Because they sneak and creep about the woods in a most cunning way!
If you step into the ancient woods and search amongst the brambles you will find the world of the Wilybeasts!
Wilybeasts are furry and mischievous woodland monsters who get into all sorts of trouble in the quest to fill their greedy bellies.
Featuring four seasonal stories bursting with Oliver’s own watercolour illustrations depicting the Wilybeasts interacting with the real plants and animals found in our woods.
Wilybeasts mixes the real countryside with an irresistible fantasy element that excites the imaginations of children.
Opening with an introduction to what Wilybeasts are and where they come from the book continues with four stories one for each season. In each story you meet different Wilybeasts and join them on their adventures.
In story one The Spring Egg Hunt we are introduced to Gabble, Prruckk, Ogg and Frrockk who decide to go to the marshes to pinch duck eggs. However the become greedy and learn a valuable lesson.
In story two The Summer Honey Heist we meet Frruff who has to find something delicious to bring to the Wilybeasts summer midnight feast. Frruff chooses honey the most difficult of treats to get and builds a team of Wilybeasts with the skills needed to crack a huge bees nest.
In story three The Great Autnum Nut War a mean scurry of squirrels attack any Wilybeast who tries to take nuts from the hazel thicket until three of the toughest Wilybeasts in the wood devise a plan.
Finally in story four The Wilybeasts In Winter the tree den of the Wilybeasts is destroyed in a fierce winter storm and they have to search the frozen woods for a new home.
Oliver has always been fascinated with fantasy worlds and even collected gnomes as a child. He combines this with a love of foraging in his local woodlands and also enjoys keeping chickens. All this, together with a background in professional model making, culminated in the creation of the Wilybeasts — fantasy woodland creatures who spend their time looking for the tasty things they can eat!
Oliver lives in the Perthshire woods with his wife Lizzi and daughter Lamorna
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