Fierce Bad Rabbits: The Tales Behind Children's Picture Books (Paperback)
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Fierce Bad Rabbits: The Tales Behind Children's Picture Books (Paperback)

Fierce Bad Rabbits: The Tales Behind Children's Picture Books (Paperback)

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Published: 06/08/2020
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What is The Tiger Who Came to Tea really about?
How is Meg and Mog related to Polish embroidery?
And why does death in picture books involve being eaten?

Fierce Bad Rabbits explores the stories behind our favourite picture books, weaving in tales of Clare Pollard's childhood reading and her re-discovery of the classic tales as a parent. Because the best picture books are far more complex than they seem - and darker too. Monsters can gobble up children and go unnoticed, power is not always used wisely, and the wild things are closer than you think.

'A gem . . . hard to put down. Thoroughly enjoyable'Spectator

'Essential reading for every thinking parent' Penelope Lively

'An enlightening, perceptive analysis of the books that build us'Sunday Telegraph, 5 star review

'A happy way to reconnect with old friends' Times

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241354797
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 213 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18 mm


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When I read Fierce Bad Rabbits, I thought, why has no one written this book before? But Clare Pollard has done so superbly - it is perceptive, illuminating, scholarly but at the same time entertaining. It should be essential reading for every thinking parent - Penelope Lively

This book is a happy way to reconnect with old friends - Times

An enlightening, perceptive analysis of the books that build us - Sunday Telegraph, 5 star review

A gem . . . hard to put down. The combination of vast scholarly research and witty writing makes for a thoroughly enjoyable book. Pollard has managed to dissect all our favourite stories with her scalpel, while leaving their magic intact - Spectator

Pollard is a poet, and her prose is stunning . . . she writes with a joy that is luminous. Essential reading for anyone with a child, or who ever was a child - i

Most people's primal cultural memory is that of being read to by a parent. This is a phenomenon most sensitively and intelligently explored in Fierce Bad Rabbits - Daily Telegraph

Pollard so delicately enters into the world of [picture books] that the reader feels they are rediscovering once-loved landscapes - New Statesman

Delightful. As good a guide as you could hope for. It will make you think again about why you loved the children's stories that mean so much to you, and it will lead you to new discoveries too. . . A happy reconnection to the serious joys of childhood - Harper's Bazaar

Excellent - Daily Mail Book of the Week

A celebration of picture books and their artists to spark your own childhood memories - Evening Standard

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“What a fantastic read for lovers of children’s books and bookworms everywhere!”

A mixture of autobiography and insights into the context that picture books were produced in. As well as the general historical and cultural context we get fascinating insights into writers/illustrators own... More

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