When a World War II veteran comes to talk to his class, Billy is inspired to join in the war effort. Protecting his house from intruders isn't so popular with his parents, so he decides to use his brilliance to grow vegetables with Dad on the allotment. He learns all about planting seeds and feeding the soil - and discovers the competitiveness of the prize veg growers when it seems that he has grown a monster turnip in three days!
Simon Hutton has three children, one of whom provided the inspiration for Brilliant Billy. He enjoys stories with clever twists, where the underdog emerges triumphant despite seemingly overwhelming obstacles. As a child his favourite stories were Paddington Bear, Dr. Dolittle and Winnie the Pooh.