When Bunnies Turn Bad by Philip Ardagh

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The prize-winning Grubtown series is back with a new ludicrous adventure which shows exactly why its predecessor won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. This time Bunny Rabbits – far too many of them – paper aeroplanes and the Sun-Ripe Raisin Man are all involved in a delightfully daft but utterly absorbing story in a place where you can expect only the most unusual things to happen – and they do!


When Bunnies Turn Bad by Philip Ardagh

If Beardy Ardagh is to be believed, the trouble begins when a monkey escapes from the grubtown old folks home, or when the sun-ripe raisin man decides to give up shrivelled dried grapes and to grow vegetables instead. Whatever the beginning, it all ends up with far too many bunny rabbits and a serious problem with paper aeroplanes. Philip Ardagh shows just what it is that would make any sane-minded person avoid visiting Grubtown for business or pleasure at all costs, and excactly why fun-loving readers (of all ages) should head straight for a shelf of Grubtown Tales.

About the Author

Philip Ardagh

Philip Ardagh was our Guest Editor in May 2010. Click here to see the books that inspired him.

Philip Ardagh, whose very first Grubtown Tale won him the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, is author of numerous books including the award-winning Eddie Dickens adventures, which have been translated into over 30 languages.

He wrote BBC Radio’s first truly interactive radio drama, collaborated with Sir Paul McCartney on his first children’s book and is a ‘regularly irregular’ reviewer of children’s books for the Guardian. Married with a son, he divides his time between Tunbridge Wells and Grubtown, where he cultivates his impressive beard.

And if your children love Grubtown then do get them to go to www.visitgrubtown.com

Drawing on the weird and wonderful characters and settings from the Grubtown books, visitgrubtown.com features six distinct Grubtown locations – including the Daily Herald newspaper office, the Duckhouse/Museum and Smoky’s cinema. The site incorporates fun audio and video - what more could you ask for!

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160 pages
Interest Age: from 7 to 9


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Faber & Faber

Publication date

5th May 2011




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