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Rabbit's Bad Habits

Written by Julian Gough

Illustrated by Jim Field

Part of the Rabbit and Bear Series

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LoveReading View on Rabbit's Bad Habits

Laugh out loud story of bear and rabbit in the woods

Rabbit and Bear: Book 1

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 Synopsis

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 Press Reviews

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

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ISBN: 9781444921687
Publication date: 08/09/2016
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781444921687
Publication date: 8th September 2016
Author: Julian Gough
Illustrator: Jim Field
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 112 pages
Suitable for: 5+ readers, 7+ readers
Genres: Animals

About Julian Gough

Julian Gough is the author of several novels and children's books, some BBC radio plays, and the narrative at the end of the wonderful computer game, Minecraft (TIME magazine's computer game of the year). His first children's book, Rabbit's Bad Habits, published in 2016, has been widely critically-acclaimed; Neil Gaiman called 'a laugh-out-loud story', and Eoin Colfer called 'an instant modern classic'. Julian has won the BBC National Short Story Award and has been shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction. He also, in his youth, wrote the words (and sang) on four albums by the cult Galway ...

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