Fairy Dreams by Gwyneth Rees Evie’s grandmother is a firm believer in fairies, to her daughter’s annoyance. She lives miles away, so when she suddenly has to go into hospital, Evie and her mother stay at her house. There Evie meets Star and Moonbeam, two dream fairies, who tell her that magic beds (which must be made by someone who believes in fairies and slept in by three people who do) are connected with Dreamland, the dream fairies’ part of fairyland. Evie wonders if they can somehow help her grandmother, who cannot sit up or even speak, but of course fairies cannot interfere in human matters of life and death. Star wonders if perhaps they could arrange for her to visit fairyland, and suggests Evie write a letter to Queen Celeste about it.

Evie meets Harry Watson in hospital – he is the craftsman who made the magic bed, many years ago, and he still believes in fairies, often being visited by dream fairies Sky and Twinkle. Once they even sent him a birthday card, which could be read only by moonlight! He is really a very kind old man, with plenty of both common sense and “fairy sense”.* It is only with Harry’s help that Evie finds a way to post the letter to Queen Celeste, and arranges for the magic circle which will transfer the dream magic from her grandmother’s bed to the hospital bed.

Evie thinks dream fairies must be very busy, making magic potions and so on, but Star sets her straight: “Mostly what keeps us busy is all the parties we have to go to.” Moonbeam agrees: “We have to make a different party dress for each party and it takes ages to sew on all the sequins” Queen Celeste won’t let them make their dresses sparkle with fairy dust, but has a different rule for shoes, as Evie later discovers.

Dream fairies love chocolate of course – especially violet creams – and they bring some treats from fairyland on tiny star-shaped plates – magic fruit biscuits, which taste like your favourite fruit, cloud-burst sweeties and cloud tarts.

In a very special dream, Evie visits her grandmother in Dreamland, where she is staying in the dreamkeeper’s cottage, which is surrounded by yellow flowers (her grandmother’s favourite). She is very happy to see her looking strong and normal again, and they have tea in the garden, and a serious talk about her grandmother’s illness, and Evie is able to say a proper “forever goodbye”. She finds later that her mother also visited the cottage and she and her mother were able to say the important things to each other too.

Evie leaves her old dolls’ house at the bottom of the garden for her grandmother’s flower fairy friend Buttercup, and when she looks through the window she sees that all the old plastic furniture has gone and in its place are “the sweetest little beds and tables and chairs, all carved out of bark. All the curtains and rugs and bedcovers were made out of flower petals….[the kitchen is] well-stocked with tiny nuts and berries and pine kernels and other fairy titbits”.

* “Fairy sense” – “most humans have too much common sense and not enough fairy sense, and Queen Celeste says it’s not worth showing them round fairyland because afterwards they’ll just think they’ve dreamt the whole thing.” Earlier Moonbeam mentions how cross they get when humans think they have dreamed a visit by dream fairies (usually fairies prefer humans to get such notions – but the fairies in these books clearly feel very safe around them).

This book is one of the Fairy Dust Fairies series.