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Tuesday 14 September 2010

Review: The Complete Adventures of Blinky Bill

Title: The Complete Adventures of Blinky Bill

Author/Illustrator: Dorothy Wall

Publisher: HarperCollins, $14.99 RRP

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780732284350

For ages: 7+

Type: Picture Books

About: Re-released today as a paperback novel, Dorothy Wall's most beloved and classic koala is back in The Complete Adventures of Blinky Bill. But not to worry, Wall fans, the author's iconic illustrations are still featured in this 'older' edition as black and white ink drawings that are beautifully reflective of the original very colourful illustrations.

One of Australia's best loved (and best selling) books for children, this junior fiction version about a little koala and his bush friends - Mrs Kookaburra, Mrs Magpie and Mrs Grunty are favourites I remember well - is sheer delight for kids of all ages.

Encapsulating the real Aussie bush and its marvellous creatures in stories of adventure and friendship, it really is a must-read - and all hail to HarperCollins for leaving Wall's original dialogue untainted.

This version is suited to older readers - around 8 to 12 - and won't fail to enchant today's kids as it did the children of yesterday. Long Live Blinky.
This book is available online