Rabbit's Bad Habits by Julian Gough

Rabbit's Bad Habits

Written by Julian Gough
Illustrated by Jim Field
Part of the Rabbit and Bear Series

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In a nutshell: laugh out loud story of bear and rabbit in the woods | There are lots of unusual friendships in children’s books, very few quite like the one described in this story, and virtually none so comic. Rabbit is such a grouch he can hardly pronounce the word ‘fun’, but then maybe that’s not surprising: he spends his days eating, pooing, then eating his poo. Bear on the other hand is the total opposite, she’s generous, content, and always ready to give people the benefit of the doubt. The story of how their friendship develops over the course of one snowy day (and via a narrow escape from a wolf) is funny, uplifting and beautifully told. Word-perfect, picture-perfect, this is a small work of genius. ~ Andrea Reece


Rabbit's Bad Habits by Julian Gough

From novelist and playwright Julian Gough, and the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, Jim Field, comes a laugh-out-loud funny story of a rabbit and bear who discover that things are always better when they're shared with a friend...

Bear wakes up early from hibernation. If she can't sleep, then at least she can make a snowman. Rabbit has never made a snowman, but he definitely wants to make one that's better than Bear's. But with an avalanche and a hungry wolf heading his way, Rabbit soon realises that it might be nice to have a friend on your side. Especially when it comes to building snowmen...

A tale of friendship, gravity, and just a little bit of poo.


Rabbit's Bad Habits is a breath of fresh air in children's fiction, a laugh-out-loud story of rabbit and wolf and bear, of avalanches and snowmen. The sort of story that makes you want to send your children to bed early, so you can read it to them. Neil Gaiman

Rabbit's Bad Habits should become an instant modern classic. Stands shoulder to shoulder with Pooh and Toad. Cheeky, delightful and hilarious. Eoin Colfer

A perfect animal double-act enchants. -- Alex O'Connell The Times

Sure to become a firm favourite The Bookbag

A laugh out loud story with just a hint of poo. Charlie Byrne's Bookshop

A charming, wonderful and eccentric story Sschambe Blog It's an exhilarating, very quietly educational, and - most of all - riotously funny read. Waterstones, Leilah Skelton

This is a superb book and the real joy to me is in the conversations (sometimes quite philosophical) between Rabbit and Bear. Parents In Touch

It's beautifully illustrated and is a super story, with cheeky one-liners, that is ideal to share on cold winter evenings Manchester Evening News

A great book that will become a classic London Mums Magazine

What a treat this little book is! Not only does it have a funny and warm story that is full of heart, it is also gorgeously presented with spot-colour illustrations by Jim Field...Lots of fun, highly recommended. -- Anna Flinn Reading Zone

About the Author

Julian Gough

Julian Gough is a novelist, playwright, poet, musician and script-writer, and this is his first series for children. He was born in London, grew up in Ireland and now lives in Berlin. Jim Field has illustrated a wide range of projects including CATS AHOY! (winner of the Roald Dahl funny prize), MAGIC INK, and Kes Gray's OI FROG! and HOW MANY LEGS? He lives in Paris.

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112 pages
Interest Age: From 5


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Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group

Publication date

8th September 2016




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