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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Illustrated edition edition (1 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330538004
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330538008
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 0.3 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 514,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I've always loved writing stories - funny ones especially.
I try to make my books as exciting as possible because I know how much I enjoyed the books I read when I was small. I am very conscious that it's now my turn to introduce children to the joys of reading, and to create a book habit that will last a lifetime.
That doesn't mean I want to make things easy, because I think easy is boring - especially for kids. I want my young readers to be thrilled and entertained - but also challenged and stretched.
Each time I start a story - even if it's part of a series about the same character, such as my three Mungo adventures - I want it to be completely different from anything I've written before. Now I've written a few, though, I do see the same themes popping up: friendship is one, and adventure another.
One of the great delights of writing children's books is that you get to work with illustrators. (People who only write for grown-ups must be green with envy!) They are all amazingly talented and inspiring. It is a huge thrill to open your own book for the first time and see it brought to such stunning life by their dazzling imaginations.
But don't take my word for it - check out my books!
You can find out more about me and my work at www.timothyknapman.co.uk.

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Oh dear, the Easter Bunny’s in a bit of a muddle. He’s been so busy preparing for his party that he’s forgotten to deliver eggs to all of his friends! So off he scrambles at top speed. But when Mrs Duck hatches a baby croc and the Turtles become parents to a penguin chick, the Easter Bunny's mix-up soon becomes clear. Will he be able to sort out the muddle? And let’s hope it doesn’t spoil the party! A fabulously funny rhyming text with adorable illustrations. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Timothy Knapman's first book for Macmillan was LITTLE OGRE'S SURPRISE SUPPER (978-0-2307-1270-6), illustrated by Ben Cort and the topsy-turvy pop-up book FANTASTICAL FLYING MACHINES (978-0-230-71339-0) illustrated by Simon Wild. He is also the author of the popular MUNGO series, illustrated by Adam Stower and GUESS WHAT I FOUND IN DRAGON WOOD, illustrated by Gwen Millward (Puffin). Also a playwright, Tim's work on various musicals, operas and plays has taken him all over the world. Timothy lives in Surrey.

David Walker has been drawing and painting all of his life. He graduated from the University of Kansas and was Art Director at Hallmark cards in Kansas City before starting his own business. He now works on a variety of illustration projects, from children’s books and greetings cards to fabric and scrapbook supplies, and all from his studio in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. David’s life is a tangle of dogs, cats and kids, and his art is inspired by all the wonderful chaos that comes with them.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Seren Ade HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 21 Feb. 2012
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This children's book seems cute enough when you first look at it. The front cover is everything that a child could ask in terms of a story involving the Easter bunny: cuteness, pastel colours, lots of eggs... and even glitter. It's very attractively presented, and the illustrator (David Walker) has done a super job.

Unfortunately, the story doesn't hold up to scrutiny. You don't have to have an English degree to spot the inherent flaws in a storyline that has the Easter Bunny mis-delivering other animals' REAL babies... dropping duck eggs off with crocodile parents and vice versa presents food chain-related risks of which even 4 year olds are aware! The underlying story has genuine horror potential, not ameliorated in the least by the delivery of a 'frozen chicken' to penguin parents.

In fact, the whole mixed-up babies thing is really quite disturbing: this isn't a sensitively handled 'stay safe' message in the fashion of Come on, Daisy!. Instead, it's a rather glib account of wrongly delivered children courtesy of a slacking off Easter bunny, combined with a facile resolution of something that is a parent's basic nightmare. Despite the attractive presentation, I'm less than impressed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pompom VINE VOICE on 11 Mar. 2012
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I ordered this for my three year old son, presuming that it would be engaging easter story based around the easter bunny. After one read, he wasn't interested, and I was, at best, surprised at the story, and not in a good way. The story follows the easter bunny, rushing the delivery of his eggs as he has been organising a party. So far so good - except that these eggs contain baby animals, and he is meant to be delivering them to their parents. In his haste, the easter bunny muddles up his deliveries and the wrong babies end up with the wrong parents. All is put right at the easter bunny's party. This isn't the sort of easter story I would read and re-read to my son - there are better easter/spring books out there such as Chick. The illustrations are good enough, but don't lift the story.
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By 411 VINE VOICE on 19 April 2012
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This isn't really a book about easter, the only relation is the easter bunny as the main character.

