Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Format: Large hardcover
Released: October 23rd, 2014
Amelie and Nanette are very excited! Christmas is coming, and they are busy making their fairy costumes for the party at school. There are cakes to bake and paper chains to make too. But on the day of the party, poor Nanette starts to shiver and sneeze - and has to stay at home! They are both very sad, but when Nanette gets better, a special fairy comes to visit, and Pilou the dog delivers a sack full of cards from her school friends!
I like the Amelie and Nanette picture books because they focus on friendship and how important it is. Sophie Tilley both writes and illustrates these books, including more text than I'm used to in picture books. I think it's great, though - there's more room to tell a longer story and really get to know Amelie and Nanette. And the illustrations are so whimsical!
In Snowflakes and Fairy Wishes, best friends Amelie and Nanette are preparing for Christmas and the school Christmas play. They have costumes to make, food to bake, a tree to decorate and lots of time to spend with each other. It doesn't all go quite to plan though, and that's when the girls really find out what true friendship is all about.
Young readers will love Amelie and Nanette and all their Christmas excitement, particularly because it's so relatable at this time of year. Their friendship is a special one which is lovely to see, and I like that Tilley has chosen to put so much focus on friends and being there for each other. Christmas is a time to spend with your loved ones, after all.
Snowflakes and Fairy Wishes is the best Amelie and Nanette book so far, and is filled with subtle illustrations infused with Christmas magic. Reading this will almost definitely make everyone wish it was December already, with Father Christmas and his reindeers just around the corner ready to deliver lots of presents, snow and carols. It's a great festive read with lots to enjoy, and has the added bonus of featuring two likeable girls with a strong bond that will most probably last forever. Great stuff.