I love that the inspiration behind ‘The Royal Rabbits’ of London came from a late night conversation between parents and a child who was struggling to go to sleep. The thing he loved the most was rabbits and he imagined them living under Buckingham Palace and so this enchanting story was born. Meet Shylo a hopeless rabbit who is slow and clumsy in contrast to the rest of his siblings who are quick and bouncy, destined to live his life as a permanent disappointment to his family. But when Shylo accidentally stumbles across a bunch of menacing rats who are plotting against the Queen. He is forced to find his courage and travel to London to inform the Royal Rabbits in order to thwart their devious plan.
In ‘The Royal Rabbits of London’ a truly believable world has been created, you can instantly visualise this hidden society of animals who are so human like in their behaviour. From using tablets and mobile phones as if this is perfectly normal, to reading newspapers yet they still face the challenges that ordinary animals encounter. Prepare to suspend your disbelief and immerse yourself in this journey to discover these undercover protectors of our Royal Family so that this dastardly plot can be spoilt. Follow Shylo as he searches for the hidden depths of his courage as he tries to outwit and outmanoeuvre the enemy. The characterisation in this story is just wonderful from the timid but courageous Shylo, to the nasty greasy Ratzis each character is distinct in their personality. Kate Hindley’s incredibly beautiful and endearing illustrations capture the traits of these characters wonderfully. They complement the story and help to engage readers with their warmth and energy. Delightful and charming, this tale provides a gentle reassurance to children that they don’t have to be the biggest, bravest and most popular to help save the day. Containing just the right amount of terror and danger to captivate the younger reader and give it a real element of suspense this is an exciting read.
Thank you to Simon & Schuster for sending me a copy of this book.