PAGES & CO: TILLY AND THE BOOKWANDERERS (Book 1) by Anna James (Audiobook Review)


Pages & Co book1Format: Audiobook

Source: RB Digital

Publisher: HarperCollins

Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Fiction

Narrator: Aysha Kala

Length: 7 hours 18 minutes

Publication Date: 18th September 2018

Synopsis/Blurb (Goodreads):

“A 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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My Thoughts & Review

I love it when a randomly picked book turns out to be a good read. This was another one of those books that I had no plans to read anytime soon but just downloaded to as I needed an audiobook and for my travels.

This was a perfect book to just to listen to while strolling around and getting a few errands done, as it was an easy read and didn’t require much concentration.

I loved the concept of being able to wonder into your favourite books, just by reading it out loud. Isn’t it what most of us book lovers dream of. In this book we follow Tilly (Matilda) and her friend Osker who go in search of Tilly’s mum, who disappeared when Tilly was a baby. I won’t go into too much details of the plot. Isn’t it what most of us book lovers dream of.

The characters are so cute. They were well thought out and so likeable. Tilly was my favourite, she reminded me of myself when I was that age, a young girl who loved reading and always had piles of books waiting to be read.

It was great to see some familiar children’s books from my own childhood being mentioned as well as discovering some new ones that I haven’t read yet. You can definitely tell this book is written by a book lover. This is apparent when you read the descriptions about the Pages & Co. bookshop.

There were some predictable parts in the book but it still didn’t put me off reading it, which doesn’t happen often.

All in all this was a wonderful read that gave me a warm and cosy feeling, thanks to the magic as well as being a being a book about books. Having enjoyed this first book I can’t wait to read the next book. Highly recommend, for any aged book lover!!

My Rating


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