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The Rabbits - John Marsden


Published: 1st May 2008
For Ages: 6 - 12 years old
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A rich and haunting allegory for all ages, all cultures.

'The rabbits came many grandparents ago.
They built houses, made roads, had children.
They cut down trees.
A whole continent of rabbits...'

The Rabbits offers a rich and immensely valuable perspective on the effect of man on his environment. Visually loaded and told with a passion for truth and understanding, The Rabbits aims to promote cultural awareness and a sense of caring for the natural world.

About the Author

John Marsden is one of the most popular writers of young adult fiction. His books have sold more than three million copies worldwide and he has won or been shortlisted for every major award for children's and young adult literature in Australia, including CBCA Children's Book of the Year and Picture Book of the Year, the National Book Award and numerous others. After more than thirty books he is arguably one of the best known and most respected novelists for young adults. He lives near Melbourne, where he is Principal of Candlebark School.

About the illustrator

Shaun Tan grew up in the northern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. He graduated from the University of WA in 1995 with joint honours in Fine Arts and English Literature, and currently works full time as a freelance artist and author. He lives in Melbourne with his partner Inari Kiuru and a small yellow parrot. Shaun began drawing and painting images for science fiction and horror stories in small-press magazines as a teenager, and has since become best known for illustrated books that deal with social, political and historical subjects through surreal, dream-like imagery.


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Complete perfect

By Paul the rabbits..

from melbourne Australia

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Understand
  • Informative
  • Inspirational
  • Relevant
  • Well Written


    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Older Readers
    • Reference
    • Special Needs
    • Travel Reading
    • Younger Readers

    Comments about The Rabbits:

    This is a brilliant book not only does it have a social comentary it is a visual feast..
    Shaun Tan does not disapoint here,
    His illistrations go beyond the pausable to the fantastical and yet the book has a depth that can match any written word -
    You feel like you are looking at a roseta stone and it is your job to reveal its secrets.
    His images have layer upon layer of suggested meanings that entice the reader to discover more.

    Although the perticular significance of the book is its main theme of the experience of invasion and colonisation and all the implications that, that enlists socialy and personaly ..
    I still think how profound it is to find a Artist,illustrator ,writer who can successfully bridge that gap between childrens and adults literature on so many subtle levels ? Not many in my opinion..
    This book will always be one of my beloved treasures for so,so many reasons..

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    ISBN: 9780734410788
    ISBN-10: 0734410786
    Audience: Children
    For Ages: 6 - 12 years old
    Format: Hardcover
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 42
    Published: 1st May 2008
    Publisher: Hachette Australia
    Dimensions (cm): 31.4 x 24.2  x 0.8
    Weight (kg): 0.46