We're going on an egg hunt by Laura Hughes
Bloomsbury, 2016. ISBN 9781408870112
(Ages: 0-5) Lift-the-flap book, Counting, Easter. The bunnies are going on an egg hunt. They're going to find them all. And they're REALLY excited. As is obvious from the title, this is a twist on the classic We're going on a bear hunt, only here the hunt is for eggs. A family of bunnies living on a farm traipse through paddocks filled with lambs, chicks, bees and ducks on their hunt for Easter eggs. The Easter association with spring and new life is emphasised as the bunnies trek through natural environments filled with plants, flowers, insects, birds and animals. This book contains many small flaps, most of them hiding Easter eggs that children can find as they journey with the bunnies. The hidden eggs are numbered from 1 - 10 so that children can count along with each one they find. The wolf hiding behind the tenth egg is reminiscent of Wile E Coyote as he has set up a giant Easter egg and hides behind it to trick the bunnies into coming close. Moreover, just like Wile E Coyote, the wolf's plan fails and he ends up with the door to the bunnies' cosy cottage humourously slammed in his face.
The book itself is visually appealing with shiny foil detail on the cover and a gloss finish. Thick card pages and flaps make it hardy for young children. The busy, colourful illustrations are great and if children look closely they will be able to spot the wolf following the bunnies all around the farm. This is a shameless celebration of chocolate Easter eggs and the hunt that young children love about Easter. 'Hooray for Easter Day! . . . It's Easter eggs for tea!'.