An irresistible new-baby story set in the fairy world.

Lilli-Pilli’s Mum is going to have a baby very soon. She is so heavy she can hardly fly. Lilli-Pilli is sure it is going to be a sister. She can feel it in her wings. But some of the other creatures in her world are feeling something different in their wings. Perhaps Lilli-Pilli isn’t so sure after all! From award-winning author Anna Branford, who is known for the delightful Violet Mackerel series.


Anna Branford was born in the Isle of Man and spent her early childhood in Sudan and Papua New Guinea before moving to Australia. Creative writing was her favourite subject at school and she wrote stories in all these different countries. Anna is a doll maker and a sociology lecturer at Victoria University. Violet Mackerel's Brilliant Plot was her first published work for Walker Books Australia and was Honour book in the Children’s Book Council of Australia, Book of the Year Awards, Younger Readers Notable Books for 2011.

Linda Catchlove produces botanical themed works with a whimsical twist. She began her artistic career firstly in Graphic Design, then spent a decade working for the Walt Disney Animation Studios in Sydney before pursuing her current career. She has studied Graphic Design, Horticulture and Botanic Art. Linda has been involved in various exhibitions in Sydney and Adelaide. Lilli-Pilli’s Sister is her first picture book.


Botanical artist and illustrator Linda Catchlove’s images complement the gentle tone of the story, while expertly showcasing the featured flora and fauna of the bush setting

Creative Kids Tales

Anna Branford of the adorable Violet Mackerel series has spun and woven her word-magic into a beautiful tale about a strawberry-blonde haired young fairy named Lilli-Pilli, who is eagerly anticipating the arrival of a new sibling. Linda Catchlove has created a collection of water-coloured mini-masterpieces, each oozing with soft dreamy detail, reflecting all the charm of the Aussie bush and its characters in much the same way May Gibbs managed to capture their very essence with her pictures and stories.

Boomerang Blog

The text is beautifully descriptive and the illustrations delightfully whimsical. A real delight to read and re-read.

Bug in a Book

This is a beautifully illustrated children’s book, a perfect tale to read with children expecting a new sibling.

Get Ahead Kids

A great book for young children who love fairies, or if you want to prepare to welcome a new baby into the family.

Kids Book Review

A sweet fairy story about a big sister waiting on the impending arrival of a new sibling, this delightfully illustrated picture book will become a bedtime favourite

Little Friends

Whether you have a child who is about to become a sibling, or if you have one who loves fairies, Lilli-Pilli’s Sister will make a gorgeous addition to any picture book collection.

NZ Booklovers

I especially enjoyed the Australian twist on traditional stories about pixies, and the art truly captures the imagination. I recommend this book for children, especially those whose mothers’ are expecting a younger brother or sister

NZ Booksellers Blog

Featuring charming illustrations from Linda Catchlove, this is a story for big sisters everywhere.


Small children and others will thrill at the depiction of the fairy family in their hippy guise, and ponder at the array of small things peering out of the dense scrub.

Read Plus

Lilli-Pilli’s Sister is one of those amazing children’s picture books that truly is made more powerful and delightful because of the combination of author and illustrator. Yes, I expected to like it, but I LOVE it, and I think kids will too. It’s the kind of story you finish with a swallow and a blink and a tremulous smile.

The Book Chook

The text is beautifully descriptive and the illustrations delightfully whimsical. A real delight to read and re-read. I am unashamedly a fan of Anna Branford’s work. Highly recommended.

The Kylie Verse

a gentle celebration of new beginnings.

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