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Tilly and the Bookwanderers

Pages & Co., Book 1
Narrated by: Aysha Kala
Series: Pages & Co., Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
Categories: Children, Ages 8-10
4.5 out of 5 stars (34 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A magical adventure to delight the imagination. A curl-up-on-the-sofa snuggle of a 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 walking’ - 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.

©2018 Anna James (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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A gem!

What a great find. Both my daughter and I loved this story. A must listen!!!

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  • 22-09-2019

Painfully slow start

Kids lost interest. I wanted to poke my eyes out for the first 3/4. Then it got somewhat interesting and kids became engaged but never fully took advantage of that and abruptly finished. Performance was pretty unbearable to listen to.

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Very clever

My two loved this book - being familar with Alice in Wonderland and Anne of Green Gables definitely helps so make sure your children read/listen to them beforehand. I have boy/girl twins and we all loved listening to this book (including me!) - it is really gripping and a pleasure to listen to, with lots of twist and turns to keep you on your toes.

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AMAZING

I loved the story it ticked all the boxes with suspense mystery and magic it was great I loved it ps I’m 10 years old :)

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Engaging beautifully read adventure

Review from a 7 year old boy...

“This book will make you want to keep on reading and never stop. “

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Sweet but Simple

This was a nice story. An interesting concept but a little undercooked for me. I felt the key parts of the story unravelled rapidly and the rest was just a lot of padding. Of course it was written for children so maybe I was expecting too much. However I wondered how 9&10 year olds would relate to the underlying story of the Mum falling in love with a fictional character. The references to Pride & Prejudice, Sherlock Holmes and, to an extent, Treasure Island, would most likely also be lost on them.

On top of that, the Tilly/Mum reunion felt very tokenistic, rather glossed over, and altogether, rather lacked emotion from any of the characters, Tilly, Mum, best friend, or Grandparents. A bit of surprise felt like the main emotion expressed in regard to the mother's return.

I think it would have been nice to have developed the plot a little more and either woven in more classics or developed the intrigue and depth in the adventures within a single book. The split focus between Alice and Wonderland, The Little Princess and, more briefly, Anne of Green Gables, didn't really resolve itself all that well, I thought.

In the audio version, the reader had a lovely voice and was nice to listen to for the most part but her accent voicing was a little on the weak side. She appeared to struggle with the way the a number of characters used the word "why" to start sentences and this often resulted in the word being disjointed from the rest of the character's sentence and thus receiving undue focus. She also fell back on the stereotypical about/aboot Canadian accent which felt wrong for the character. She is usually played with a more British accent and if anything, Prince Edward Islanders have an Irish twang I believe. To my knowledge, "aboot" is more characteristic of central and southern Canadian provinces and it just felt out of place in this context. Furthermore, the reader struggled to provide more masculine voices which resulted in it sometimes being difficult to tell the grandparents, in particular, apart when they were both in the same scene. I found these issues all quite distracting.

Overall, it wasn't a bad read but I'm interested in getting a review from some of my 8-10 year old students, so watch this space.