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Evie loves school. She loves seeing her friends, using her long snout to sniff out food, and digging with sharp claws through fresh dirt. But unlike her classmates, Evie can’t hear the teacher’s instructions. Whispers with friends on the playground. Or the sounds of a predator’s approach…no matter how hard she tries. When a way for Evie to be “all ears” arrives, is this little bilby willing to accept the help? This sweet, gentle picture book pairs the exploration of a real and relevant issue with a look at the lifestyle of one of Australia’s most endangered mammals. With stunning illustrations that highlight the wonders yet harshness of the Australian bush, this is a picture book to prompt both discussions and understanding.
Illustrations from the Book:
- Have a look at the Teachers Notes Here.
- See Evie’s desert friends Here.
- Try a Bilbies word search Here.
- Try and solve Evie’s Burrow Maze Here.
- Enjoy Evie’s colouring sheet Here.
About the Author: Kellie Byrnes
Kellie Byrnes is a children’s author, freelance writer, blogger, reviewer and presenter. Her first picture book, Cloud Conductor, was published in May 2018. Her second and third picture books will be published by EK Books then Little Pink Dog Books in 2020, and her fourth, Evie is All Ears, will be published by Little Pink Dog Books in 2021. Kellie has a BA degree in Literature, is a member of SCBWI and 12×12, and was chosen as a mentee in the 2018 Writing with the Stars U.S. mentorship program. Kellie’s ghost-written work has been used by companies such as MYOB, Intuit, St. George Bank, Optus, Mortgage Choice, Fiji Airways, Gumtree and Natvia, and published on sites like Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Inc. and Lifehacker.
About The Illustrator: Lesley McGee
Lesley is a Melbourne artist, designer and photographer who lives in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, Melbourne.
Lesley’s early creative work featured landscape oils and gouache caricatures, but
her passion for experimentation has led her to use vibrant pencil, pastel and inks. Texture, light and detail are a dominant feature of her work.
Influenced by the intricate styles of Norman Rockwell, Robert Ingpen, Graeme Base and Frida Kahlo, she also looks to her extensive travel experiences for inspiration.
Currently working on her first commissioned picture book Evie is All Ears in conjunction with author Kellie Byrnes and Little Pink Dog Books Publishing, Lesley is also excited to be working with Little Pink Dog Books on future titles Night Lights by author Indra Zabri and Emma’s Freckles by author Sarah Wallace.
Future ambitions include an exhibition of a series of cultural portraits and publishing her own picture book featuring the adventurous Milly and a cast of magical creatures.