The Truth Pixie
From number one bestselling author Matt Haig comes a hilarious and heartwarming story, brilliantly illustrated throughout by Chris Mould 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.

The Truth Pixie Details

TitleThe Truth Pixie
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 18th, 2018
PublisherCanongate Books
Rating
GenreFantasy, Poetry

The Truth Pixie Review

  • Hayley Smith
    January 1, 1970
    Read this tonight with all my boys and it’s just beautiful. Made me super emotional, read it to your children, with your children, on your own, lend it to friends and family - it is amazing!
  • Dhanada Mishra
    January 1, 1970
    I read a children's book after a long long time just because it was written by my favorite author Matt Haig. It was a delightful read with a wonderful message. A must read for every child and adult alike.
  • Jami
    January 1, 1970
    Such a beautiful book. I know it’s meant for children but I read it aloud to myself and actually shed a few tears. There are lessons to be learned for both the young and not-so-young in this book.
  • Lost In Lit
    January 1, 1970
    What a beautifully written book! So much to talk about with my class and they absolutely loved it. They loved playing guess the next word with the rhymes and discussing all of the characters feelings. I had to stop myself from crying in front of a class of 28 children but oh my goodness. One of them said to me at the end ‘I never thought about how you have to sometimes be sad to get what being happy is’ and I loved that they showed they understood it!
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  • Sy Chonato
    January 1, 1970
    Thr truth is important for growing up. ButThe only thing that doesn't convince me is that:The truth Pixie told earlier is mean. Like you're ugly & stupid. But the truth she told Aada is more like Buddha truth: Nothing is permanent. More like emo song truth.Pixie might learn to speak better quality of truth along the way to Helsinki where people can take the truth. But it's children book. I shouldn't be too critical. I should have this in my childhood.
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  • Scott Evans (MrEPrimary)
    January 1, 1970
    ‘Utterly wondrous… a story for everyone. Matt is a mastermind. The Truth Pixie is the perfect present – not just for Christmas – but for all year round. My book of the year!’ The Truth Pixie is something else. I hope that the something else is conveyed in my following words…The Truth Pixie is the kind of story that will make you think over and over about its naturally moving qualities because you can’t help but be captivated by its witty and acutely accurate rhyming couplets that shine a light ‘Utterly wondrous… a story for everyone. Matt is a mastermind. The Truth Pixie is the perfect present – not just for Christmas – but for all year round. My book of the year!’ The Truth Pixie is something else. I hope that the something else is conveyed in my following words…The Truth Pixie is the kind of story that will make you think over and over about its naturally moving qualities because you can’t help but be captivated by its witty and acutely accurate rhyming couplets that shine a light on being self-aware and feeling at one with yourself.Telling lies is often seen as the worst thing in the world as it gets you in to the worst kind of trouble, yes? We all know the stories; Pinocchio for instance. But what happens when the only thing you can do is tell the truth and that ends up with you landing you in all kinds of trouble too? Hmm….The Truth Pixie begins to find out for herself as she suffers the wrath of her darned curse with loss of friends and lingering in loneliness being the worst kind of trouble for her.But the story really comes into its own in its latter half due to its attentiveness, its sheer sense of uniqueness and its loveable quirkiness.Appreciation, contentment, warmth, tenderness and a sense of connectedness all feature within its pages in the wonderful words and illustrations of this timely, thoughtful tale.This is helped by the perceptiveness within the most perfect of partnerships in Matt and Chris who reunite to bring to life the most magnificent of stories.If you think that A Boy Called Christmas, The Girl Who Saved Christmas and Father Christmas and Me were good, then you can only imagine how good The Truth Pixie is when I say it’s utterly wondrous… Matt is a mastermind.Overall, I feel that the book is best summed by the four lines that have been most recently widely shared on social media:‘There will be people you love,Who can’t stay for ever,And there will be things you can’t fix,Although you are clever.’All in all, this is a beautifully-told blend of poetry, rhyme and imaginative storytelling in its finest form that’s essential reading for children, but it is so much more than that as it is a story for everyone. Ultimately, we are people and we are all humans and in essence, this is what this story is truly about; being human.If you don’t have a copy of The Truth Pixie in your classroom, your school or your home, you’re definitely missing out.Mark my words, this may be marketed and sold under the branch of children’s literature but there is so much to be admired, to be reflective of and to be learned from books like this for both children and adults alike. This is an absolute gem that will find its rightful place and resonate not only within its readers’ minds but also deep within their hearts.This book is the perfect present – not just for Christmas – but for all year round.
