REVIEW: The Smallest Bilby and the Easter Tale by Nette Hilton and Bruce Whatley

Published:  20th February 2012

Publisher: Working Title Press, Imprint of Harper Collins Australia

Pages: 32

Format: Hardback Picture book (Borrowed from Library)

RRP: $24.95

4/5 Stars

It’s the night before Easter and for the first time Billy and his band of little bilbies must deliver the eggs. ‘This is fun,’ they sing as they hide eggs here and there and up and down. But when one of the bilbies gets into trouble, only Billy knows what to do.

 

 

 

Following on from where The Smallest Bilby and the Easter Games let off,The Smallest Bilby and the Easter Tale is Bilby’s first official outing as the Easter Bunny-Bilby. Full of Nette Hilton’s quirky humor and quick thinking, combined with Bruce Whatley’s easily recognisable illustrations, this picture book is sure to delight small kids far and wide.

Sticking with their unique Australian tale, The Easter Bunnies have stepped down and let the winners of the Easter Games, the Bilbies carrying on their legacy. Stepping up to the plate, with such big shoes to fill is daunting for all the Bilbies, especially for Billy Bilby who takes his leadership seriously and with so much pride. As their first Easter approaches, the group have trained hard and are ready to succeed in their first Easter mission; they almost do until there is a slight mishap and then it takes all of their combined efforts to bring the mission home successfully and without any of the Easter magic disturbed.

What I love about these books (both the Easter Games and Easter Tales) is how uniquely Australian they are. Not only do they feature the Australian animals heavily through out the books, but the landscape and overall feeling of the book is clearly recognisable as simply Australian. By featuring and highlighting animals such as the Bilby, Hilton and Whatley are also doing their bit in educating young Australians on our own flora and fauna, while opening discussion areas with their parents about the Bilby and their endangered species position. They are also super cute and just a delightful twist on the overdone, traditional Easter picture book.

All in all, The Smallest Bilby and the Easter Tale is a another great addition to any child’s growing library and it suited to a young child’s imagination, love of magic and the mystery of Easter, and just a general feel good story that will delight and educate at the same time.

To read my review of The Smallest Bilby and the Easter Games, click here.

To purchase a copy of The Smallest Bilby and the Easter Tales, visit the following online retailers:

Amazon AUSAngus & RobertsonBooktopiaDymocks | Harper Collins Australia

 

To learn more about Nette Hilton, visit the following social media pages:

NETTE HILTON’S WEBSITE |

To learn more about Bruce Whatley, visit the following social media pages:

Bruce Whatley’s Website|

 

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