The (Not So) Wonderful Walawats is a storybook for children, written & illustrated by Lily Jones.
This was a response to the Macmillan Prize competition 2014, to write and illustrate a children's book. The story focuses on two tribes of birds, The Walawats and The Crags. The crags live in a dull and dreary town where life is bleak, to escape they enjoy watching their favourite reality TV show starring the beautiful, wonderful Walawats. One day they decide to pack up and leave their home to seek a better life in Zanama with the Walawats. It isn't all it's cracked up to be and the Walawats are cruel and superficial, driving the Crags back to their hometown. After a teary journey home, the Crags decide to look on the bright side and make the most of their town, giving it a new lease of life. Meanwhile the Walawats are back home and their terrible, heartless behaviour causes them to lose their vibrant colours. They try everything to figure out why they have lost their colours. They then reflect on their behaviour towards the Crags, and make their way to make things right. The kind-hearted Crags accepted the Walawats apology and VOILA! Their colours returned!