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A grotesquely great book! Get ready to meet Amelia Fang-A vampire, Florence Spudwick-A rare breed of Yeti, Grimaldi Reaperton- Junior Grimreaper and a host of wonderfully imagined characters on an adventure that could only take place in the dead dark of the night... Amelia Fang needs to save her bouncing pumpkin pet Squashy from the palace of the spoilt-sprout ,Prince Tangine. How she does it and how she teaches the Prince a valuable lesson manners, friendship and acceptance is the main thrust of the book. This is a gorgeous book full of adventure, friendships, secrets, disgusting food, monsters, a well mannered ghost butler and ghouls... The book is extremely eye-catching, I love the cover, the black, grey and white artwork with the orange foil details looks absolutely scrumptious!!! The introductory pages showing the map of Nocturnia and drawings of all the characters with their likes and dislikes is brilliant! The book is enjoyable to read, it’s basically charming and disgusting in equal measures! I thoroughly enjoyed it. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading Amelia Fang & The Unicorn Lords and Amelia Fang & The Memory Thief. 5⭐️ + 2⭐️ For the gorgeous artwork.
My only one issue has nothing to do with the actual book so that is why it does not retract from the 5⭐️ review, It’s just that the copy that I received has the pages falling out so will be sending it back for a replacement copy.
I'm not going to lie, I've bought the whole of this series without having even read the blurb purely based on the beautiful cover and sprayed edges, and the fact that I love Laura Ellen Anderson's illustrations. So, I figured that it was about time that I read book one, and luckily I loved it!
In the Amelia Fang series, we follow the title character, a cute little vampire, and her friends in Nocturnia, where all things glittery and unicorn related are terrifying but blood and darkness are not! In book one, we are introduced to a whole host of brilliant characters from Amelia Fang to her pet pumpkin Squashy (he is so adorable!) as their world is turned upside down by the arrival of the spoilt Prince Tangine. However, all is not as it seems...
I adored this first book which really sets the scene for the series and makes you want to find out more. It is a very unique take on the cuteness of young reader books with the focus being on less traditional creatures for this age range. I would definitely recommend it, and can't wait to move on to book two!
This was a huge hit with my children. We struggle to find books they will read themselves. I started reading it aloud and the children begged me to keep reading and when i had to put the book down, I came back 10 mins later and found the older one reading aloud to her brother. Also, my son was initially not interested in the book as it had a female lead (something we're trying to address), but he was captivated by the story from page 1. Highly, highly recommend this book. It's great.
I have a 9 year old autistic son who has the mental age of 3.. He can not read.. Getting him into books is really hard... He loves anything to do with halloween and monsters so coming across amelia fang was soo great.. My son loves me reading them to him.. We do a chapter a night and he has to keep the book under his pillow. These books have really brought us together and given us mother and son reading time... Will have the whole collection very soon and be reading them for years to come...
My grandson has read this to me over a couple of weeks and we’ve both really enjoyed it. He even chose to do a slide presentation about it at school! Amelia & her friends, plus other characters from Nocturnia are highly compelling. We’re both looking forward to finding out if they help Prince Tangine to find his missing mother.
I’ve completely fallen in love with the land of Nocturnia! I’ve been reading this to my daughter, but she started reading it to herself and got ahead of me. I was so involved in the story, that I didn’t want to miss out! We can’t wait to get started on the second book! Funny, gothic and full of adventure!
Such a wonderful book. My daughter loved it and ended up dressing as Amelia for world book day. It's not your standard kids-lit book, and has a quirky story and quirkier characters. But it's all so light-hearted and lovable that we were banging on the door of Waterstones the day book 2 came out (it's great too!).