Published by Simon and Schuster

A number of this charming book arrived in the store today. Published as a small octavo hard back with a wonderful dust jacket – it is very distinct.

There are not enough good quality books for this age group. It is often difficult to find books that are well written, with a good engaging plot and pictures that complement the book. This small book ticks all those boxes…

At least so far; I have only just started it, however I am confident that I am very unlikely to change my mind about it.

I picked up a copy and started to read it on the shop floor. Not something that is really approved of; we are there to sell books, not to read them. So most of my knowledge comes from those I either buy, or receive as proofs and read on the train and in bed, just before my cat gets too irritated and pushes the book out of the way, or knocks the pile by my bed to the floor.

I have so far read to the end of chapter 4 – and I’m thoroughly enjoying the story – I want to know all about Shylo and Horatio’s history too – I’m curious to find out why Horatio is in such a tatty condition.

I have recently set up a small table for books for this age group that shouldn’t be missed. It will be put there when I get into work tomorrow.

It starts with the definition of different types of rabbit… Please see the entry for the play Toad of Toad Hall, the play for which I have written a post, which references different types of rabbit – so this pleased me from the beginning.  The Rabbit Kingdom, it seems, is made up of six different types:

Buck – A male rabbit.

Bunkin – A country rabbit.

Bunny – A young rabbit.

Doe – A female rabbit.

Hopter – A large, strong and clever rabbit

and lastly – perhaps the best,

Thumper – A Special Forces commando rabbit.

It starts with our hero Shylo, a young bunny visiting Horatio, a rabbit with a bit of history. He lives on his own on the outskirts of the warren near the farm and Shylo is not supposed to go anywhere near the farm and certainly never to speak to Horatio…

He has visited Horatio at least once before to listen to his stories about The Royal Rabbits of London and Horatio’s adventures. I’m afraid Shylo hasn’t been very honest with his mother; making up stories about where he goes when he is supposed to be out foraging.

I have just reached the part when Maximilian his eldest brother catches up with him…

Its superb – beautifully written, and illustrated by Kate Hindley with gorgeous black and white pictures which are full of character.

If I can I’d like to have an event for the book – but that is something I will have to look into tomorrow. The book though should be purchased by everyone – at just £11 (less 1 penny) it won’t break the bank and further will encourage those younger readers with parents of a wise, discerning and sensible disposition to try something new.

Buy it. Waterstones Finchley Road O2 have some signed copies. At least they did this evening. We may run out in the next few days.