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This is book number 2 in the Rabbit & Bear series.
Cheeky, delightful, and hilarious, the next title in the Rabbit & Bear series is a roller coaster ride of fun!
What with his friend Bear’s snoring, and a BANG! BANG! BANG! noise from up in the tree, Rabbit knows that Something Simply Has To Be Done. But high in the branches, perhaps Bear can show Rabbit how to see the world from a different perspective. A story of friendship, wisdom, and how to be REALLY NOISY, this delightful and hilarious illustrated book is another fun read for Rabbit & Bear fans. Now in paperback!
About the Author
Julian Gough is an award-winning novelist, playwright, poet, musician, and scriptwriter. He was born in London, grew up in Ireland, and now lives in Berlin. Among many other things, Julian wrote the wonderful novel Connect, and the ending to Minecraft, the world’s most successful computer game for children of all ages. He likes to drink coffee and steal pigs.
Jim Field is an award-winning illustrator, character designer, and animation director. He grew up in Farnborough, worked in London, and now lives in Paris. His first picture book, Cats Ahoy!, written by Peter Bently, won the Booktrust Roald Dahl Funny Prize. He is perhaps best known for drawing frogs on logs in the bestselling Oi Frog. He likes playing the guitar and drinking coffee.
Praise for the Rabbit & Bear series:
“Rabbit’s Bad Habits is a breath of fresh air in children’s fiction, a laugh-out-loud story of rabbit and wolf and bear, of avalanches and snowmen. The sort of story that makes you want to send your children to bed early, so you can read it to them.” —Neil Gaiman
“Rabbit's Bad Habits should become an instant modern classic. Stands shoulder to shoulder with Pooh and Toad. Cheeky, delightful and hilarious.” —Eoin Colfer
“A bear's kindness and generosity sweeten a grumpy rabbit’s sour outlook in this wintry woodland encounter. Gough aims both high and low. On the one hand, he shows how the peaceable responses of Bear, equanimity unshaken despite discovering that her food stores have disappeared, to Rabbit’s rude comments and behavior gradually work a profound change in his character—and on the other, in the course of their exchanges, he has the long-eared lagomorph deliver a clinically explicit, hilariously extended disquisition on why his kind eats its own poo.…Young readers will come away with fresh insights into both poo and peacemaking.” (Animal fantasy. 6-8)” —Kirkus, starred review
“The lessons here are serious, but the irreverent text is uproariously funny, full of scatological humor and wild postulating. Field’s illustrations are the perfect pairing, capturing the wild-eyed panic alongside the sheer adorableness of the characters. A wonderfully silly tale that fits important lessons among literal poo humor.” —Emily Graham, Booklist
“Whether it’s the grisly truth about leporidae eating their poo, the hilarious, touching dynamic between big, gentle Bear and cantankerous, selfish—but not irredeemable—Rabbit, or Jim Field’s blue-white, deft and atmospheric images, there’s much to love in this splendid little book.” —The Guardian
“A delight, with super illustrations and a lovely story about friendship.” —Independent on Sunday
“A laugh-out-loud celebration of friendship, forest life...and poo.” —Metro
“This beginning chapter book is delightfully weird, hilarious, and tender-hearted!” —Imagination Soup
A bear's kindness and generosity sweeten a grumpy rabbit's sour outlook in this wintry woodland encounter. Gough aims both high and low. On the one hand, he shows how the peaceable responses of Bear, equanimity unshaken despite discovering that her food stores have disappeared, to Rabbit's rude comments and behavior gradually work a profound change in his character—and on the other, in the course of their exchanges, he has the long-eared lagomorph deliver a clinically explicit, hilariously extended disquisition on why his kind eats its own poo. Bear goes even further, saving Rabbit from an attacking wolf and then, when he shamefacedly produces the food that he had (yes) stolen earlier, inviting him to join her for a moonlit picnic and a snuggle in her cozy den. The narrative, laid out in short, well-leaded lines, likewise snuggles on every page with Field's duotone cartoon scenes of the two furry figures meeting, parting, starting separate snowmen but ultimately coming together to finish one, and finally sharing a honeycomb and other goodies before bedding down in the warm den. When, showing a newly awakened sense of compassion, Rabbit wonders if the snowman is lonely, Bear has the perfect solution: "In the morning," she murmurs drowsily, "we can make him a friend." Young readers will come away with fresh insights into both poo and peacemaking. (Animal fantasy. 6-8)
— Starred Review