Billy Bumps Builds a Palace
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The March cover of BfK features Dilly the Dinosaur who is 10 years old this year. Her author, Tony Bradman, is the subject of our Authorgraph this month. We are grateful to Reed Books for their help in reproducing this illustration from Susan Hellard's original artwork.
This aptly named elephant has a tendency to bump and once he's bumped he's keen to rebuild to his own imaginative design. However, his laudable achievements are momentary and the bricks form a rumbling heap once more. It's all rather sad, but Billy Bumps's consistent optimism suggests he'll cope. Young children find this really funny, and enjoy the cropped pages and humorous illustrations. They also love Zoe Paul's (73/4 yrs) colourful elephants which march along the endpapers. Full of carefree chaos and destruction.