The Great Easter Egg Hunt

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Overview

With its suspenseful treasure-hunt plot, this magical picture book set in the land of the Easter bunnies offers more than 200 hidden objects to find, puzzles to solve, and intriguing clues that lead to a surprise ending-a meeting with the Great Easter Bunny himself!
When Tommy receives an invitation from his eccentric Aunt Jeanne, he immediately sets out to find her, but he discovers instead the Easter egg factory, a wild jelly bean machine, the place where chocolate bunnies are...

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Overview

With its suspenseful treasure-hunt plot, this magical picture book set in the land of the Easter bunnies offers more than 200 hidden objects to find, puzzles to solve, and intriguing clues that lead to a surprise ending-a meeting with the Great Easter Bunny himself!
When Tommy receives an invitation from his eccentric Aunt Jeanne, he immediately sets out to find her, but he discovers instead the Easter egg factory, a wild jelly bean machine, the place where chocolate bunnies are created, and much more. Brimming with extravagant detail, Michael Garland's bright illustrations will keep eagle-eyed readers busy for a long time after the last fuzzy chick is found and the last puzzle solved.

When Tommy follows the instructions his aunt left him, he is led to several Easter surprises.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In the newest Look Again Book by Michael Garland, The Great Easter Egg Hunt, Tommy's Aunt Jeanne beckons the boy into a land where the Easter Bunny hops the whole year through (hmm, it's a white rabbit that goes through a hole...). A message cryptically spelled out on a decorated egg, chocolate hares and a Jelly Bean Machine number among the prizes that await readers. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Take an adventurous, delightfully, entertaining trip with Tommy when he follows notes written by his Aunt Jeanne as he goes on an exclusive Easter egg hunt. The reader will join Tommy on his unique adventures and will hunt for eggs, bunnies, bonnets, chicks, lambs, words and letters throughout the book. The vivid illustrations are fantastic. The reader will be enthralled by page after page as she/he looks for each treasure. One could literally spend hours of fun going through this book time and time again. The author has cleverly made this story into an interactive book. The reader gets involved in the story looking for the same things as Tommy. Happiness, joy, and glee will fill children as they search and find the goodies on each page and they will want to read this book more than once. 2005, Dutton Children's Books/Penguin Young Readers Group, Ages 5 to 9.
—Cathi I. White
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Tommy, who appeared in Mystery Mansion (2001) and Christmas City (2002, both Dutton), is once again being led on a holiday-themed journey by his mysterious Aunt Jeanne. Following a series of rhyming notes from her, he chases a pink-vested rabbit through an Easter wonderland. On this exciting treasure hunt, he encounters a 10-foot-tall chocolate Easter bunny, a noisy jelly-bean machine, a bustling egg factory, and an Easter Parade down Fifth Avenue that is filled with other holiday "things that just don't belong" (e.g., Santa, a leprechaun, a witch). At the end of his quest, Tommy is reunited with his clever aunt in the magnificent egg-shaped palace of the Great Easter Bunny. The vibrant computer-generated collages are reminiscent of the illustrations in the "I Spy" (Scholastic) books. Hidden in the eye-catching artwork are word puzzles (including Easter greetings in a number of foreign languages) and a collection of chicks, eggs, lambs, rabbits, and bonnets waiting to be found. Aunt Jeanne also appears one step ahead of Tommy on each page. Her final note supplies the answers to all of the puzzles. Children will eagerly re-examine the pages of this "Look Again" title and search for the hidden items.-Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Garland places realistic but processed-looking patterned eggs, hens, chicks, real and chocolate bunnies, baskets and other Easter-ish iconography in multiple layers for this browser's-delight companion to Mystery Mansion (2001) and Christmas City (2002). Though linked by a slender plotline involving a lad who finds rhymed notes from his Aunt Jeanne that lead him to a brightly colored but industrialized land where factories pour out Easter candy year-round, most spreads are more or less independent-each offering a different visual challenge, from a maze to a "what doesn't belong here?" parade. Providing a tally of his own at the end, the author invites viewers to count the holiday items in each scene and also to winkle out slightly concealed Easter greetings in a variety of languages scattered throughout. Not essential, but an inviting romp, falling on the visual complexity scale somewhere between Joan Steiner's Look-Alikes Junior (1999) and the hyper-busy-ness of Where's Waldo? (Picture book. 5-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615551415
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/5/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Garland is the author of Miss Smith's Incredible Storybook, which Kirkus Reviews called an "animated invitation to the pleasures of reading."

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  • Posted March 27, 2013

    The Great Easter Egg Hunt is an adventure story, a mystery, a po

    The Great Easter Egg Hunt is an adventure story, a mystery, a poem, a maze puzzle, a word search and seek-and-find book, all wrapped up in Michael Garland's delectable artwork.
    Everyone should have an Aunt Jeanne.  My son kind of has two.   So when we read these Aunt Jeanne seek-and-find books, we change Tommy's name to "Thomas", and Jeanne's named to "Dianne" or "Luna".  It works.  On so many levels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2007

    the easter bunny

    i didnt like it

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