The Rabbits

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Simply Read Books, 2003 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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Illustrated by Shaun Tan. Bestselling author, Marsden, has created a dramatically moving allegory of colonisation told from the perspective of native animals, in this stunningly illustrated volume. Examining the consequences of the arrival of a group of rabbits with unfamiliar ways, the story shows how colonisation can result in the domination of the environment and its other inhabitants. A thought-provoking book, it earned its author and illustrator the CBCA Picture Book of the Year.

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It's a love-hate relationship with this book. Gorgeous illustrations and an allegorical message that should be light and deft but somehow comes across as being heavy-handed and a touch hypocritical ... Read full review

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It's a love-hate relationship with this book. Gorgeous illustrations and an allegorical message that should be light and deft but somehow comes across as being heavy-handed and a touch hypocritical ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

John Marsden (born in 1950) lives on an 850-acre property just outside Melbourne, Australia, where he runs writing camps and writing courses. He tours the world giving talks and holding workshops. He's now published thirty books, and his world-wide sales total 2 1/2 million. He will be featured at the Melbourne Writers Festival Schools Program 2015.

Shaun Tan was born in Fremantle, Western Australia. He is an artist, writer, and film maker. In 2006, his wordless graphic novel The Arrival won the "Book of the Year" prize as part of the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards. The same book won the Children's Book Council of Australia "Picture Book of the Year" award in 2007. and the Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Premier's Prize in 2006. For his career contribution to "children's and young adult literature in the broadest sense" Tan won the 2011 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award from the Swedish Arts Council, the biggest prize in children's literature. In 2015 his title, Rules of Summer was one of four books selected for the United States Board of Books for Young People list of Outstanding International Books for children and young adults. This title was also shortlisted for the 2015 Kate Greenaway Medal for distinguished illustration in children's books. He also made the Indie Awards 2016 shortlist in the Children's category with his title, The Singing Bones.

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