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
Amelia Fang is the biggest hearted vampiress you'll ever meet. In this adventure, she and her friends Florence the yeti (DON'T CALL HER BEAST), Grimaldi the Death and Prince Tangine (reformed spoiled sprout), along with her pet pumpkin Squashy, must brave the journey to the terrifying Kingdom of the Light to try to find Tangine's missing mother, Queen Fairyweather. But with unicorns, fairies and angel-kittens lurking around every corner, who can they trust? And will they finally uncover the real villain keeping the kingdoms of Light and Dark as mortal enemies?
Join Amelia on her latest adventure. She won't bite!
Have you read Amelia's first adventure, Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball? When she's not trying to take over the world or fighting sock-stealing monsters. Here's a trailer:
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.
|Publication date:||8th March 2018|
|Author:||Laura Ellen Anderson|
|Illustrator:||Laura Ellen Anderson|
|Publisher:||Egmont Books Ltd an imprint of Egmont UK Ltd|
|Suitable for:||7+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Genres:||Adventure Stories, Fantasy / Magical, Humorous|
|Recommendations:||Books of the Month, eBooks|
|Other Categories:||Reviewed by Children|
Laura Ellen Anderson has illustrated many picture books, including CBeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell's Snowflakes and many others. She is also the creative tour de force behind Evil Emperor Penguin, and is the illustrator of Bloomsbury's very own Witch Wars series, which has sold over 30,000 copies. Laura has also worked for Scholastic, Penguin Random House and Orchard Books. I Don't Want Curly Hair is her first written and illustrated book with Bloomsbury. Laura lives in London.More About Laura Ellen Anderson