Sparkly shoes and picnic parties by Sophie Tilley

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Amelie and Nanette series, bk 1. Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2013. ISBN 9781408836620.
(Age: Low to mid primary) Juvenile Fiction. Pictorial Works. Author and illustrator Sophie Tilley's love of fashion, beauty, crafts and country-style living is immediately evident in the design of this beautiful book. The hardback cover has a natural linen finish, decorated with gorgeous sprays of flowers framing an image of main characters Amelie and Nanette enjoying a picnic in the countryside. The book is beautifully illustrated and I found myself quickly transported to Amelie's and Nanette's favourite hideaway in the meadow, a big tree overhanging a gentle stream. Surrounded by the richness and jewels of a majestic natural world, it seems perfectly fitting for Amelie and her best friend Nanette to be wearing dresses threaded with ribbons and roses - and their prettiest shoes - to celebrate a special Picnic Party. But the day does not go entirely to plan when Amelie's very large and mischievous dog Pilou makes a 'surprise' visit.
The adventures of Amelie and Nanette in this charming new series about friendship, fun, creative imagination and the beauty of nature - will enchant young girls in the low to mid primary year levels.
Michelle Hunt