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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.

Critics Review

  • 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

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