AMELIA, THE VENUTONS AND THE GOLDEN CAGE Evonne Blanchard Illus. CreateSpace (62 pp.) $10.95 paperback, $4.99 e-book ISBN: 978-1-5236-3671-6; March 15, 2016

A lively sequel offers a sure-handed blend of fantasy, humor, adventure, and an ingenious heroine.
In this second installment of a space-travel fantasy series for young readers, a little girl and her purple alien pal visit Venus.
At the end of the first book in Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures chapter-book series, the 8-year-old title character returns from a trip to the moon with her new friend Uglesnoo, a three-armed visitor from Pluto. The two are working their way through the solar system (one planet per volume, it seems) to locate items necessary to save Uglesnoo’s sister from an “endless sleep” and to find an antidote for the rafter-raising snores of Amelia’s sibling. Next stop: Venus, to collect “20 Bliss Bubbles” in exchange for 10 boxes of “Moo-Bon” candy, acquired from the Moochin moon dwellers as a reward for helping them reclaim their underwater Sapphire Palace. Venus is home to catlike “Venutons,” who breathe out silver “bliss bubbles” while sleeping. (These can be cut and knotted at the ends like balloons. The deeper the sleep, the larger the bubbles.) Awakened, the Venutons make it clear that bliss bubble collectors are not welcome. After betrayal by cave-dwelling rabbit creatures, imprisonment in a rolling golden cage shaped like a giant ball of yarn, and a tussle aboard Uglesnoo’s spaceship with one last vengeful Venuton, the pair escapes thanks to Amelia’s quick thinking. Dispensing with the realities of planetary science, Blanchard (Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace, 2014) has fun with her imaginary solar system and its inhabitants. Readers should, too. But as wacky as things get (chocolate rain from an “Interspecies Feeder”), Blanchard also delivers thoughtful balance (“The stars scattered like spilled sugar in the inky darkness”). She grounds her plot, too, in Amelia’s relatable moments of uncertainty and her ability to use her head to solve dilemmas as well as in helpful reminders of the escapade’s central purpose: curing Uglesnoo’s sister. Motz’s full-bleed, cartoon-style illustrations, mixed with variously colored text-only pages, reflect the book’s offbeat appeal.
A lively sequel offers a sure-handed blend of fantasy, humor, adventure, and an ingenious heroine.
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Review of ‘Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage’ by Evonne Blanchard.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage is a wonderful children’s book that will allow your kids to get your kids started the Sci-Fi genre. The illustrations are of an average quality, although, vibrant colors did get my kids very excited. For a Children’s book, the number of pictures in the book are on the low side. It did, however, allowed my kids to use their imagination to play out the scenes in the story, which is preferable. The story is intriguing and well thought out. All in all, the author did a great job of creating an engaging story that kept my kids interested. We are definitely looking forward to the next book!
About the Book

Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage
by Evonne Blanchard
Publication Date: March 15, 2016
Genre: Children’s Book / Fantasy / Science Fiction


Uglesnoo needs Amelia’s help. His sister is very sick. The only cure is a repelling crystal from Neptune. With his Earthling friend, Amelia, they must continue their quest. More items are needed to buy the crystal. But Venus is full of danger and angry aliens. Are Uglesnoo and Amelia in over their heads?

KIRKUS REVIEWS – Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace by Evonne Blanchard

Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace by Evonne Blanchard

Released: Jan. 19, 2015

“Appealing illustrations combine with lots of text to make this a great read for children transitioning from picture books to chapter books.”

In the first installment of Blanchard’s 10-part picture-book series, 8-year-old Amelia embarks on an outer-space mission with her alien friend Uglesnoo. Read full book review >

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