Reader Reviewed The Royal Rabbits of London by Santa Montefiore, Simon Sebag Montefiore

The Royal Rabbits of London

Written by Santa Montefiore, Simon Sebag Montefiore
Illustrated by Kate Hindley

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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

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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 by Santa Montefiore, Simon Sebag Montefiore

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 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

About the Author

Santa Montefiore, Simon Sebag Montefiore

Santa and Simon Sebag Montefiore are both number one bestselling adult authors, both in the UK and internationally, with an avid fanbase who will be keen to introduce their favourite authors to their children. This is their first novel for children.

Santa Montefiore is a bestselling author with over a million copies of her books in print. Born in England in 1970, Santa Montefiore grew up in Hampshire. She is married to historian Simon Sebag Montefiore. They live with their two children, Lily and Sasha, in London.

Simon Sebag Montefiore is a historian of Russia and author of Potemkin: Catherine the Great's Imperial Partner; Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar; and the bestselling Young Stalin. Simon Sebag Montefiore's bestselling and prize-winning books are now published in over 45 languages. His new book The Romanovs: 1613-1918 has been universally acclaimed and is already a bestseller in the UK, Australia and the USA where it was in the New York Times bestseller list for eight weeks. Montefiore has won literary prizes for both fiction and non-fiction. His latest novel, One Night in Winter won the Best Political Novel of the Year Prize and was longlisted for the Orwell Prize. He is now writing the third novel in this trilogy. To follow the author on twitter: @simonmontefiore. For more information:

Kate Hindley is a talented new illustrator who graduated from Falmouth School of Art in 2008. Kate lives in Worcestershire.

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208 pages


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Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd

Publication date

23rd March 2017




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