Lily lives with her Dad in a tiny elf house, hidden under a bridge in a busy city. In the moss garden behind the house there is an even tinier house called a granny flat, home to Lily’s granny.
One morning Lily is playing a butterfly game in her room when Dad pops his head around the door. “I have some news for you” he says. “Aunty June and Uncle Tiddles are going to a concert tonight and they need someone to look after your cousin Fern. So I said she could stay with us.” “For a sleepover?” asks Lily.
The anticipation of a sleepover is one that a lot of us know about with small children – the excitement, the planning and of course the actual event. This is a lovely book which would be great for emerging young readers. It has simple text with clear illustrations giving the young reader an opportunity to form their own ideas of how an elf should be dressed and in what colours.
I read this book to 5-year-old Abby. She loved the story as she has a vivid imagination and actually has a fairy door in her room. She is slightly too young to read this series of books to herself. The book has simple sentence structure which meant that Abby did recognise a number of the simpler words. It won’t be long before she is reading books herself for pleasure. Abby packed this book into her overnight bag to take home before I had finished the review.
Reviewed by Christine Frayling
Lily the Elf – The Sleepover
by Anna Branford, illustrated by Lisa Coutts
Published by Walker Books