Saturday, 19 April 2014
Review: Amelie and Nanette - Sparkly Shoes and Picnic Parties by Sophie Tilley
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Format: Large paperback
Released: March 13th, 2014
Everyone will be charmed by the wonderfully nostalgic, delightfully innocent and enchantingly carefree world of Amelie and Nanette. Their lives are rich with adventure, sometimes good, sometimes bad (and sometimes a little sad) but always mixed with laughter. From riverside picnics and seaside capers to cake-baking marathons and dressing-up, there's an adventure around every corner. And, even when things go wrong, there's nothing so awful that their friendship (and a big hug) can't make better.
Sparkly Shoes and Picnic Parties is the first in the new Amelie and Nanette picture book series by author and illustrator Sophie Tilley. The back cover says it has a vintage feel to it, and it really does - it's very quaint and quiet, if that makes sense, with lovely soft illustrations reminiscent of older children's books.
There's quite a lot of text in this book, as Tilley tells the story of best friends Amelie and Nanette. They've been best friends forever, and love buying new things and going on picnics. All is well until a dog steals Nanette's new red shoe and muddies Amelie's new dress - the girls are sad but a big, friendly hug soon makes them feel better!
I think this book would be a lovely gift for two beat friends, and it has the added bonus of a free set of notelets and envelopes included at the back. Girls in particular will enjoy this one, though obviously it has a universal appeal and anyone can read and enjoy it. I'm looking forward to more from Sophie Tilley and Amelie and Nanette, especially if future books are as charming as this one!