Well according to the calendar, Spring has officially sprung and we can look forward to some glimmers of sunshine and possibly some Easter chocolate. If you are looking to give something a little longer-lasting and better for your teeth than an Easter egg, how about one of these bookish treats…?
The First Egg Hunt by Adam and Charlotte Guillain, illustrated by Pippa Curnick (Egmont Publishing)
Chick works hard all year round to make chocolatey Easter treats for all the woodland creatures and the Easter Bunny delivers them. Seemingly, the perfect team. But when Chick realises that Bunny is getting all the credit, she hatches a plan to make sure that her contribution is recognised too. Unwittingly, she invents the first ever Easter egg hunt! A cracking Easter treat for little chicklets aged 3 and up.
Hattie Peck by Emma Levey (Willow Tree Books)
All Hattie wants is an egg of her own to love but realises the only way she’ll get one is if she travels around the world collecting all the lost and forgotten eggs. This plucky hen will stop at nothing to ensure that all the eggs are rescued and loved. She hunts at the top of the tallest mountains and at the bottom of the deepest ocean before returning home to hatch her brood. A perfect book to discuss the idea of family and fostering with young children 3+.
Grab That Rabbit! By Polly Faber and Briony May Smith (Pavilion)
Hodge may be a happy rabbit, but Mrs Sprat is not a happy gardener; Hodge has eaten all the carrots she’d been planning to have with her tea. And now a rather plump Hodge is wedged in a gap in the bush. As Mrs Sprat struggles to capture him, a hungry buzzard is alerted to the possibility of a delicious dinner. Can Hodge escape before he ends up as someone’s tea? A mischievous tale with bite. A good choice for brave bunnies 3+
A Lamb Called Lucky by Helen Peters, illustrated by Ellie Snowdon (Nosy Crow)
With a vet for a mum and a farmer for a dad, Jasmine is used to looking after all sorts of animals. It’s lambing season and Jasmine already has two orphaned baby birds and a motherless lamb to care for. But some nocturnal farmyard visitors make her realise there are bigger dangers facing the flock. A warming story of Springtime on a farm, from a series of shorter chapter books for younger readers 6+.
Royal Rabbits of London: Escape From the Tower by Santa Montefiore and Simon Sebag Montefiore, illustrated by Kate Hindley (Simon and Schuster)
The second tale about the daring Royal Rabbits of London sees Shylo kidnapped and the crew hot on the tails of the foul Ratzis as they threaten to implement their terrible plot to cause chaos during a visit from the President of the United States. Full of clever jokes, action and some very dapper foxes. A brilliant read for children aged 7+.
So which of these will the Easter Bunny be delivering to your friends and family this year?
*Many thanks to the publishers who sent me these egg-cellent titles to review*