Cover image for The Easter egg / Jan Brett.
The Easter egg / Jan Brett.
Publication Information:
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2010]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 29 cm
Hoppi the bunny wants to win the egg-decorating contest so the Easter Bunny will choose him to help distribute Easter eggs, but instead, while everyone else is working on their decorations, he finds himself guarding an egg that has fallen from a robin's nest.


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It's Spring! Time for the rabbits to decorate eggs for the Easter Rabbit. This year Hoppi is old enough to join in, and if he can just make the winning egg, he will be the one to help the Easter Rabbit on Easter morning. But Hoppi hasn't decided what kind of egg to make. And as he hops along and sees one fantastic egg after another, he begins to wonder how he can compete. Hoppi goes into the woods to think about his egg, and just when he figures out that he only has to make the best egg he can, his plans take a most unexpected turn. Jan Brett's lovable bunny hero and her remarkable Easter Rabbit will enchant readers as they pore over exquisite illustrations filled with dazzling eggs and their gifted makers-Flora Bunny, Aunt Sassyfrass, Hans Vanderabbit and others. An unforgettable Easter story for the ages! Look for the gatefold surprise!

Author Notes

Bestselling children's book author and illustrator Jan Brett was born on December 1, 1949. She decided to be an illustrator when she was a child and is known for her detailed and carefully-researched work.

Brett grew up in New England and attended the Boston Museum School. Her books have received much acclaim by publications including Newsweek, The New Yorker, Parents magazine, Redbook, and Publishers Weekly. In 2005 Brett earned the Boston Public Library's Lifetime Achievement Award. Her book Three Little Dassies was published in 2010 and made the New York Times bestseller list. Other of her works that have made the New York Times best seller list are: Home for Christmas 2011, Mossy 2012, Cinders: A Chicken Cinderella., 2014 The Animal's Santa.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

Brett's finely detailed watercolor and gouache art is a showstopper, spotlighting lifelike-though nattily clad-rabbits decorating eggs in hopes of winning the role of the Easter Rabbit's helper. Hoppi is awed by bunnies' creations, which include an ornate chocolate egg and a "whirling, twirling mechanical egg." But when an egg tumbles out of a robin's nest, he keeps it safe until the baby bird hatches. Borders of twigs, pussy willows, daffodils, and ferns add greatly to the warm, visually sumptuous setting of this gentle spring story. Ages 3-5. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Horn Book Review

Hoppi the bunny hopes to win the egg-decorating contest and assist the Easter Rabbit on Easter. But Mother Robin's egg falls out of her nest, so Hoppi sacrifices his dream to rescue and protect it. It's Hoppi's act of kindness, however, that earns him the honor of helping the Easter Rabbit. Brett's saccharine text is well matched by her meticulous, almost overwhelming illustrations. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

New York Review of Books Review

Intricately colored spreads, in watercolor and gouache, follow a dizzying variety of rabbits as they prepare for Easter morning: each craftsman seems to have a different wood-carving, chocolate-making or painting specialty, as they all labor to make the "winning egg." A young rabbit is a bit discouraged by all this industry, until he finds a light blue egg that will make the day special in its own way. Hidden details in the busy scenes invite close study, like a framing device of pussy willows that suddenly blossom into a dozen more floppy-eared bunnies, who hop away. SOJOURNER TRUTH'S STEP-STOMP STRIDE By Andrea Davis Pinkney. Illustrated by Brian Pinkney. Disney-Jump at the Sun. $16.99. (Ages 5 to 9) In her own "Narrative," Sojourner Truth described her "peculiar gait" - she was usually on a mission and didn't have time to waste. Her six-foot frame, passion for justice and "stepstomp stride" all come across in this swirling picture book, which takes us from her childhood as a slave in New York State around 1800 to her later career as a lecturer and abolitionist. Both her eloquence and lectern-pounding delivery ("Bam!") brought her renown. A GIFT FROM CHILDHOOD Memories of an African Boyhood. Written and illustrated by Baba Wague Diakite. Groundwood/House of Anansi. $18.95. (Ages 10 and up) In the West African country of Mali, Diakite, an artist and storyteller, was left to be raised by his paternal grandparents in their tiny village - a family tradition. He would later use his experiences as material for stark and colorful stories, paintings and earthenware tiles, some of which decorate this memoir. He vividly describes learning such skills from his grandmother as how to wrestle a catfish and identify herhs and plants for every use. 1001 CHILDREN'S BOOKS YOU MUST READ BEFORE YOU GROW UP Edited by Julia Eccleshare. Universe. $36.95. (All Ages) This stimulating guide - international in scope - includes many books you'll be grateful to discover or revisit and many more that have been all but forgotten. Beautiful color reproductions are particularly helpful in the picture book sections, while the thoughtful summaries of books for older children like Wilson Rawls's "Where the Red Fern Grows" (1961) and William Pène Du Bois's "Twenty-One Balloons" (1947) - involving "travel, science fiction and adventure" - make you want to go hunt them down in library or bookstore. BUNNY DAYS Written and illustrated by Tao Nyeu. Dial/Penguin. $16.99. (Ages 3 to 5) Nyeu ("Wonder Bear") has a crisp palette but a whimsical imagination when it comes to cute animals. In richly colored silk-screened inks, three vignettes about baby bunnies getting into all kinds of trouble are amusing - if perhaps also a little odd, as they involve uncomfortable-looking mishaps in which the bunnies are put through the washing machine or need their tails sewn back on. No matter: the book's greens, oranges and sky blues are sunny, and look like spring. SUGAR PLUM BALLERINAS: Perfectly Prima. By Whoopi Goldberg with Deborah Underwood. Illustrated by Maryn Roos. Disney-Jump at the Sun. $16.99. (Ages 6 to 10) You have to love Jerzey Mae. In this gently humorous series about the would-be ballerinas of the Nutcracker School of Ballet, she's the determined, if klutzy, dancer who spends too much time neatly lining up her pencils and worrying: "I don't have fun a lot." Here, with the help of her little brother, a basketball and a prima ballerina, she learns how to dance and have fun at the same time. JULIE JUST