The Royal Rabbits of London

Written by Santa Montefiore, Simon Sebag Montefiore

Illustrated by Kate Hindley

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LoveReading View on The Royal Rabbits of London

In a nutshell: rabbits save the queen  |   You may not know this, but whenever a rabbit hears the words ‘the Queen’, they sit up and use their ears to bow, even if they are in bed or on the run, at least according to this charming new book by best-selling authors Santa and Simon Sebag Montefiore. It’s testament to their gifts as storytellers that within a few paragraphs readers will believe this completely, and be immersed in a world in which rabbits wear clothes, read stories of heroes and boldly take on rats that dare threaten her majesty. There are shades of Watership Down in the story of Shylo, the runt who embarks on a daring adventure, but it brings to mind Wind in the Willows too, in the depictions of the English countryside and the creation of eccentric yet believable animal characters.  ~ Andrea Reece

One of our Books of the Year 2016

The Royal Rabbits of London Synopsis

Life is an adventure. Anything in the world is possible - by will and by luck, with a moist carrot, a wet nose and a slice of mad courage!

Shylo has always been the runt of the litter, the weakest and quietest of all of his family, his siblings spend their days making fun of him for not being like the rest of them. But when Shylo stumbles across a band of ratzis and overhears their evil plan to take a photo of the Queen in her nightie, it's up to this unlikely hero to travel to London and inform the Royal Rabbits of London about the diabolical plot!

The Royal Rabbits of London have a proud history of protecting the royal family and now the secret society need to leap into action to stop the ratzis...But can a rabbit as feeble and shy as Shylo convince them that Queen is in danger?

The Hobbit meets Fantastic Mr Fox meets Watership Down in this charming novel from bestselling authors Santa and Sebag Montefiore, which proves even the smallest rabbit can be the biggest hero.

The Royal Rabbits of London Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Book Brothers - Alexander Bisland, age 11 and Daniel, age 9 - 'We enjoyed this book because it is adventurous, exciting and it teaches you "BIG THINGS come in small packages".'
  • Toby Little, age 8 - 'The story has made me think about what it means to be brave. Sometimes, brave means doing what you think you can’t, but what you know is right and needs to be done...I hope there is a sequel.'
  • Beatrice Whithear, age 9 - 'This is a brilliant book...It did make me think that maybe there really is The Royal Rabbits of London.'
  • Josh Parcell, age 9 - 'An amazing book full of action that intrigued me and kept me wanting to read every word.... Shylo the young rabbit has to help stop the Queen’s crown and nightie being stolen.'
  • Matthew Stokes, age 9 - 'I thought this book was great. I read it very quickly and knew it was going to be awesome after the first chapter.'
  • Jessica loxton, age 9 - 'This book was good and I did enjoy reading it...I would tell my friends to read it too.'
  • Mira Ruby Lalji, age 7    - 'I liked it because it showed me that the smallest can sometimes be the bravest.  I felt like after each chapter finished, I wanted to read the next one right away. '
  • Florence Bridgeman, age 6 - 'The adventures of Shylo, a mocked and ridiculed ‘Runt of the Warren’ who has to go on a perilous quest. Superb!'

The Royal Rabbits of London Press Reviews

`The Royal Rabbits of London is sweet, funny and beautifully illustrated'   The Times

`Enchanting....Kate Hindley's illustrations are a treat'   The Lady

`Packed with fun, fantasy and the sort of adventure guaranteed to have sticky little fingers hungrily turning the pages'    The Mail on Sunday

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781471157882
Publication date: 23/03/2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781471157868
Publication date: 06/10/2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781471157882
Publication date: 23rd March 2017
Author: Santa Montefiore, Simon Sebag Montefiore
Illustrator: Kate Hindley
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 208 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, General Fiction, Animals
Recommendations: Reluctant Readers, eBooks
Other Categories: Reviewed by Children

About Santa Montefiore, Simon Sebag Montefiore

Santa Montefiore and Simon Sebag Montefiore are renowned storytellers whose globally bestselling books have been published in over forty languages. Both have written number one Sunday Times bestsellers. Santa Montefiore is a novelist. Simon Sebag Montefiore writes both fiction and non-fiction (to follow the author on twitter: @simonmontefiore. For more information: www.simonsebagmontefiore.com.) They are married, have two children and live in London.  

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