Appearing in an amazing 'Amelia Fang' outfit, Laura looked absolutely wonderful! Her session was fun from start to finish, with lots of audience participation.
Laura's love of drawing and the influence of stories like 'The Witches' and 'The Worst Witch' from when she was younger have obviously helped her imagine her wonderful new series about Amelia Fang, a young vampire whose parents (the Count and Countess) hold an annual Barbaric Ball. Amelia hates going to the ball... and this year, things in Nocturnia do not go according to plan!
Laura showed us how to draw Squashy (Amelia's pet pumpkin) and then we created some fabulously Repugnant Recipes like those included at the end of the story. There was so much laughter and enjoyment as everyone shared their ideas.
I was really delighted to meet Jamie Littler, illustrator of 'The Secret Diary of John Drawbridge' and 'The Secret Diary of Jane Pinny' who was in the audience. It's amazing who you meet at Bath Festival Events!
'Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball' is a beautiful book with a shiny cover and orange-edged pages. Full of quirky and funny pictures, I can't wait to read it!
'Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball' Laura Ellen Anderson
Egmont ISBN: 978-1405286725
You can read a review of 'I Don't Want Curly Hair', one of this year's shortlisted picture books, by Laura Ellen Anderson here.