|Cunningham, Valentine. "Soiled Fairy: The Water-Babies
in its Time," Essays in Criticism Vol. XXXV, No. 2 (April 1985):
Cunningham analyzes many of the causes and issues Kingsley treats with heat and hysteria in The Water-Babies declaring that they frequently coincide with the age’s heatedness and hysterias for these causes and issues. Cunningham also discusses The Water-Babies’ various affinities to other classic fairy-story motifs.