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3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,775 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
Originally published in 1939, this is a collection of tales about Blinky Bill, a mischievous little koala. Contains Blinky Bill, Blinky Bill Grows Up, and Blinky Bill and Nutsy.
Paperback, 356 pages
Published October 3rd 1990 by Angus & Robertson (first published 1939)
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Katische Haberfield
Very sad to say that this childhood classic is not to be a classic for my children. We stopped at p 138. I don't usually let the kids stop reading a book part way through, however, they honestly didn't like reading it and found it boring. I was disappointed as the movie was coming out last holidays and I had wanted to read it before we went to the movie, but that proved to be no further motivation. The movie, was nice but lacklustre, and did not provide additional incentive to finish.
Feb 07, 2015 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I loved to watch the animation series of Blinky Bill when I was a kid. The book isn't quite as funny as the TV show but it is really worth reading anyway. It has a slightly different focus - at least at the beginning. A lot is told of the danger the koalos and the other animals are living in. Kids can really learn a lot about Australian nature and animals from this book.
Jan 20, 2016 Grace rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, animals
Remember reading these as a child! Loved them very much
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This is an omnibus containing Blinky Bill: The Quaint Little Australian (1933), Blinky Bill Grows Up (1934) and Blinky Bill and Nutsy (1937).

I fondly recall the Blinky Bill character from my childhood – but never remember reading the original stories. Having now read the originals I suspect that my fond memories come from the various adaptions that have been made over the years.

I must say I was shocked by the mature themes contained in the first couple of chapters in Blinky Bill. First he is bor
Elizabeth S
Jan 28, 2011 Elizabeth S rated it really liked it
Recommended to Elizabeth S by: Megan
Shelves: c-juvenile, z-2011
I enjoyed these children's tales of a little koala bear. It was fun to see a little community of Australian animals, versus the British, European, or North American animals we usually see. It reminds me of how Kipling's tales bring the animals of India closer.

This book is a compilation of three books, "Blinky Bill," "Blinky Bill Grows Up," and "Blinky Bill and Nutsy." The last was my favorite, because Nutsy was my favorite character. She nicely balances and tempers the impulsive, mischievous Bli
Jan 27, 2016 Scott rated it liked it
A tale of bad discipline, stealing, rudeness and murder most foul is Blinky Bill. This trilogy is repetitive and lacks a good message for children. Also spreads the tale of drop bears, or croppers, as the term is coined.
I can see its place in Australian history but a very basic writing style lessens enjoyment.
Jun 19, 2016 Adrielle rated it really liked it
Shelves: junior-fiction
The book isn't as funny as the tv show but still a childhood favourite of mine. Many fond memories of this mischievous Koala.
Jan 07, 2015 Caitlin rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
so bizarre
Jennifer (JC-S)
Nov 10, 2007 Jennifer (JC-S) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all lovers of children's literature
Shelves: owned
This is an absolutely delightful children's book. Dorothy Wall first introduced Blinky Bill in the 1930s, and the books have never been out of print since. A firm family favourite for three generations in my family. I've posted a review on for anyone interested:
Cute and quaint stories. Quite different to kids books now. The author does not shy away from death or violence at all. Honestly, while I found it a tad unexpected, it was quite refreshing. Some minor mistakes in animal names, such as an echidna being called a porcupine.
Nov 27, 2014 Rebecka rated it it was amazing
Awesome. First book I ever read. Aged 5. Too busy reading other things to re-read it (besides I don't re-read anything - ONE EXCEPTION Ki Longfellow's The Secret Magdalene). So that 5 star is a retro-rating. I'm stickin with it though.
Nov 11, 2011 Shekinah rated it really liked it
it was a very interesting story it had a lot of charter for a litter koala and involved a lot of adventure
it is more a book for children aged from 8 to 10 (primary school)
Nov 04, 2010 Chrissy12 rated it liked it
Blinky Bill was one of my favourite shows as a kid and it still makes me smile when i see it on TV. The book is just as well crafted and written. It is simply 'extraordinary' :)
Really grew up on a solid diet of this one :) And never failed to cry when Blinky Bill's father was shot :( Ten thousand times worse than Bambi!
Oct 02, 2011 Gayle rated it it was amazing
I don't own this, but I wish I did. The one with the red cover that I used to get out of the school library week after week...
Andrea Mules
Jul 09, 2009 Andrea Mules rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, australia
One of my all time favorites as a kid. Every child should read this/have this read to them!
Apr 11, 2014 Mckinley rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture, ya, animal, australia, bear
Life and adventures of a young koala bear. Prefer these to The Magic Pudding by Lindsay.
Jul 24, 2011 Sally rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-childhood, aussie
Are there Australians out there who don't love this book? Cause I sure do! A classic :)
Tara Calaby
This is an Australian classic, but I was never that excited by it as a kid.
Sep 30, 2013 Kerry rated it really liked it
One of the first books I can remeber reading. Loved it then and still do.
Jun 09, 2013 Tammy rated it really liked it
The story was lots of fun. I really like the illustrations.
Nicole Thompson
Nov 28, 2013 Nicole Thompson rated it it was amazing
Lost count how many times I read this as a kid
Ruth Bonetti
Oct 05, 2012 Ruth Bonetti rated it really liked it
Ah, what a classic! Takes me back to childhood.
Laura Jane
Dec 05, 2015 Laura Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was a childhood favourite and still is!
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