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Easter Eggs in Picture Books

I am (obviously) an avid reader of picture books and I have noticed a few Easter eggs hidden by authors and illustrators – and I’m not talking about the chocolate kind!

If you’ve never heard of an Easter egg – Wikipedia sum it up pretty well with this definition:

In computer software and media, an Easter egg is an intentional inside joke, hidden message or image, or secret feature of a work. It is usually found in a computer program, video game, or DVD/Blu-ray Disc menu screen. The name is used to evoke the idea of a traditional Easter egg hunt.

Disney is famous for hiding ‘Easter eggs’ in their films; think Rapunzel’s appearance at Elsa’s Coronation.

I just love that authors and illustrators of picture books are playing around with this idea.

The first Easter egg I noticed was in The Gruffalo’s Child by Julia Donalson and Axel Scheffler. They very subtly gave the Gruffalo’s child a toy and that toy is…

Image from The Gruffalo’s Child by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Do you recognize him? Yes, it’s Stick Man from his self-titled story and now short animated film, Stick Man.

The next Easter egg I came across was from Australia’s own Aaron Blabey. Famous author and illustrator of the Pig the Pug series. It was hidden in his book Busting! (which is hilarious and a big favourite in our house).


Do you see what he did there? A little nod to Pig the Pug – very sneaky indeed!

The last Easter egg I want to share you with is by Lauren Child, author and illustrator of the Charlie and Lola books and television series. She has also written other picture books including this one, That Pesky Rat.

Well, you wouldn’t believe how excited my kids got when they were watching Charlie and Lola and this scene appeared before their eyes…


I would love to know if you or your kids have spotted these Easter eggs in picture books or any others! We are always on the look out, it adds that extra bit of excitement when reading a story with them.


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