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The Rabbits - John Marsden


Published: 1st May 2008
For Ages: 6 - 12 years old
Ships: 5 to 9 business days
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RRP $28.99

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.




This book is a fabulous resource - it has so many potential applications. It's cultural and philosophical relevance, it's literacy (metaphorical) relevance and is beautifully illustrated. An absolute gem.

Newcastle, NSW Australia


This will a childrens classic!


What a way to explain the settling of Australia, from the point of view of the Original Inhabitants!

The Brook


Complete perfect


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..

melbourne Australia


The Rabbits

5.0 3


John Marsden

A trained educator with a natural gift for storytelling, John Marsden is arguably Australia’s foremost writer of Young Adult fiction.

Whilst working at the prestigious Geelong Grammar School, Marsden made the decision to write for teenagers, following his dissatisfaction with his students’ apathy towards reading and the observation that teenagers simply weren’t reading any more. Marsden then wrote So Much To Tell You in only three weeks, and the book was published in 1987. The book sold record numbers and won numerous awards including “Book of the Year” as awarded by the Children’s Book Council of Australia.

In 1993 Marsden published Tomorrow, When the War Began the first book in the Tomorrow series and his most acclaimed and best-selling work to date. Recently it was selected in the American Library Association list of 100 Best Books for Teens since 1966.

Marsden has won every major writing award in Australia for young people’s fiction, including what Marsden describes as one of the highlights of his career, the 2006 Lloyd O’Neil Award for contributions to Australian publishing. This award means that Marsden is one of only five authors to be honoured for lifelong services to the Australian book industry. John Marsden was also nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2008, the world’s largest children’s and youth literature award, and the second largest literature prize in the world.

Visit John Marsden's Booktopia Author Page

ISBN: 9780734410788
ISBN-10: 0734410786
Audience: Children
For Ages: 6 - 12 years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 1st May 2008
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 31.4 x 24.2  x 0.8
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition