Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball

Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball

Laura Ellen Anderson,

Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball

(Amelia Fang)

Egmont Books, 2017

ISBN 9781405286725

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Who Wrote It?

Laura Ellen Anderson lives in London and has been a children's book illustrator since graduating from the University of Falmouth, with a 1st Class Hons degree in Illustration in 2010. She has now taken the step of writing and illustrating her own books. When not working, Laura enjoys doodling for fun, making 3D models of her characters, creating Harry Potter fan art, baking and making ‘To Do’ lists. She has a golden Labrador called Scooby!

What's It About?

This is the first book in the Amelia Fang series. It is set in the city of Nocturnia, where darkness reigns supreme, glitter is terrifying, and unicorns are the stuff of utter daymares! Amelia Fang is a ten year old vampire, who would much rather hang out with her pet pumpkin, Squashy, and her best friends, Florence the yeti and Grimaldi, son of Death, than attend her parents' annual Barbaric Ball. But when the King’s spoiled son Prince Tangine steals Squashy, Amelia and her friends plan a daring rescue and they soon begin to realise that things in Kingdom of the Dark may not be quite what they seem...

Fact File

Fact 1: Laura’s second book in the series, Amelia Fang and the Unicorn Lords, is due to be published on 8th March 2018. There will be three books in the series.

Fact 2: Laura is the first female to have illustrated a Terry Pratchett book. She recently illustrated the covers of the new editions of Pratchett’s Tiffany Aching series, and illustrated 21 covers of the new editions of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five.

Fact 3: Laura is the creator of the Evil Emperor Penguin comic strip found monthly in The Phoenix. Evil Emperor Penguin is also available as two graphic novels.

Fact 4: Her debut picture book as author and illustrator, I DON’T WANT CURLY HAIR, was published in March 2017 and her second picture book in the I Don't Want... series is to be published soon.

Find out more about Laura on her website:

Twitter: @Lillustrator


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