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  • Caroline
    January 1, 1970
    I was first planning to keep this book for reading over the Christmas season but I just could not resist. So I just finished it after reading the rather pessimistic weekend newspaper and my firt cup of coffee. Next I grabbed the little book and I then gave in. A few moments later I now sit here with my eyes full of tears. I did try to fight back and not let the Truth Pixie entering my mind and my heart. I was only granting them a few tears and then move on. But then the unexpected happen... some I was first planning to keep this book for reading over the Christmas season but I just could not resist. So I just finished it after reading the rather pessimistic weekend newspaper and my firt cup of coffee. Next I grabbed the little book and I then gave in. A few moments later I now sit here with my eyes full of tears. I did try to fight back and not let the Truth Pixie entering my mind and my heart. I was only granting them a few tears and then move on. But then the unexpected happen... something within seemed to take over...something I just could not fight back because it did not feel okay..right to do fight. That this a tale in rhyme makes it sound all so simple but these are delicately chosen words that are woven together to end up in tale that holds something so powerful whithin that will make you go beyond. I have been everywhere while reading this...holding my first cat...burying my first cat...my first kiss...failing my driving exam...loosing my dad...saying goodbye to my close friends when they moved away...hugging these friends when seeing them again...eating ice cream in France on the beach...I have been to so many places where my hearts still can take me and in the end I can only state that force of the word truth is so overpowering and that indeed happiness and sadness do belong together in order to be in balance. Thank you Matt Haig and Chris Mould for an other gem but this is surely one that I will glady read over and over again!
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  • Gilly
    January 1, 1970
    [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.After coming across the character of the Truth Pixie in Matt Haigs trilogy of Christmas books I eagerly awaited the release of this book.The wait did not have me disappointed at all. This tiny treasure is told in a rhyming story which was beautifully executed and well handled. The story is for younger children but I'd argue adults wil [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.After coming across the character of the Truth Pixie in Matt Haigs trilogy of Christmas books I eagerly awaited the release of this book.The wait did not have me disappointed at all. This tiny treasure is told in a rhyming story which was beautifully executed and well handled. The story is for younger children but I'd argue adults will love this and learn too it carries an important message of acceptance, friendship and self confidence. This little pixie can only tell the truth and she feels it's a curse till she meets Aada a sad little girl but the truth pixies truth turns out to be a blessing for them both. This book is outstanding many adults who have read it say as a child they would have got so much from this book and I couldn't agree more. I read this after losing my Mum who passed away suddenly and I will admit this book made me cry but in a good way. One quote said There will be people you love who can’t stay forever , there will be things you can’t fix even though you are cleverThis was so true my Mum had died she couldn't stay forever but even though I'm clever I can't fix this. This book was made for adults to read to their children together and I've heard now that adults are keeping the books and carrying it with them. It's a small book with a very big punch . Chris Moulds illustrations are marvellous as ever and the candy cane striped spine is just so cute. This book I bought for myself and it will remain with me to reread over and over again. A well deserved 5 stars.
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  • Mardi
    January 1, 1970
    Matt Haig has been reading me to sleep every night this week. Alexa (my Echo Dot) keeps telling me I've finished this book and that she's starting from the beginning but I always fall asleep before this 22-minute gem is finished. I think I'm going to continue to do this every night. I've seen lots of posts online from parents of kids with Autism saying that reading this to them is very calming. It has certainly influenced my sleep and how I've felt when I woke up in the morning!
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  • Matt Rhoades
    January 1, 1970
    Utterly charming and beautifully illustrated tale of a little pixie who can only ever tell the truth. At first, it seems like a curse for the the little creature, but when by chance she meets Aada, a sad little girl, the pixie's truthtelling turns out to be a gift for both of them.This charming book is a great way to teach children that it's natural to have bad feelings sometimes but these feelings are rarely permanent and things get better, but not always in the way you might expect.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    A brilliant book for younger children, both Daisy and myself loved the candy cane book spine and decided we would both like to read it. I thought it would appeal to Daisy's sensitive side and couldn't resist reading it myself as had heard so much about it.The Truth Pixie is a lovely story that carries an important message about friendship, acceptance and self confidence. I think this would make a fab Christmas present and conveys a brilliant message for children and adults alike.
