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Book Review: Tilly and the Lost Fairytales By Anna James

img_0031Tilly and the Lost Fairytales By Anna James
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s Books
Release Date: 19th September 2019

Tilly Pages is a bookwanderer; she can travel inside books, and even talk to the characters she meets there. But Tilly’s powers are put to the test when fairytales start leaking book magic and causing havoc . . .

On a wintery visit to Paris, Tilly and her best friend Oskar bravely bookwander into the land of fairytales to find that characters are getting lost, stories are all mixed-up, and mysterious plot holes are opening without warning. Can Tilly work out who, or what is behind the chaos so everyone gets their happily-ever-after?

After reading the first instalment of Anna James’ Pages & Co series, Tilly and the Bookwanders, I knew that I would be picking up its sequel as soon as possible. As a result, I only had a wait a month until my local library informed me that it was ready to come and collect and it wasn’t long until I found myself over halfway through! Set a few months following Tilly and Oscar’s first adventure, it is now the Christmas holidays and Tilly is off to Paris with Oscar to visit his dad but before that, there is already trouble arising in the underlibrary with the previous head librarian, Amelia, being forced to step down and an election has to take place.


For me, I adored the idea of entering fairytales, after all, they are the one type of story that nearly everyone has read or heard and as pointed out in Tilly and the Lost Fairytales, there isn’t always a distinct origin to them. Fairytales often have many different authors and have many different variations to the same story which is why I was intrigued with how Tilly and Oscar would find them when they inevitably entered them.

Now, I don’t want to write too much as I really don’t want to spoil anything for anyone who hasn’t picked up this terrific sequel but I have to say I really loved how Anna James deals with the family relationships in this novel. Although Tilly has her Mum back, I like how Anna didn’t make an instantaneous bond between the two and act as if Bea had been there all along. I like the acknowledgement rather than the brushing over of their relationship and the emphasis that Tilly still looks to her Grandparents as they are the ones who raised her.


Overall, I have to say that Anna James has created a series for children which will capture their imagination and make them begin to wish to be bookwanderers themselves. Having the protagonist as Tilly, a child that isn’t entirely perfect, aka she acts like any other normal child would, makes reading these novels even more enjoyable. Funny, clever and incredibly witty, I enjoy how the traditional stories such as Fairytales that we all know are interwoven into the Bookwandering narrative and am eager to find out what happens next for the Pages & Co gang.

Have you read Tilly and the Lost Fairytales? What did you think? What fairytales would you like to wander into?

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