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‘Packed with fun, fantasy and the sort of adventure guaranteed to have sticky little fingers hungrily turning the pages’ The Mail on Sunday
‘The Royal Rabbits is sweet, funny and beautifully illustrated' The Times
Shylo's adventures with his Royal Rabbit friends continue in this charming series from bestselling authors Santa Montefiore and Simon Sebag Montefiore and illustrator Kate Hindley, that proves even the smallest rabbit can be the biggest hero.
Life is an adventure. Anything in the world is possible – by will and by luck, with a moist carrot, a wet noise and a slice of mad courage!
Little Shylo Tawny-Tail is proud to call himself one of the Royal Rabbits of London, a secret order who live under Buckingham Palace and fight evil across the world.
But high up in one of London’s famous skyscrapers, the horrible Ratzis are plotting to cause chaos during a visit from the President of the United States. And when the Grand Burrow is attacked and Shylo is kidnapped, it looks as though they might just manage it! Can Shylo escape in time to save the day?
The Montefiores, who are spouses and bestselling adult authors, shine in their debut collaboration and first book for children, which blends a contemporary setting with old-fashioned charms. Originally published in the U.K., their rabbit saga opens in rural England, where Shylo Tawny-Tail, an eye-patch-wearing runt of the litter, overhears three camera-toting rats aka Ratzis hatching a nefarious plan. They intend to sneak into the Queen's bedroom in Buckingham Palace, photograph her in her nightie, and sell the scandalous pictures online. Horatio, the warren's wise elder, dispatches Shylo to warn the Royal Rabbits who live below the palace and protect the royals: "Go! By will and by luck, with a moist carrot, a wet nose, and a slice of mad courage!" Shylo wends his way to London and, conquering fears and self-doubt, leads the delightfully eccentric Royal Rabbits on a labyrinthine search for a secret tunnel to foil the rats' paparazzi-style scheme. Composed of whisker-thin lines, newcomer Hindley's scratchy b&w illustrations echo the classic qualities of this polished animal fantasy driven, of all things, by a defense of one's right to privacy in a digital world. Ages 8 12.