A watercolour illustration of an emu standing on one leg next to a nest of teal eggs
A watercolour illustration from 'Have You Seen My egg?'

Have You Seen My Egg? by Penny Olsen, illustrated by Rhonda N. Garward

To celebrate 10 years of this classic children’s title, NLA Publishing is producing an anniversary edition of Have You Seen My Egg? in hardback for the first time. This best-selling title has been continuously in print since it was first published in 2013.

The story follows Eddy Emu, who has lost one of his eggs. He travels far and wide, looking for it. Has Lizzie Lizard seen it? Has Susie Spider found it? Is it among Connie Crocodile’s eggs? Can Pip and Poppy Penguin help him? Join Eddy on his search and meet his friends. See all their different eggs and then lift the flap to meet the babies that have just hatched. And, finally, find out what happened to Eddy’s egg.

Marvel over the stunning watercolours of our native animals, painted in their natural surroundings.

Informative text at the back of the book explains about the different types of eggs belonging to the animals in the story.

This anniversary edition will be released in March 2023.

About the author

Dr Penny Olsen is an Honorary Professor in the Division of Ecology and Evolution in the Research School of Biology at the Australian National University. After a career as a field biologist and ecological consultant, she is now mostly occupied writing books about Australian natural history and its recorders. In 2011 she was invested as a Member of the Order of Australia for her ‘service to the conservation sciences through the study and documentation of Australian bird species and their history’. Her recent publications include a book about Indigenous Australians’ contributions to our understanding of Australia’s fauna – Australia’s First Zoologists – and Flight of the Budgerigar: An Illustrated History.

About the illustrator

Rhonda has studied drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and paper making. She has taken part in solo and group exhibitions in painting and printmaking, and won prizes in drawing, painting and contemporary art. Rhonda has exhibited at the Guangzhou International Art Fair in China, and she has been invited to exhibit at the Florence International Biennale. Rhonda’s art works in watercolour, mixed media and acrylics are based on Australian themes. Birds, fish, animals, the bush and the sea are used to create naturalistic and evocative art works. Her works are held in public and private collections throughout Australia and worldwide.

Additional Information

The cover of the book 'Have You Seen My Egg?'

Images for media use are available for download via Dropbox.

Extracts from the book are available on request.


Georgia McDonald, Media Liaison, National Library of Australia

M: 0401 226 697

E: media@nla.gov.au