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Sunday, June 7, 2020

Book Release: Bad Fairy by Elaine Kaye

Today, I have a new book to tell you about:  Bad Fairy by Chrys Feye's mom, Elaine Kaye. Read on to learn some new fairy words!

Title: Bad Fairy
Series: A Bad Fairy Adventure (Book One)
Author: Elaine Kaye
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Fantasy Middle Grade
Length: 66 pages
Age Range: 8-12

BLURB: Thistle Greenbud is not a bad fairy. She simply doesn't like rules, and it's just her luck that her homework is to create a new rule for the fairy handbook. But first, she has more important things to do. Like figure out how to get back at Dusty and Moss for playing tricks on her.

Before she can carry out her plan, though, disaster strikes and she finds herself working alongside the very fairies she wanted revenge on. Can they work together and trust each other, or will things go from bad to worse?

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When you write for children, you get to make things up and let your imagination run wild. For fairies, I didn’t want to use the same sort of terminology and popular phrases that kids use these days, because fairies wouldn’t know them! So, I decided to create fairy alternatives. I had fun coming up with phrases like okum sokum and boogles, two of the most commonly used words by Thistle and her friends.

To get hip with fairy language, check out these words and their definitions.


Batty Eye - a facial expression of disgust or distrust.

Boogles - darn it, dang it.

Flea Fit - an outburst of anger.

Flutters - what the girl members of the Flutter Club call themselves.

Fuddlebug - similar to “boogles,” it means “shoot” or “crude.”

Moon’s Day - the Greek name for Monday.

Okum Sokum - pronounced oh-com so-com, it is the Flutter’s rallying cheer and means “YESSSSSSS!!!!”

Saturn’s Day - the Greek name for Saturday.

Speckles - amber pieces of fossilized tree sap used as money.

Spoogling - when a bad fairy throws rocks at another fairy while they’re flying.

Sun’s Day - the Greek name for Sunday.

Twisty - a tornado


“Now on to the subject of my tardiness. Dusty and Moss have struck again.”

The Flutters jump up. “Now what?” Those words echo in the clubhouse.

All of us have one thing in common—our dislike for Dusty and Moss. We are almost convinced they are related to trolls. As I tell them what happened, they sit on the edge of their chairs.

“They spoogled me!”

“Isn’t that dangerous?” Lilly asks.

“You bet. A pebble could’ve torn my wings. Then Moss grabbed my wing and flung me into a fern bush. See the tear in my shirt?” They get up to look. “Right now, I could be lying in the fern bush or on a hard leaf at Fairyview Hospital.”

Lilly stands up, facing the other Flutters. “We have to get even!” She raises a clenched fist.
“I agree,” I say.

“Well, it can’t be today,” Clover interrupts. “I need to get home before my mom throws a flea fit.”

“I told my mom I wouldn’t be gone long, too,” Rose says. “She has a punishment all planned out if I’m late. I’ll have to pull thorny weeds from the flower beds.”

“Ouch,” we say in sympathy.

“As President, I end our meeting. I can’t get a Flutter in trouble. We will meet tomorrow morning. Now let’s go home.”

We start to zoom off in different directions.

“And watch for Dusty and Moss!” I warn.

“Okum sokum!” they holler back.


3 Signed Paperback Picture Books –
Pea Soup Disaster, Doctor Mom, The Missing Alphabet

Eligibility: International

Number of Winners: One

Giveaway Ends: July 1, 2020 12:00am Eastern Standard Time



Elaine Kaye is the author of A Gregory Green Adventure series. She first created Gregory Green after her son, who loved her homemade pea soup, thus inspiring the story Pea Soup DisasterBad Fairy is her middle grade debut and the first of A Bad Fairy Adventure series.

Kaye has worked as a library assistant and teacher’s assistant in elementary schools in the Sunshine State. She currently lives in Florida, but she has called Michigan; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Okinawa, Japan home. She is a grandmother of three boys.


  1. Congratulations to Elaine!
    I might have to try some spoogling.

    1. Thanks, Alex!

      Oh, but spoogling is a no-no to fairies.

  2. The new book sounds delightful and the cover is beautiful. Congratulation Elaine!!

  3. Congrats to Elaine, Chrys has a very talented mother.


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  5. Thank you so much for featuring my mom for Bad Fairy, Sherry!

  6. Hi, Sherry! Thank you for having me on your blog for my debut middle grade book. I always appreciate your support.

  7. Bad Fairy sounds like such a fun read! Love the fairy slang, too. Many congrats to Elaine!

    1. Thank you, Heather! I'm glad you like the fairy slang.

  8. Congratulations to Elaine!

  9. Lovely! And I'm keeping FUDDLEBUG in my dictionary

  10. Some slang attract my attention, one of them is "okum Sokum."

    Thank you for sharing your post.

    1. "Okum sokum" is so much fun to say. My editor would end all of her emails with it. haha

  11. Congratulations to Elaine! Sounds a good read.

  12. Congrats, Elaine! Kids will be enchanted by this.

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