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I do not recommend it. Scary pictures and a lot of "oooohh, pffff, boom, gggggrrr" on each page, and filled with useless american expressions, it will bring no value add to your child's reading comprehension, nothing to learn from it.
3.0 out of 5 starsNot for us but I’m sure fans and confident readers will enjoy it!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 September 2019
The Amelia Fang series is very popular with year 3 and year 4 children (especially the girls) but it isn’t one I see the appeal of as an adult I have to admit! Amelia is a pumpkin living little vampire who is on her fifth adventure now and is heading to the Yeti mountains to celebrate a very important yeti birthday. But trouble starts when some yeti treasure goes missing... My 8 year old granddaughter isn’t a big reader so books have to be something special to capture her attention. She enjoys the Isadora Moon books so thought she may enjoy this one too. The book itself is beautifully presented with gorgeous blue edges but she did struggle with the storyline as it was very “full” and too much going on for her. She also struggled with words being spelt the way the characters said them which also confused her a little as she’s only just really learnt how to spell and sound them out properly. For a confident reader who has followed the series so far, I’m sure it will prove to be a hit but if your little one is a reluctant reader then this may not appeal. I’m sure the toilet humour will go down well though!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 September 2019
I was asked if I’d like to review Amelia Fang and the Lost Yeti Treasures (The Amelia Fang Series), by Laura Ellen Anderson and I said yes.
This author is a professional children's book author and illustrator. She created the Evil Emperor Penguin, and is the illustrator of Witch Wars. The series about Amelia Fang is her first as an author-illustrator, and this book is the fifth in the series.
Amelia is a young vampire who lives in Nocturnia. She has a pet called Squashy he’s a pumpkin and has two best friends Florence and Grimaldi.
I’m not going to say anything about the story as I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who wants to read it.
This is a great little story by the author. Great descriptive work and she’s given her characters plenty of depth.
The illustrations are in black and white.
At the front of the book, you’ll find a map of the Yeti mountain pits and the Ancient Yeti residents, there’s also a couple of pages introducing the main characters of the story.
You’ll find a pages at the back of the book advertising the series so far and a page advertising the next book on the series.
This book is a paperback and has 224 pages. Reading age for this is from 7 to 10 years.
I've read this to a class of 8-year-old children. They loved the story and illustrations, and are now looking forward to the next in the series.
I received this book a while back, knowing that my girls have enjoyed other horror-lite stories - books which introduce kids to famous creatures of horror, such as ghosts, zombies, and vampires, but in a safe way. I had held off on giving them this until World Book Day 2020 rolled around and my youngest picked an Amelia Fang book with her school token because she liked the artwork and the blurb. Having enjoyed that outing, she was delighted when I produced The Lost Yeti from our Treat Box.
This story sees Amelia and pals heading off to a Birthday bash in the mountains, only to become embroiled in a plot involving treasure thieving, yetis, and burping. The two books we've read so far have a lot of charm and easy humour which the girls enjoy, with plenty of silliness and adventure. The central gang are a lively bunch of individuals, and the additions in this book - particularly Clemence - caused quite a few giggles.
Anderson benefits from being both the writer and artist in her books, meaning her full creative and artistic vision makes it from brain to paper without one of the middle men some authors usually contend with, and I find this often allows ideas and narrative and characters to flow more freely and feel more authentic. In any case, it's another book my girls have enjoyed and of course they are keen to read others in the series.
5.0 out of 5 starsFantastically Wintery adventure for Amelia & the Gang!!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 3 October 2019
There is such fun and laugh out loud moments of silliness from Birthnight bums and ‘I‘m gonna call you Dave’ to a Willy Wonka inspired elevator and fizzy lifting drinks style element, and a Titanic inspired moment that had me setting myself. Laura Ellen Anderson continues to deliver on the deliciously twisted and nonsensical fun. Florence is possibly my favourite character from this series and this book celebrates her Yeti-ness with appearances from other rare breeds of Yeti too including her grandmother and father. Whilst friendship and learning to get along and choose kindness has always been central to the Amelia Fang books The Lost Yeti Treasure is exceedingly clever in how Laura Ellen Anderson helps the young reader to resonate and work through problems with friends in their own lives in a beautiful way exploring the problem with a no-blame mindset but pursuing a solution that works for all rather than one or none and is written in such a way that it feels natural rather than ‘After School Special’. Both my daughters (6 and 3) adore AmeliaFang and this has been no exception, we thoroughly recommend this fantastically funny book!!
