Review Blog

Oct 28 2013

Sparkly shoes and picnic parties by Sophie Tilley

cover image

Amelie and Nanette series, bk 1. Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2013. ISBN 9781408836620.
(Age: Low to mid primary) Juvenile Fiction. Pictorial Works. Author and illustrator Sophie Tilley's love of fashion, beauty, crafts and country-style living is immediately evident in the design of this beautiful book. The hardback cover has a natural linen finish, decorated with gorgeous sprays of flowers framing an image of main characters Amelie and Nanette enjoying a picnic in the countryside. The book is beautifully illustrated and I found myself quickly transported to Amelie's and Nanette's favourite hideaway in the meadow, a big tree overhanging a gentle stream. Surrounded by the richness and jewels of a majestic natural world, it seems perfectly fitting for Amelie and her best friend Nanette to be wearing dresses threaded with ribbons and roses - and their prettiest shoes - to celebrate a special Picnic Party. But the day does not go entirely to plan when Amelie's very large and mischievous dog Pilou makes a 'surprise' visit.
The adventures of Amelie and Nanette in this charming new series about friendship, fun, creative imagination and the beauty of nature - will enchant young girls in the low to mid primary year levels.
Michelle Hunt

Archived Blog Entries
Latest News
Prime Minister's Literary Awards shortlist 2020
Teens' Top Ten 2020
Blue Peter Book Awards shortlist 2021
Children's Book Award UK 2020
Little Rebels Award 2020

ReadPlus Features
Print similar authors bookmark
Read similar authors
How to find lesson plans
Sample theme animation

Promote Reading
Feel good and uplifting books for staff
Online Children's Storytime Websites List
Free Rights of the Reader Poster
Children's Laureate's charter