Amelia Fang And The Trouble With Toads is written and illustrated by Laura Ellen Anderson, and published by Egmont.
The Amelia Fang Series is TOADALLY amazing, and a new book has just been released: Amelia Fang And The Trouble With Toads – who else is excited?!
So far, there have been six other books in this bewitching series which have all been packed full of Amelia and her friends’ astonishing and amusing adventures,now we can see what they got up to next! In this book we meet Amelia Fang’s new baby brother Vincent (who is rather smelly and snotty), and even though she loves him very much Amelia would like some time with her friends. Unfortunately, on the night of Grimaldi’s birthnight party, her mother, father and butler wooo all get frankenflu so Vincent has to come with her. Babysitting her brother turns out to be quite a difficult task when suddenly Vincent rolls away and into the toad afterlife, so Amelia and her gang of monstrous friends must go after him!
Laura Ellen Anderson is a brilliant author and illustrator who’s written almost 45 fabulous children’s books! And this is one of her best yet! It’s such a shame that the Trouble with Toads is the last planned Ameilia Fang, however the series has ended on a high.
I love the illustrations in this series, they are so cool and fun. Even though they are black and white, they feel vibrant and full of life; the Ghoulish Greetings gallery at the start is my absolute favourite – seeing Ameilia and all her friends and family is great, whilst seeing their likes and dislikes is very amusing. Another thing I find hilarious are the chapter titles, Laura Ellen Anderson has come up with 18 witty and wonderful phrases to make you laugh. Not only this, but the weird words and names throughout the book are the best I especially love “darkling” and “toadstar”.
Laura Ellen Anderson has developed a distinctive story with delightfully wacky characters. Even though it’s “only a children’s book”, every single character is a totally believable, distinct personality, and every book in the Ameilia Fang series has its own differences with new characters and adventures every time. Now, although Squashy is my favourite character (because who doesn’t want a pumpkin pet) Amelia Fang is enchantingly realistic, she’s just like any other child wanting to play with her friends and eat delicious foods(and of course fart jokes are extremely funny), she is an exceptional friend, daughter and sister, who is cheerful, funny and loyal but still makes mistakes, so not only is she relatable but also a great role model for readers.
This would also be a great book for any children with younger siblings, or who are expecting new younger siblings, as they will be able to read it and go “I understand that, my sibling/s do that too” (as I personally have 4 younger siblings, including a baby brother, I TOTALLY relate!), and being able to relate to book characters is amazing. And it will also teach them that, no matter how annoying they’re siblings seem, if they weren’t around they would be exceptionally upset, because they love them.
I would recommend this book for all libraries, primary schools and homes. Ameilia’s adventures would be a FANGTASTIC read for all children and parents. It would be a great read for kids just starting to read for their selves, or for parents to read to your kids. Also, if anyone, like me, gets a bit scared at horror films and books it would be a great read to relax you and get you smiling.
I am so happy I got to take part in a book tour for such an awesome children’s book. Thank you for letting me participate and make sure to check out everyone else’s stellar reviews. This review has been featured in Twinkl’s ‘A list of Books for Children’ Blog /blogs https://www.twinkl.co.uk/blog/a-list-of-books-for-children