Published: 4th February 2008
Publisher: Working Title Press, Imprint of Harper Collins Australia
Format: Hardback Picture book (Borrowed from Library)
4/ 5 Stars
When the rabbits decide to stop delivering Easter eggs, all the bush animals want to be the new Easter Bunny. After all, Easter wouldn’t be the same without eggs! But how can the rabbits choose the best animal for the job? The lop-eared rabbit has an idea – and that’s when the Easter games begin.
The Smallest Bilby and the Easter Games is a delightful book for kids of all ages this Easter.
When gossip that the Easter Bunnies have quit spreads through the bush like wildfire, the animals begin to panic and scramble for information. Disappointed, the Easter Bunnies sadly admit the bush gossip is true and that they are dreadfully tired and need a break. The rest of the animals beg for the chance to become the new Easter Bunny; so the old Easter Bunnies put them to the test to find out who is really up to the task of becoming the next Easter Bunny. What ensures is a hilarious tale about personalities, uniqueness and acceptance with a good dose of Easter humor thrown in for good measure too.
The Smallest Bilby and the Easter Games is a really cute and well executed festive book; with a format and story that I think many on the contemporary market are still trying to emulate to various degrees today.
Nette Hilton’s text is clean, clear and concise, however the story is a bit wordy with each text page having anywhere from two-five paragraphs. That said, the story reads effortlessly and quickly, with much dialogue and action taking place, allowing the storyteller freedom over the story’s delivery as well.
Bruce Whatley’s illustrations both complement Hilton’s text, and bring the story to life further by emphasizing the humor of the text, and bringing to light the Australian bush and animals in a playful and unique way.
For the most part the book features a double page spread with one page of text and a small drawing, with an almost full page illustration boxed in a black outline on the accompanying page. The use of the white border and background helps to emphases the narrative and illustrations equally, making the book less crowded.
All in all, The Smallest Bilby and the Easter Games is a playful tale that is sure to bring laughter to a household near you this Easter.
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