Book Review: The Truth Pixie by Matt Haig


Wherever she is, whatever the day, she only has one kind of thing to say. Just as cats go miaow and cows go moo, The Truth Pixie can only say things that are true.

A very funny and lovable tale of how one special pixie learned to love herself. The Truth Pixie is an enchanting, rhyming story that will delight younger readers - with words by the bestselling mastermind Matt Haig and pictures by the inky genius Chris Mould.

Let’s start off this review with a bit of visualisation…I want you to imagine that you can only, ever, EVER tell the truth. You can’t fib, you can’t tell a white lie, you can’t tell a bit of a porky – even if you think it will save hurting someone’s feelings. The only words that can ever come out of your mouth can be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Yes, even when your boyfriend asks if you like his new shirt. Yes even when someone asks if you want dessert but no one else is having any so you have to pretend you’re full up in order to not look incredibly greedy. Imagine how hard it would be…
Hold that thought and let me introduce you to the Truth Pixie…
The Truth Pixie isn’t like other pixies that you might have read about. She can’t perform magic tricks, she can’t sing, she can’t dance – but one thing she can do is tell the truth, sometimes to her own detriment. Her truth-telling often lands her in tricky situations and has meant that she doesn’t really have any friends, other than Maarta who is a mouse that lives in her hair. (Side note: I want a Maarta of my own.)
The Truth Pixie ends up living a rather lonely life due to her inability to say anything other than the truth. She tries to avoid meeting other elves; but when she stumbles upon a rather angry troll one day she knows that her truth-telling is going to land her in trouble. (Let’s be honest; what NICE things can you say to a big, warty troll with bad breath that isn’t a lie? I mean, I’m sure he’s lovely, but c’mon…)
Naturally, the troll doesn’t like what The Truth Pixie has to say and ends up throwing her FAR, FAR, FAR away. However, TP ends up meeting a sad little girl on her journey who is anxious, upset and fearful of what might happen in the future.  It’s then that TP discovers that telling the truth to this frightened little girl might actually help her, rather than cause the usual hurt, upset and anger that the truth has brought to those around her in the past…
I absolutely adore Matt Haig’s books; whether he is writing for children or adults I just love every single book he produces and as a complete and utter Christmas addict I was very excited to delve into the world of the Truth Pixie.

I thought the book was based on a very interesting concept and was looking forward to discovering the meaning behind the story, as I was hearing really positive things about the effect this book was having on both children and adults.
The overriding feeling that I have after finishing this delightful tale was just how BEAUTIFUL it was. No word of a lie – it made me tear up at times. The message I took away from it also made me feel so much happier and positive about my life as it reinforced the feeling that although we will experience bad days – we have to know the sad in order to appreciate the happy.

The way that Matt Haig portrayed this message through this clever rhyming tale (along with Chris Mould’s stunning illustrations) was brilliantly done and if it gave 28 year old me hope and a renewed feeling of confidence then I can’t wait to hear about what it will do for its target audience.

This book will provide so many talking points for children who are experiencing everything that life has to throw at them – and it will undoubtedly make them feel a whole lot better whilst putting a smile on their faces.
Personal copy reviewed.

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