Book Review – Tilly and the Bookwanderers by Anna James (Pages & Co 1)

pages&coA magical adventure to delight the imagination. A curl-up-on-the-sofa debut from a uniquely talented author.

Eleven year-old Tilly has lived above her grandparents’ bookshop ever since her mother disappeared shortly after she was born. Like the rest of her family, Tilly loves nothing more than to escape into the pages of her favourite stories.

One day Tilly realises that classic children’s characters are appearing in the shop through the magic of `book wandering’ – crossing over from the page into real life.

With the help of Anne of Green Gables and Alice in Wonderland. Tilly is determined to solve the mystery of what happened to her mother all those years ago, so she bravely steps into the unknown, unsure of what adventure lies ahead and what dangers she may face.

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Simply put, this book is middle grade perfection! It’s just fun. And light hearted despite the sinister notes sometimes. Plus the UK hardback is genuinely one of the most gorgeous books I own. Which is always nice 😉

Tilly is a good lead – brave and daring and a little tempestuous. She comes across as the 11 year she is too, which I liked – sometimes characters seem too old. I also liked Oskar as her friend, though that was more as the book went on, initially I was less convinced. Actually with Tilly it was a little similar but mostly only because were told she doesn’t really have any friends and won’t make the effort with a girl she’s grown apart from, but I didn’t really feel that come across much, it felt a bit more for information. But that’s honestly my only niggle.

Pages and Co is a bookshop I wish I knew, I desperately want to go, even if I can’t bookwander when I’m there! It sounds perfect – multi storey and with a cool cake bit and slightly higgedly. Lovely. I also want a pop cake quite badly.

I didn’t feel like the plot was anything too surprising, but it didn’t have to be – it’s a gorgeous environment, mixes the real with the magical (I always love this), and is a homage to book lovers everywhere. You’ll feel like you want to join Tilly even if you’ve not read the featured books!

Next book please!

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