Fierce Bad Rabbits
- Author Clare Pollard
- Narrator Clare Pollard
- Publisher Penguin Books Ltd
- Run Time 7 hours and 35 minutes
- Format Audio
- Genre Autobiography: writers, Children’s and teenage book reviews and guides, Literary companions, book reviews and guides, Literary studies: c 1900 to c 2000, Literary studies: fiction, novelists and prose writers, Literary studies: from c 2000, Literary theory, Material culture, Memoirs, Publishing industry and journalism.
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Fierce Bad Rabbits takes us on an eye-opening journey in a pea-green boat through the history of picture books. From Edward Lear through to Julia Donaldson, Clare Pollard shines a light on some of our best-loved childhood stories and what they really mean, weaving in tales from her own childhood and her re-readings 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. Sparkling with wit, magic and nostalgia, Fierce Bad Rabbits will make you see even stories you’ve read a hundred times afresh.
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 parentPenelope Lively
This book is a happy way to reconnect with old friendsTimes
An enlightening, perceptive analysis of the books that build usSunday 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 intactSpectator
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 childi
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 RabbitsDaily Telegraph
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