Reader Reviewed The Adventures of Alfie Onion by Vivian French

The Adventures of Alfie Onion

Written by Vivian French
Illustrated by Marta Kissi

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If you love fairytales – and who couldn’t? – you’ll love this brand new adventure written by one of our most inventive and entertaining children’s authors. Magnifico Onion might be the seventh son of a seventh son but he’s been spoiled rotten all his life and is no hero, despite what his mum thinks. His little brother Alife however has all the qualities that make the youngest son a fairytale favourite. Together they head off in search of adventure and fortune. To find out which one gets to marry the princess and which one settles down with an ogress, you’ll have to read the book – and a real treat it is. A sparkling story that will leave everyone happy! ~ Andrea Reece

Readers who like this will also enjoy Kaye Umansky’s Pongwiffy series.

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Anya Fuller, age 8 - 'This book is good to read if you like magical stories and I like magical stories so I loved it.'
  • Erica Motoc, age 10 - 'It is a brilliant and amazing book!'
  • Oliver Lonsdale, age 8 - 'Crazy, funny book, the talking animals are the best.'
  • Daniel Bisland age 8 and Alexander Bisland age 10 - 'We recommend it to 7+ good, adventurous readers...We really like the illustrations and like what happened in the story.'

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The Adventures of Alfie Onion by Vivian French

A stand-alone comic adventure for younger readers by sublime storyteller Vivian French, with pictures by a talented new illustrator and animator, Marta Kissi. Alfie Onion has just set off on a great adventure ...but only to carry his brother's luggage. It's his elder brother, Magnifico Onion, who's destined to win their family a Happily Ever After. But when it turns out Magnifico isn't half the hero he's cracked up to be, it falls to Alfie to save the day - with a little help from his loyal dog, a talking horse, and a couple of meddling magpies.


A fresh, funny fairytale adventure with oodles of comic appeal. * The Bookseller * A sparkling story that will leave everyone happy! * Andrea Reece * I loved this! My first (yeah, sorry about that) Vivian French book. Not my last. [...]Even when you know who has to kiss whom, this is fun and exciting. Great stuff. And how to get round the seventh son nonsense. Cute and funny illustrations by Marta Kissi. * Bookwitch blog * This is no ordinary fairytale! [...] Vivian French re-creates the fairy tale genre with a host of engaging characters and talking animals, all desperate for a Prince to kiss a Princess. [...] A happy ending all round completes this alternative tale on the traditional form. What's not to like? Join the adventure. * IBW Children's Book Guide, The Bookseller * A hilarious fresh new take on the fairytale genre * Surrey Advertiser * The comedy is pitch-perfect and brought to vivid reality through Kissi's charming illustrations which make Magnifico look especially hilarious whilst sulking or stuffing his face with pies. The twists and turns along the way are just enough to keep a good young reader on his/her toes without making it unnecessarily complicated. I have to say this was a real treat and i'd love to see French and Kissi paired for more adventure tales. * SLA *

About the Author

Vivian French

Vivian French is a highly acclaimed children's author who has written more than 250 books during the course of her career, including Caterpillar, Butterfly, The Tales from the Five Kingdoms series and Yucky Worms. Her recent work includes the critically acclaimed picture book The Most Wonderful Thing in the World. Vivian teaches on the illustration course at Edinburgh School of Art, and helped to found the mentoring scheme Picture Hooks for aspiring young illustrators. She lives in Edinburgh. Read further information about Vivian French here.

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Book Info


192 pages
Interest Age: From 7 to 9 years


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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

5th May 2016




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