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Royal Rabbits of London: The Hunt for the Golden Carrot

Written by Santa Montefiore, Simon Sebag Montefiore

Illustrated by Kate Hindley

Part of the The Royal Rabbits of London Series

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Shylo the little rabbit proves his worth in another story of courage and daring

Shylo is the smallest rabbit in his family, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t strong, courageous and clever too. Indeed, he’s a key member of the Royal Rabbits whose duty it is to protect Queen and country from their warren under Buckingham Palace. When Shylo returns home for a visit, he finds that the peace of the countryside has been disrupted. A no-good rabbit called Harlequin has set up a commune and persuaded the other rabbits that together they’ll find the legendary Golden Carrot, though it will bring great risk to them and national security. He’s reckoned without little Shylo and his fellow rabbits-in-arms though … A perfect mix of excitement and charm, this story also neatly delivers messages about the importance of self-belief, generosity and true courage. There’s a wonderful cast of characters, it reads aloud beautifully and Kate Hindley’s delightful illustrations are full of life and energy.

Andrea Reece

Other Info

The 20th Century Fox animation of The Royal Rabbits of London is moving ahead as a hybrid-animated live-action feature film, with Will Davies confirmed to write the script. The Royal Rabbits of London was the first children’s book from the Montefiores and was inspired by their son Sasha, who imagined a society of rabbits living under Buckingham Palace, and developed with the advice of their daughter Lily when the children were seven and nine years old, respectively.

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Royal Rabbits of London: The Hunt for the Golden Carrot Synopsis

The adventure continues for Shylo and his Royal Rabbit friends in this charming series from bestselling authors Santa Montefiore and Simon Sebag Montefiore and illustrator Kate Hindley, which shows that even the smallest rabbit can be the biggest hero. Life is an adventure. Anything in the world is possible - by will and by luck, with a moist carrot, a wet noise and a slice of mad courage! Now that Shylo is a Royal Rabbit, his life is full of adventure and new friends, but he still misses his mother and family. So he jumps at the chance to visit his home warren! As soon as Shylo arrives he finds something strange and dark going on. A mysterious bunny called Harlequin is on the farm, attracting many followers with his crazy singing and loopy dancing.

But Harlequin is also digging for the Golden Carrot, which, says an ancient legend, will give him power over over all humans and animals. Harlequin believes it's buried somewhere on the farm. Then as more followers flock to the warren, Shylo wonders if the hunt for the Golden Carrot is a fun game or if Harlequin is plotting world domination... And when the quest turns deadly, Shylo calls in the Royal Rabbits. Can they stop power-mad Harlequin? And who will find the Carrot first?

Royal Rabbits of London: The Hunt for the Golden Carrot Reader Reviews

Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were lucky enough to read and review the first Royal Rabbits adventure. 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!'

Royal Rabbits of London: The Hunt for the Golden Carrot Press Reviews

Praise for The Royal Rabbits of London:

`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: 9781471171505
Publication date: 19/09/2019
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781471171505
Publication date: 19th September 2019
Author: Santa Montefiore, Simon Sebag Montefiore
Illustrator: Kate Hindley
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 240 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: General Fiction
Recommendations: 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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