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Laura Ellen Anderson is the illustrator of many children's books, including Snowflakes, written by CBeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell. She is also the creative tour de force behind the Evil Emperor Penguin comic series, and the Amelia Fang series, as well as the illustrator of Bloomsbury’s very own Witch Wars fiction series, which has sold over 80,000 copies to date. Laura has also worked for Scholastic, Penguin Random House and Orchard Books. I Don’t Want Curly Hair(Bloomsbury) was her first authored picture book. Laura lives and works in London. Follow her on Instagram.
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2020 | March 2020 Book of the Month | There’s lots of fun in this entertaining story about a little girl who doesn’t want to be quiet until she discovers just what can happen if you are quiet. And how much fun that can be in a different way. “ I don't want to be quiet,/ I’d rather be LOUD!/ I want to be HEARD and/ stand out from the crowd!” But that is not popular in a library! Can she be quiet? Yes she can! There’s a good lesson for all about the value of listening.
MEET AMELIA FANG A plucky little vampire who's just like you and me . . . Amelia Fang is feeling anxious. Everyone in her class has to write their own stories and read them out loud to the class - but for the first time ever, Amelia has run out of ideas! And she doesn't feel like she can ask for help. So she decides to gets some inspiration from one of the many books in Loose Limb Library. But when Amelia and her friends get there, the gang discovers big bite marks in every book! Bookworms have invaded and they chomp through EVERYTHING and EVERYONE in their path. How will Amelia save all the books - and her friends - before it's too late? Sink your fangs into the exclusive World Book Day edition of the hilarious and charming AMELIA FANG by bestselling author and illustrator, Laura Ellen Anderson - perfect for readers of 7+
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month February 2020 | March 2020 Book of the Month | With a new baby on the way Amelia’s mother is too busy to do much. So it is up to Amelia and her friends Florence and Grimaldy to look after the sweet little caticorns. What can be hard about taking care of the cute looking Gerrard, Butler and Mo? Amelia is keen to impress all with what a great big sister she will be but looking after the very naughty carticorns turns out to be very hard indeed!
A cry of frustration that will be familiar to every child, ‘I don’t want to be small’ here becomes a celebration of imagination, friendship and learning to be happy with who you are. Our hero is fed up being small, and designs a variety of ingenious ways to get tall quick. When none of them work, he throws his teddy up in the air in exasperation, only for the poor bear to get stuck in a tree, too high to reach. Even the nice girl who offers to help isn’t tall enough, though perhaps together they can solve the problem. Beautifully child-centred, this is immense fun to read aloud and Laura Ellen Anderson’s illustrations are full of energy and charm.
Fang-tastic for newly confident readers, these gorgeously illustrated stories are full of excitement, and little vampire Amelia is as cheerful, resourceful and generous heroine as you could want. In this adventure she and her friends are heading off for a week away with the rangers. They’re expecting outdoor games and activities, but end up teeny-tiny thanks to a curse, a curse they can only lift by mending a broken heart. They do of course, and make lots of new friends along the way, including a regal bee and kind-hearted mermaid. With a fabulous set of characters, these stories are always lots of fun, a quirky mix of the everyday – feelings and friendships – with other-worldly, slightly ghoulish goings-on. Laura Ellen Anderson has lots of fun with the plots and language, and these are deservedly popular. Readers who enjoy Amelia’s escapades will also enjoy A Moon Girl Stole My Friend by Rebecca Patterson.
March 2018 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: gothic fun and games with gorgeous cast of characters There’s a wonderfully eccentric Addams-family-esque cast of characters in Laura Ellen Anderson’s gorgeous new series, the special friendship between them giving these little stories real oomph. In this episode little vampire Amelia heads out of Nocturnia into the very different world of the Kingdom of Light. She’s accompanied by friends Florence the Yeti, Grimaldi and Squashy, her pet pumpkin, as well as Tangine – the plan is to find his missing mother, Fairyweather, who disappeared when Tangine was just a baby. An unfortunate altercation with a grumpy wishing well means that the grown up in the party is quickly transformed into a bee, so the little group are on their own. The stories are told with real style and humour; the illustrations, also by Laura Ellen Anderson, are equally delightful and this is a great new series. ~ Andrea Reece A series to recommend to fans of the Witch Wars or Isadora Moon books.
Amelia Fang - a little vampire with a big heart! And this is the first in the series of the book where we meet her. Amelia lives with her parents Count Drake and Countess Frivoleeta, and her pet pumpkin Squashy, in Nocturnia - a city in the Kingdom of the Dark, where glitter is terrifying and unicorns and sparkly fairies are the stuff of day-mares. Amelia and her best friends Florence the yeti (NOT a beast!) and Grimaldi the reaper may want to spend their time watching Deathflix at Fang Mansion, munching on Unlucky Arms cereal or toe-jam on toast, but they can’t help falling into the most gripping and ghoulish adventures. Whether it is saving Squashy from spoiled Prince Tangine, travelling to the petrifying Kingdom of Light to rescue Queen Fairyweather or finding the ancient yeti treasure in Yeti Mountain, the friends’ adventures are always howlingly hilarious and fang-tastically exciting. Books in The Amelia Fang Series: 1. Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball 2. Amelia Fang and the Unicorn Lords 3. Amelia Fang and the Memory Thief 4. Amelia Fang and the Half-Moon Holiday 5. Amelia Fang and the Lost Yeti Treasures 6. Amelia Fang and the Naughty Caticorns 7. Amelia Fang and the Trouble with Toads
What can a girl do when her hair is just so very, very curly? She tries smoothing it and stretching it and brushing it and weighing it down. Nothing works! The curls just come boooing back again. But is it better if you hair is absolutely straight? An ebullient picture book which captures the problem of hair in an entertaining and warm-hearted way. ~ Julia Eccleshare