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Blinky Bill

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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  2,252 ratings  ·  49 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. ...more
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Stopped reading this book on page 62. I found it a little disturbing as it describes a violent death of an animal, which I didn’t remember reading when I was younger. Felt sad as I was really looking forward to reading it again after many years.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animal-based, novel
I really dont think this is a childrens book, there are some rather violent themes in it, including murder. I diddnt like Blinky as a character, i thought he was so rude to everyone he met for no reason. I also think there was animals in the bush that shouldnt be there? like for one, there are no hedgehogs in Australia. Besides little details like that it was a cute story.
Perhaps if I had read this as a child and had the glow of nostalgia upon me, I would have liked this better, but reading it as an adult, I find it rather pedestrian. While there are some nice touches--e.g. Wall is occasionally concerned with providing what I guess you might call conservationally-oriented messages about human predation on Koalas and other creatures, and I am always happy to see a children's book that confronts death as frankly as this one does (Blinky's dad is killed by hunters e ...more
I loved reading this with my kids. I wish I could fake an Australian accent. Blinky is not a good role model and many of the other characters are selfish, but we thought the antics were cute. We listed the animals as they came up and looked them up later.
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Loved the Blinky Bill tv cartoons when I was a kid. The book unfortunately wasn’t as good. Blinky Bill is downright rude and unlikeable. The illustrations are fun though, if a bit odd for bush animals to be wearing clothes.
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. ...more
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, animals
Remember reading these as a child! Loved them very much
Grace G
Mar 09, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
Okay, from a serious perspective, this book has a truly unlikeable protagonist. Blinky Bill is the devil’s spawn and not in a cute way.

Secondly, the volume of violence in this chat is too damn loud. Why does every second character die or get tortured in some way? Okay maybe not every second character, but far too many for a children’s book. It’s not even allegorical, it’s just straight up murder half the time and I don’t get it, and I know some may say - Casey, why are you, a twenty-nine year ol
James Perkins
Blinky Bill, the mischievous anthropomorphic koala, is well known around the world through the TV cartoon and movies, but the book version is a little darker. He runs away from home several times and constantly disobeys his mother, who of course beats him when she catches him - this would have been a normal punishment at the time it was first published in the 1930s. His father is brutally murdered by a man with a gun quite early in the story. The animals are often cruel to each other: for exampl ...more
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would recommend this book to an older kid but as bedtime reading for younger kids. Blinky's behaviour in the story was quite inappropriate in my view, which are difficult for kids younger than eight to understand and may negatively influence their behaviour as a result. For example, Blinky Bill stole cabbages from Farmer Scratchet but defended himself by saying that it was "borrowing".

Moreover, the use of language in this book was quite colloquial and is not suited for young kids who are just
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
I listened to the audiobook because I wanted to check out literature to read with my son when he's older. Blinky Bill entertains and delights; he's the same kind of mischievous character as Peter Rabbit or Curious George. Australian literature often falls through the cracks so I'm pleased to have stumbled upon Dorothy Wall's creation. My son is only 5 months old but I'll read this with him when he's 3 or 4. ...more
Kylie Abecca
I listened to this on audiobook and I found the audio very difficult to listen to as it had so much music, noise and effects, it was hard to hear the narration. Also the ‘theme’ music used was that to Burke’s Backyard, not Blinky Bill. Other than that the story was quite well done, even if quotes are repeated often. It’s a good kids book all the same.
Jun 30, 2020 rated it liked it
This was okay. Kind of a mix between Peter Rabbit and Pippi Longstocking. Blinky is naughty and I had to brush over some parts that I didn’t want to read to my kids because I didn’t want them getting ideas or thinking his behavior was at all okay. But there were some very funny parts and since I could edit as we went it ended up being enjoyable.
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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James Priest
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The entire collection of classic Australian children stories of a mischievous young Koala named Blinky Bill written in the 1930's. A very enjoyable read. Would highly recommend for children, and the young at heart. ...more
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure if our version is the full story. We didn't get the story of Blinky Bill and Nutsy... A classic. ...more
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic piece of fiction for young children and a marvellous journey of nostalgia
Jan 02, 2020 rated it liked it
My boys liked this more than I did, but we all laughed throughout. It was mostly funny because it was written in such a different time than we live in now.
Susan Wood
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was ok
Decided to read an Australian classic. Should have read it when I was a child!
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Blinky Bill the naughty Koala is one of the most well loved characters in Australian Children's fiction. There is never a dull moment for Mrs Koala having Blinky as her cup. Traveling with Blinky on his adventures through the bush as he meets new friends and has many funny adventures and misadventures is an Australian write of passage.

As an Australian I grew up reading Blinky Bill, so I was really looking forward to re reading this book and seeing Blinky through adult eyes. Reading this book tra
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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 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Elizabeth S by: Megan
Shelves: z-2011, c-juvenile
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
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 29, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was excited to finally read this book to my 10 year old son.... but we stopped just a few chapters into the second book. It was well written, though it felt a bit silly....but sadly we just did not like Blinky Bill. We were both quite shocked at his nasty behaviour and how he disregarded everyone around him and their feelings.

We soldiered on, after all this is a famous Australian story....., but it was the graphic images of death that kept jumping up in most unexpected places that finished it
Although many of us remember this fondly from our childhood, the sad reality is that Blinky and his pals have not aged well. Or, rather, the myth was always greater than the reality. The prose is dreary, the concepts rather dull, and the interactions unexciting.
No Australian born before the mid-1990s is likely to ever forget the image of the koala boy in his little outfit, and it’s a quintessential Aussie moment, but, to quote the song, if that’s all there is, my friend, then let’s keep dancing
Dec 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Blinky Bill was a childhood OBSESSION. I mean, you could get those plastic figures that some people put over their towball (plus the Land before time ones!) and the show was on Saturday (?) mornings and much goodness for kids. Like, Blinky is naughty, but it all works out OK for him in the end. I remember sitting in Library class looking at the pictures in this one, the beautiful illustrations, and wishing I owned my own copy. As an adult, I do! A beautiful 90s printing bought from a s ...more
Jennifer (JC-S)
Nov 10, 2007 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:
Jan 24, 2016 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.
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