Fierce Bad Rabbits
The Tales Behind Children’s Picture Books
(Fig Tree, an imprint of Penguin Books)– hardback
‘Fierce Bad Rabbits‘ is essential reading matter for parents, teachers, librarians and children’s booksellers. Poet Clare Pollard takes us behind the stories of some of our best-loved picture books. Furthermore, she examines the makers; their motivations, histories and impact. Alongside these stories are Clare Pollard’s own. She reflects upon her own childhood, the reliability of memory and the stories that she read, told and heard, and the stories her own young children will remember and share.
When were we first aware of picture books? What are picture books? Could the first picture book be considered Orbis sensualiam pictus, published in the late seventeenth century in Nuremberg? Possibly, it is ‘A Little Pretty Pocket Book‘ or ‘The Butterfly’s Ball, and the Grasshopper’s Feast’. What were the reasons for their creation? How were they created? What was their market?
Which picture books impacted most upon our society? How have picture books evolved? Which picture books have lasted, appreciated, grown and why?
After hearing Clare Pollard speak on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, I determined that ‘Fierce Bad Rabbits’ was a title that our readers would appreciate. It is captivating, informative and reflects our stories alongside those of so many beloved titles.