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The Velveteen Rabbit

It’s no secret how I feel about rabbits, so I thought I’d do a special little review for Easter and review one of my favourite childhood books.

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“The Veleveteen Rabbit” by Margery Williams and illustrated by William Nicholson is a children’s chapter book about a toy rabbit who longs to be real. His friend, the Skin Horse, explains nursery magic to him and how a toy comes to be real through the love of a child. After a perfect summer as the Boy’s favourite, the Boy falls ill and the Velveteen Rabbit’s future is no longer certain.

I had this story on audiobook as a child, and reading this brought me straight back to being snuggled up in bed with my own menagerie of toys listening to a voice explaining to me how it was they became real. I was in tears almost the entire way through reading this book. If I have children, I will definitely read them this book if I can get through it without becoming choked up with emotion. It really is an absolute classic story, as relevant now as it was then. In fact, it is incredible that a story published 96 years ago now doesn’t have anything in it that would be considered inappropriate today. Williams has such a wonderful style of writing that manages to convey so much yet remain in childlike simplicity.

The copy I have, which is styled as ‘The Original Edition’, is interspersed with striking images in red, yellow and baby blue. These lithographs aren’t in a colour scheme I would ordinarily associate with children’s books, but they actually work really well. They give a warm vibrancy to the story and Nicholson captures the messiness of life and love as a child’s beloved soft toy.

I really cannot recommend this book enough. If you’re looking for an Easter story, or a story for any occasion for a child, you cannot go wrong with this one.

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Insanely Twisted Rabbits

I have been trying to get my hands on this book for ages. When I first started getting into graphic novels years ago, “The Saga of Rex” by Michel Gagné was one of the earliest ones I bought. I really loved his soft, cartoony style, gorgeous rendering and dreamy landscapes. I’m also absolutely obsessed with rabbits. When I found out that he had a book called “Insanely Twisted Rabbits”, I had to have it, but couldn’t find a copy anywhere. I even tried to get into contact with the artist himself, but with no success. Then recently, while browsing my favourite secondhand book store, I noticed that they’d had a big influx of graphic novels. Flicking through the titles I was absolutely stunned to see none other than a copy of “Insanely Twisted Rabbits”! I bought it immediately.

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This book is pretty self-explanatory. It is literally a book filled with illustrations of the most ridiculous rabbit-like monsters imaginable. In the foreword, Gagné explains that back in his animation days, he and his colleague used to compete together drawing rabbits of more and more ridiculous proportions. He ended up collating all the drawings and putting them together in a book.

Anyway, there’s no story, no plot, no characters. This is simply a book full of weird rabbits and it was right up my alley. If you are also partial to weird rabbits, I would suggest you check it out.

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