Fierce Bad Rabbits: The Tales Behind Children’s Picture Books by Pollard, Clare

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ISBN 9780241354780 – Fig Tree – Penguin UK Hardback 304 pp – August 2019

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.

A nostalgic and eye-opening journey through our best-loved picture books, from Peter Rabbit to The Gruffalo.

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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?

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 Julia Donaldson, Clare Pollard shines a light on some of our best-loved childhood stories and what they really mean, weaving in tales from her own childhood and her re-readings as a parent. 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 will make you see even stories you’ve read a hundred times afresh.