4.0 out of 5 starsCharming Addition to the Amelia Fang Series
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 1 February 2020
From the Back Cover - " Amelia and her friends are at a special yeti birthday party, deep in the pits of Yeti mountain. But when precious yeti treasures go missing and the mountain starts to crumble, Amelia has to find out what's going on before it's too late."
We thought this was a charming addition to the Amelia Fang series. Although Florence is our second favourite character in the series (after Amelia) I was worried that a lot of Yeti SHOUTING in the book would be annoying, but fortunately I think the balance is about right.
As always the gorgeous illustrations add to the story and we especially like the intense close-up of Tangine's face which made us jump a little then laugh. There's also a new map at the beginning of the story - The Yeti Mountain Pits - be warned it takes quite a while to read what all the different pits are.
The overall story is quite funny, we chuckled in a few places and the mystery is suitably mysterious though we think they (Amelia, Florence and Grimaldi) should have worked out the more obvious clue earlier on. As a mum I also liked the way it dealt with how friendships can evolve and change. On the whole I thought the story worked well.
My only niggle is that not all of the jokes are consistently carried through. Don't want to spoil so am being vague here - but at the beginning during the yeti party a few ongoing jokes are set up but they're not all mentioned again which I thought was a pity. They pop up when the yetis get together in a group and are usually just in background conversation but I thought it was a nice touch for adults who are reading the books to their children. Towards the end of the book the mystery becomes the main focus of the story and other tiny plot and character points are forgotten. I don't think it will bother younger readers, it's just something that tickled me whilst reading and I thought could have been included again at the end.
Overall - Another charming addition to the Amelia Fang series. We look forward to the next one.
4.0 out of 5 starsMy six year old really enjoys it
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 February 2020
My six year old daughter really enjoys these longer books. She finds them quite funny and engaging and certainly not scary, despite the gothic-lite illustrations.
Essentially, these books (or at least the parts I've read with my daughter) have some kind of social, family or friend issue in need of resolution. There's a few unusual characters, with spooky stereotypes being inverted and made the main, sympathetic characters. The illustrations are dotted throughout and help to keep the story moving.
These Amelia Fang books are at least a little different to anthropomorphic animal stories, so I'm grateful for that!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 September 2019
Amelia Fang is a young Vampire girl with a pet pumpkin. In this story she goes on a stay in some Yeti caves with her friends and family to celebrate an elderly relatives 300+ birthday, and the story unfolds as some problems come up with the caves starting to crumble and so on. It’s an entertaining read, if you’ve read others in the series then you’ll know what to expect. It’s at a good level for readers wanting chapter books but still enjoying illustrations. Challenging at times because of how the vampire speech can be written to show their accents etc (eg birfday not birthday) which can take some getting used to but does add character. The illustrations are great and overall an entertaining read especially if your child likes vampire themes with humour
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 September 2019
The illustrations and unusual layout grab the attention – 3 Stars
The presentation of this book is exceptionally good. The cover illustration, in black and azure, really stands-out, and the blue/green edging to the pages is very attractive. Inside, the attention to visual detail continues, and with numerous illustrations, change in font size, and some pages being white-on-black, this is a book that grabs your attention.
The story is an entertaining enough, and with plenty of humour centred around bodily functions (burping etc.), it’s likely to appeal to many youngsters. Friendship is a big theme in this book too, and Amelia has friends that come in all shapes and sizes. The only reason I gave this just three stars is that it includes a lot of poor English language, and although this was a reflection of the way characters spoke (dropping aitches etc.), I found it extremely annoying.