went right over their heads but i laughed throughout. A great addition to my personal library. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly | 4/28/2011

    " A girl who was going to be the wicked witch of the west finds out about Fairy Godmothers and ..... to the dismay of her family.....things may change. Grades 4+ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catie | 3/21/2011

    " This book is for people who I must say have a strange side.but is defiantly a great book to read!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 3/19/2011

    " What a fun book this was! I got a kick out of the character's, their names and their antics. Loved the voice of the reader. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mae | 2/28/2011

    " This book put a really great spin on classic fairy tales. Hunky Dory, the "wickedest witch wherever the four winds blow" finds out that some people (fairy godmothers) use their powers for good instead of wickedness. So: will Hunky be good or evil? Read this book to find out! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 1/17/2011

    " Good book for older kids. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellorah | 11/22/2010

    " it was a funny spectacular twist on witches and fairytale and of coarse fairy gomothers "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cat | 10/25/2010

    " This is a very silly book and there were times when I was rolling my eyes, but what kept me reading were the many little references to classic fairy tales. Not the best written thing I've read this year, but it was enjoyable enough to stick with it til the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 10/13/2010

    " Delightful! I'll read it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendyl | 10/4/2010

    " I thought it was a little awkward, but it was definetly good! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 9/21/2010

    " 3.5 stars-- I think this is a good read-alike for the Sisters Grimm books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 9/17/2010

    " I think it will be a interesting book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Akilah | 6/26/2010

    " Cute premise. The book is high on cuteness and positive messages, but low on characterization and plot. I kept waiting for something more, and the book never delivers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MaryBliss | 6/25/2010

    " Imaginative and clever with a smoothly flowing dialogue and first person narrative. Entertaining for both a child and a parent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abigail | 4/16/2010

    " I red this book in fith grade and fell in love with it i laughed many many times "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judi | 12/5/2009

    " Hunky Dory is at the top of her class in witch school, and her mother is thrilled at how wicked she can be. However, Hunky wants to become a Fairy Godmother and help people by granting good wishes. Find out how a bad witch turns good in this cute story for grades 3 to 5. "

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