Ollie’s Magic Bunny by Nicola Killen

9781471167966

Published by Simon & Schuster, 2019.

Ollie’s Magic Bunny is a gorgeous springtime picture book; there are daffodils, baby birds in nests, April showers and, of course, rabbits. Ollie and her toy bunny have been waiting for the rain to stop. They want to go outside and play in the puddles. They’ve not been outdoors for very long when a magical gust of wind whistles past. A blossom petal lands on Bunny’s nose and brings him to life. He jumps out of Ollie’s arms, chasing after some other rabbits. Soon he’s out of sight. Ollie must find and rescue him: their adventure has begun!

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The illustrations are a delight. Nicola uses a lovely muted grey and white colour palette with spring-green and daffodil-yellow details. The book’s cover and some of the pages also sparkle with gold foil. There are clever peek-through cut-outs throughout the book too. Dressed in her rabbit costume, Ollie looks really cute and her toy bunny is adorable too. I also liked the visual reference to Nicola’s earlier book in the series, Ollie’s Christmas Reindeer; there’s a little reindeer snow globe that’s just in view on the final page.

Ollie’s Magic Bunny is a heart-warming tale that any child with a beloved cuddly toy will relate to.

Rating: 💙💙💙💙

Suitable for children aged 2+

Thank you to Simon & Schuster for sending me this book to review.

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