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Fierce Bad Rabbits: The Tales Behind Children's Picture Books

Fierce Bad Rabbits: The Tales Behind Children's Picture Books (Hardback)

By Pollard, Clare

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What is The Tiger Who Came to Tea really about? What has Meg and Mog got to do with Polish embroidery? Why is death in picture books so often represented by being eaten? We've read Green Eggs and Ham, laughed at Mr Tickle and whetted our appetites with The Very Hungry Caterpillar... read full description below.

ISBN 9780241354780
Barcode 9780241354780
Published 6 August 2019 by Penguin
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780241354780
ISBN-10 0241354781
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Fig Tree
Publication Date 6 August 2019
International Publication Date 1 August 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Pollard, Clare
Category Literary Reference Works
Literary Theory
Literary Studies: 19Th Century
Literary Studies: From C 1900 -
Novels, Other Prose & Writers
Children's Literature Studies: General
Biography & Autobiography: Literary
Cultural Studies
Social & Cultural History
Publishing Industry
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 144mm
Height: 222mm
Spine: 30mm
Weight 422g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Illustrated children's books - History
NBS Text Autobiography: Literary
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 002.083
Catalogue Code 995927

Description of this Book

What is The Tiger Who Came to Tea really about? What has Meg and Mog got to do with Polish embroidery? Why is death in picture books so often represented by being eaten? We've read Green Eggs and Ham, laughed at Mr Tickle and whetted our appetites with The Very Hungry Caterpillar. But what lies behind the picture books that make up our childhood? Fierce Bad Rabbits takes us on an eye-opening journey on a pea-green boat through the history of picture books. From Edward Lear through to Beatrix Potter and contemporary picture books like Stick Man, Clare Pollard shines a light on some of our best-loved childhood stories, their histories and what they really mean. 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 weaves in tales from Clare's own childhood, and her re-readings as a parent, with fascinating facts and theories about the authors behind the books. Introducing you to new treasures while bringing your childhood favourites to vivid life, it will make you see even stories you've read a hundred times afresh.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ 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 *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Clare Pollard is an award-winning poet and playwright based in London. She is the author of five poetry collections, the editor of the Modern Poetry in Translation magazine, and poetry editor for The Idler. She is striving to build the perfect picture book library for her two small children.

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