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  • Martha Mae
    January 1, 1970
    Everyone and their dog should read Matt Haig. Do I HAVE to rant about my love for children’s book AGAIN? Fab way to drill positivity into children’s lives early. Teaches them to cope with difficult situations from a young age; I wish I could’ve had it when I was a little girl. Will keep my copy forever and read it to my own babies. Xxx
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  • Gisele
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars...this would have rated a perfect 5 stars if it had flowed more easily between the beginning and the ending...it felt a little like it was written by 2 different people. That did serve to contrast the dark of sad and the light of glad.I love Matt Haig...and I love that I have a good friend that knew I needed to read The Truth Pixie!
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  • Steph
    January 1, 1970
    Just incredible. I love the poetic, rhyming style of this book, the incredible illustrations and the absolute championing message of this book. I definitely cried when I read this (aloud to myself, so what of it?) because no one is too old to hear this advice, ever. Off to buy another copy for school.
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  • MaasMadness
    January 1, 1970
    possibly the best kid's book i've read all year? this one is DEFFO going on every list i make. look out for my 2018 wrap-up, will be posting blog link on here. man oh man, get this one for your kids for xmas, kids books don't get better than this. so looking forward to story time with this one (and the questions after!)
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    Totally overrated! A sweet enough book with a couple of poignant lines, but I didn’t think the rhyming was very good and the storyline wasn’t that magical. I have liked Matt Haig’s adult books and I feel this one will be selling purely because of the popularity of those. A tenner for a very small book too!
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  • J A Clay
    January 1, 1970
    Charming. Clever. Profound. I read this book to my kids in one sitting and they were gripped the whole way through. Haig has successfully woven some valuable wisdom about how best to regard negative events, into an enchanting story that young children will remember. Very impressed.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Loved "Reasons to Stay Alive," by Haig and was so excited to preorder this for my daughter. It arrived today and we've read it no less than four times this evening. Truth be told, this book is as good for adults as it is for children. Maybe even better.
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  • Sandra Armor
    January 1, 1970
    Such an important lesson in this book. Today may be dark, but it won’t always be that way. Lovely rhymes (and lessons) from Matt Haig. Gorgeous illustrations from Chris Mould. A book that every child and parent should read together.
  • Natalie Breton
    January 1, 1970
    I wonder who started telling children that they should always be happy? Unhappiness is more common than happiness. I believe one should be content. I like the little Fairy! I understand how she feels. :-)
  • Susie
    January 1, 1970
    What a beautiful, beautiful book. Matt Haig is a genius, creating a book with a deeply important, profound message that is accessible to all. I will be using this for many of my children in school. Amazing!
  • Samantha Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Outstanding. I would have learned so much from a book like this as a child. I am so grateful to be able to share something so meaningful with my own child, to help him grow and learn to deal with the trials and tribulations that life might bring. Thank you Mr Haig. This is incredible
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  • Danboughen
    January 1, 1970
    Perfectly timed release as my children are going through a tough time right now. This book is beautiful. Honest but with the underlying positivity that makes Matt Haig's books so good. I love it, the kids love it, we read it twice the day we got it and at least once each day since. It's great!
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  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    This should be part of the school curriculum for all children. Wonderfully illustrated, and pure brilliant writing of such a crucial message.
  • j a s m i n e
    January 1, 1970
    Such a great kids book on anxiety! Highly recommend !
  • Sian
    January 1, 1970
    "You'll never know happy unless you know sad."
  • Mrs Claire Milne
    January 1, 1970
    Lovely inspiring little book that I read to the rest of my family tonight. Will be purchasing more as Christmas presents as it sends a positive message to all reading it.
  • Bev
    January 1, 1970
    Charming rhyming story sure to raise some giggles and the illustrations are wonderful.
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Fantastic story! My 7 year old loved it, it's so true to life for him right now being anxious, thank you! Great read
  • Ineke
    January 1, 1970
    This may be a children's book, but it's such a good reminder that it's OK and normal to have bad days and that things aren't always easy but those things help you appreciate the good!
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