Pages & Co Tilly and the Lost Fairytales | Anna James | Review

“‘That sounds like an excellent plan,’ Bea said. ‘There are no rules for reading, after all.’





Tilly Pages is a book wanderer; she can travel inside books, and even talk to characters she meets there. But Tilly’s powers are put to the test when fairytales start leaking book magic and causing havoc …

On a wintery visit to Paris, Tilly and her best friend Oskar bravely bookbinder into the land of fairytales to find that characters are getting lost, stories are all mixed up, and mysterious plot holes are opening without warning. Can Tilly work out who, or what, is behind the chaos so everyone gets their happily ever after?


Just when I thought I could not love this series more, I picked up this book. Wow, I loved the first one but I absolutely adored this one even more!

Firstly can we just discuss the naked hardcover and the illustrations within this book, they are absolutely amazing. I found myself turning the pages and hoping for another illustration that I could obsess over. Honestly they are so beautiful, each and every one of them and it really adds to the experience of reading this book.

Again, I was immersed in the story from start to finish and I read this in a couple of hours. Once I am in this world I really struggle to leave it as I love it so much. I love Anna James’ writing style and her imagination to create this kind of story is amazing. This sequel picks up from where the first left off, some of the unamsered questions are answered and the plot progresses from the moment you open the book.

I love the return of Tilly and Oskar, I love their relationship. They really are a dream team. I really enjoy watching their relationship develop, and love the adventures that they take us on in both books. We get to know Tilly;s mother who was a major character in the last book, she kind of takes a back seat in this one however we see how she copes from the aftermath of the last book and I really liked that element in this book. We also get introduced to new characters, I hate Melvin. Anyone else? I enjoyed having a character to dislike and to really route against throughout. What a horrible man.

We meet Anne of Green Gables again, and we discuss the green hair incident. Now I can appreciate this mention even more as I have recently read the book. I kind of missed the references in the first book as I hadn’t read it but it made me love this book even more. I also love that this book is based on fairytales. All of my old favourites were bought into this book including; Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk – I could go on. I love watching Tilly and Oskar meeting the characters during their bookwandering and listening to the story again, like I am back in my childhood. What really did make me laugh was how sassy Rapunzel and Goldilocks were made to be. Honestly, so funny to read and I am sure many adults of my age will appreciate it. I loved being taken back to my childhood and listening to the fairytales and meeting those characters all over again.

To top it all off, a lot of this book is based in PARIS. Yes, PARIS.  I love Paris it is such a romantic and magical city so I feel like it is perfect for Tilly and Oskar to have visited. It really added to the mysterious and magical effect that I believe Anna James was trying to adapt. It was so perfect.

I don’t rate middle grade books 5 stars as I am not the target audience and do not feel I appreciate some of the things that the author is trying to achieve. However Tilly and the Lost Fairytales is hands down a 5 star read and I cannot wait to read the next book. If you do anything in the new year make sure you invest in this series, you will not regret it.

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