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A GORGEOUSLY GOTHIC, WICKEDLY FUNNY NEW SERIES FROM WITCH WARS ILLUSTRATOR LAURA ELLEN ANDERSON


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!


This gloriously ghostly new series from the creator of EVIL EMPEROR PENGUIN is perfect for 7-9 year olds and fans of THE WORST WITCH and WITCH WARS. Amelia Fang is a modern Wednesday Addams - but much more loveable!


Look out for Amelia's next adventure, AMELIA FANG AND THE UNICORN LORDS, coming soon!


Praise for Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball:


'Brilliantly imagined . . . laugh-out-loud funny' Sunday Express


'The perfect mixture of funny, foul and fearful' Metro


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 & illustrator, with an increasing addiction to coffee. 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 creator of EVIL EMPEROR PENGUIN and illustrator of WITCH WARS, as well as many other children's books. AMELIA FANG is her first series as author-illustrator.

Look out for book two, Amelia Fang and the Unicorn Lords!

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This is Book 1 in the The Amelia Fang Series Series. See all The Amelia Fang Series books here.

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11th September '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball 9781405286725
5 stars
A grotesquely great book! Get ready to meet Amelia Fang-A vampire, Florence Spudwick-A rare breed of Yeti, Grimaldi Reaperton- Junior Grimreaper and a host of wonderfully imagined characters on an adventure that could only take place in the dead dark of the night...
Amelia Fang needs to save her bouncing pumpkin pet Squashy from the palace of the spoilt-sprout ,Prince Tangine. How she does it and how she teaches the Prince a valuable lesson manners, friendship and acceptance is the main thrust of the book. This is a gorgeous book full of adventure, friendships, secrets, disgusting food, monsters, a well mannered ghost butler and ghouls...
The book is extremely eye-catching, I love the cover, the black, grey and white artwork with the orange foil details looks absolutely scrumptious!!!
The introductory pages showing the map of Nocturnia and drawings of all the characters with their likes and dislikes is brilliant!
The book is enjoyable to read, it’s basically charming and disgusting in equal measures! I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading Amelia Fang & The Unicorn Lords and Amelia Fang & The Memory Thief.
5⭐️ + 2⭐️ For the gorgeous artwork.
18th June '18
I read it to AnnaC aged 8 aged 8
Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball 9781405286725
5 stars
we loved Amelia Fang from the minute we started reading Amelia Fang and the Unicorn Lord, so we couldnt wait to get stuck into this one, which is the first in the series. Its a funny story set in Nocturnia, a land of dark, where Amelia's family, the King and Queen of the land, are holding their annual Barbaric Ball. Its slightly gothic and black in places but not at all scary. 
22nd February '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball 9781405286725
5 stars
melia and her family live in the gorgeously gothic world of Nocturnia where school is at night and dinner time at 4 am because well, the reason being, ok I’m just going to say it out loud and quickly, they are actually vampires. But fear not this is after all a story for younger readers, so our vampires are not blood drinking monsters instead they are more likely to be found eating ‘Flabbergasting Falafels’ and drinking ‘Scream Tea.’ So please don’t believe everything you read in stories, I mean how scary can they possibly be when these vampires are terrified of glitter and frightened of unicorns!! Amelia is just like a normal girl, she would much rather hang out with her best friends, her pet pumpkin Squashy, Florence the Yeti and Grimaldi the reaper than dance at her parent’s boring Barbaric Ball. But she soon has greater problems on her hands than avoiding the ball when the spoilt prince of Nocturnia captures Squashy and refuses to give him back. It’s up to Amelia and her friends to plan a daring rescue but what they discover on the way is that the Kingdom of the Dark is not as it may seem!
Exquisitely produced with the most intricate and humorous of details you can’t help but fall in love with the world of Nocturnia. Children will delight in the wonderfully gruesome details, who could resist reading about feasting on toe jam or worms on toast just to give you a tiny insight. Laura’s intricate and entertaining illustrations capture brilliantly Amelia’s magical home of Nocturnia and the chaos and excitement of their adventure unfolding. However this story isn’t simply a spooky, hilarious tale of a daring escapade, there is a lot more to this tale than meets the eye. Amelia makes a discovery that challenges her very way of life and everything she has been brought up to believe, but instead of shying away from the truth, she accepts it and tries to get others to embrace those who are different instead of living in fear. Laura has created a charming, irresistible story filled with the most appealing and likeable characters which is bound to captivate and enchant readers.
26th March '18
I read it to Leia aged 6 aged 6
Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball 9781405286725
5 stars
I read this to my 6 year old daughter. We have already read a book in this series so she was already familiar with the characters. She adores the illustrations. Essentially the story is about friendship, about how there are reasons for the ways people behave and the importance of sharing. So, even though it's set in a land where they like to eat bogies and are looked after by mummy maids, we could relate to the story itself. Lovely book, good for children beginning to read more independently.
20th October '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball 9781405286725
3 stars
A beautiful story of one girls determination to stand up for whats right. When Amelia Fangs pet pumpkin gets given to a spoilt neighbour by her parents, Amelia does all she can to get him back. With the help of some hilarious friends, she is intent on getting back what is rightfully hers.
Ideal for children just starting to enjoy chapter books.
11th March '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball 9781405286725
3 stars
It was useless for Amelia to speak to her mother about what she wanted. Being a Fang meant countless vampiress etiquette lessons, cobwebbing practice and never-ending preparations for the Barbaric Ball. Sometimes Amelia wished she belonged to a different family.

This is the debut middle-grade novel from Laura Ellen Anderson, who most people might already know because she is the illustrator for the Witch Wars series by Sibéal Pounder. The illustrations are one of the highlights of the books with Anderson creating interesting, sympathetic characters with Amelia Fany, a young vampires, her pet Squashy, an adorable pumpkin, Grimaldi – a rather wimpy grim reaper who is practising by reaping the souls of frogs and Florence, a giant special type of yeti who cannot stand being called a beast. In the story, Amelia’s life is turned upside down when the King and his spoilt son decide to visit in the lead up to the event of the year, the Barbaric Ball. Amelia and her friends set off to put things right, leaving chaos in their wake…

Amelia and her friends loved reading stories about the dreaded Creatures of the Light: The gruesome glittery unicorns (Nocturnians were TERRIFIED of glitter), the evil sparkly fairies and the cute and fluffy angel-kittens of terror. It was the stuff of daymares.

What I liked: Charming illustrations, will be a hit with the audience who already love this style of illustrations and the quirky humour in Sibéal Pounder’s  Witch Wars series. I did find the quirky writing style in Witch Wars and Amelia Fang a bit hit or miss, but I know it goes down really well with the 7-8 year olds I teach so I’m not going to judge too harshly!
I loved the supporting characters, particularly Amelia’s friends, Florence the special type of yeti, Grimaldi, the grim reaper in training (practising on frogs) and Squashy, the cutest pumpkin pet you could imagine.

Even better if: I would have liked it is there had been a bit more discussion about Tagine’s behaviour – why were the adults so quick to give him everything he wanted? I also felt like this book didn’t have a proper resolution – in fact it seemed to spend the last part setting up for the next book.

How you could use it in your classroom: Would make a fun read-aloud for the lead up to Hallowe’en. Would also be a good recommendation for any children who have enjoyed Witch Wars.
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