The easter bunny is having a party and has found a basket of eggs he has forgotten to deliver. These eggs are not the chocolate kind you normally see around easter, but contain baby animals. In a hurry to deliver the eggs, the easter bunny gets them muddled up and gives the wrong babies to the wrong parents, and the easter bunny must find a way to match them up correctly and make every one happy again.

The book has a nice glittery cover, with an easy to follow rhyme and nice illustrations. Both of my children enjoy the story and fortunately don't read too much into the pairings (a duck given to a croc, lets hope she's not hungry!).

If you are looking for an easter story this isn't really what you want.
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The Great Easter Egg Scramble is a lovely little book, very nicely illustrated and nicely written, albeit slightly confusing. The story is about the Easter Bunny, you see. But, for some reason, it is apparently the Easter Bunny's job to deliver babies, still in their eggs, to other animals. Things go wrong when the eggs get mixed up though, but all is well that ends well as parents are reunited with the correct offspring at the Easter Bunny's party.

Unexpected plot aside, this is a really nicely put together book for children. The story is written in rhyming verse and the animals are drawn in a very appealing, cuddly style. My three year old daughter loved it and insisted on taking it to her nursery to be read to the other children. Can a recommendation get higher than that?
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By Andrew Kerr TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 April 2012
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The Great Easter Egg Scramble is an enjoyable little story for 2-4 year-olds. Easter Bunny has got in a muddle and got a bunch of eggs mixed up - consequently all the animals he's given the eggs to end up with their eggs hatching out offspring of a different species! He then has to come up with a way of making sure the babies all end up with the correct parents again. It's quite a basic story, so no deeper meanings or morals here. But it IS charmingly illustrated, and lilts along with nice rhyming rhythm. The cover is very glittery and sparkly too. All in all, a nice book and makes for a nice 10-minute bedtime read for pre-school toddlers.
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By Emma W TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Feb. 2012
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This Easter Bunny delivers real eggs not chocolate ones! And in this story he sends them to the wrong parents and has to swap them all around in his Easter party.

The book itself is larger than most and has a pretty glittery cover. It arrived in the biggest Amazon cardboard envelope I have ever seen so I guess it's not a standard size of book. If you were looking for a chocolate free gift for a 2-4 year old at Easter time, this would be an obvious choice although it could end up being left on the shelf for most of the year.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SJSmith TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 Feb. 2012
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I didn't read this through before my toddler (31 months) looked at it and he hasn't looked at it again so I've moved it into his bedroom for him to have access to there. Usually when a new book comes in to the house it doesn't leave the settee so that he can look at it over and over again. So as he's choosing other ones I'm guessing he isn't that keen as he keeps saying "aw mammy the eggs" when he reads it and doesn't ask for it to be read again once we've reached the end.

My thoughts are along the same lines, I really didn't like it. I know it is a toddler's book but even my son knows that all the animals have their own babies so why is a rabbit taking them their eggs? It confused me a little and the poor frozen chicken at the end! Thank goodness he isn't really old enough to ask about why they might not be with their own mammy and daddy and that someone has to bring their babies. I also couldn't get my head round how just by pushing the roundabout fast enough for all the babies to fall off that they were automatically returned to the correct parent. Again, I know it is only a toddler's book but it just didn't make sense.

I love the illustrations however but I don't like the glittery front as it is comes off on your fingers. My final gripe is that the story actually has little to do with Easter Eggs in the sense of how they are presented on the front cover. The ones on the cover look like chocolate eggs rather than eggs with real live animals in. A disappointment all round really, my only relief is it isn't one that a) we bought and b) someone bought for him.
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