Amelia Fang is the wonderful vampire heroine of this series of books and I was so sad to hear that this is going to be the last of her adventures in Nocturnia. I am consoling myself with the thought that ‘maybe’ in the future she might have adventures elsewhere; after all it is just down to the phrasing of the information. Amelia has a fantastic group of friends comprising of Florence, who is a Yeti, Grimaldi, a reaper and Tangine, who is a vampire prince and not forgetting squashy, her pet pumpkin. We have followed this team as they have lots of exciting and often funny adventures with their respective families and communities.
In this latest story we are introduced to Vincent, Amelia’s baby brother! Anyone who has had children, or who has had younger siblings will probably have some idea of what this means. At the beginning of the story Amelia is looking forward to attending Grimaldi’s birthday party but when her parents go down with Frankenflu she ends up having to take Vincent with her and things go downhill after that. Eventually the friends take Vincent for a walk to keep him quiet, which seems to work, until he disappears from his pram. They track him to a swampy area which leads to the ‘Pond Beyond’, where toads go when they are squished; so of course they have to follow him. What follows is a great adventure as they meet new friends and find the missing Vincent. The problem is that there is supposedly no way back to their world, so how are they going to get home? You will have to read the story to find out if they succeed.
This series of stories with its lovable yet very quirky main characters has been a great hit with younger readers. In this particular tale we have a very strong theme about being yourself and also loving people despite some of the things that can irritate us. Both Amelia and some of the characters she meets in the Pond Beyond realize that the love they have for family member and friends transcends the issues they face, such as snot, dirty nappies, tears and just being clumsy. This is something that we as adults have learnt to realize, but for young children it is part of the learning process.We have been given a fabulous finale to this series, but I might just have to read them all over again.
Thank you to Egmont for a copy of the book and also for the image and information about the author.
About the Author
When she’s not trying to take over the
world or fighting sock-stealing
monsters, Laura Ellen Anderson is a
professional children’s book author and
illustrator, with an increasing addiction to
She spends every waking hour creating
and drawing, and would quite like to live
on the moon when humans finally make it
possible. Laura is the official illustrator of
the 2020 Summer Reading Scheme and is
also the creator of EVIL EMPEROR
PENGUIN and illustrator of WITCH WARS,
THE FAMOUS FIVE, Terry Pratchett’s
TIFFANY ACHING novels as well as many
other children’s books. AMELIA FANG is
her first series as author-illustrator.
You can follow her on @Lillustrator