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Book Review: Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball by Laura Ellen Anderson

Aww this is so cute.

amelia fang

“Welcome to the world of Nocturnia, where darkness reigns supreme, glitter is terrifying, and unicorns are the stuff of nightmares! Amelia Fang would much rather hang out with her pet pumpkin Squashy and her friends Florence the yeti (DON’T CALL HER BEAST!) and Grimaldi the reaper than dance at her parents’ annual Barbaric Ball. And when the King’s spoiled son Tangine captures Squashy, Amelia and her friends must escape the party to plan a daring rescue! In their race against time, they begin to realise things in Nocturnia may not be quite what they seem . . .


Join Amelia on her very first adventure. She won’t bite!”


Fans of Chris Riddell’s Goth Girl series, the Worst Witch or Witch Wars will love this one, it’s a super cute intro to all things dark and mysterious. Amelia Fang is a vampire, her parents are vampires. The King and the Prince are vampires. But there is no blood drinking, this is a kids book. From ghost butlers to Grim Reapers with EyePhones, there is something here for everyone. Plus plenty of extra bogie jokes too.


Since it’s aimed at the younger end of the middle grade audience, we can forgive it for being a bit basic in text. The illustrations are gorgeous and more than make up for it. Spoiled Prince Tangine is a brilliant invention, a wonderful way to teach kids about sharing and being nice to each other but also a great book for introducing kids to the idea of inherited prejudices and how wrong they can be. Just because you’re scared of something, doesn’t mean it’s evil.

Pet pumpkins, Bake Off references and a severe phobia of glitter, this is basically a universe I want to live in. Maybe minus the glitter phobia, some times a bit of glitter is the best. Especially if it’s black glitter. 3 stars.

3/5 ***


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