Jan Fearnley takes a unique idea and transforms it into tale that kids everywhere can get into. It isn’t often that certain animals get featured in childrens books. Milo Amadillo is one of them, and he has an interesting story behind him. Together with a little girl named Tallulah, he may be able to show her that good things come in surprising packages.
For her birthday, Tallulah wanted a fluffy pink bunny. The problem is that no one can find a fluffy pink bunny for her. So Tallulah’s grandmother gets an idea. With her deft sewing skills, she manages to whip up a fluffy pink present for Tallulah. Except it isn’t a bunny. Far from it. Instead, Tallulah gets herself Milo Armadillo, a talented toy who wants nothing more than to make Tallulah happy. But she and her friends keep comparing him to a rabbit. He doesn’t jump as high, he looks funny, and in general, doesn’t seem to be as good.
He tries his hardest to be more rabbit-like, even going so far as to dress up like one. Will Tallulah eventually learn to appreciate him for what he is, even if he isn’t a rabbit?
Jan Fearnley created this story by taking a simple concept – appreciating what you have – and reworking it to be something completely unique. A pink armadillo with a patchwork-style back? He’s slightly goofy looking but totally lovable. It would come as no surprise if kids reading this book suddenly wanted to have a cuddly armadillo of their own. Fearnley also does her own artwork, and put the illustrations for Milo Armadillo together using a mixed-media format. From sequins to various fabrics, it gives the pictures a textured feel which will have kids running their fingers over the images.
Published December of 2009, it’s a story that many kids should appreciate. Though the intended age is infants to preschoolers, older kids are likely to love the story just as much and parents will have a good time reading it to them. Available in hardcover, it will last a long time and be good for multiple readings, easily able to become a child’s favorite tale.