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A Bite in the Night

Written by Julian Gough

Illustrated by Jim Field

Part of the Rabbit and Bear Series

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A Bite in the Night Review

Books of the Month Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 5+ readers Featured Books for 7+ readers Humorous Stories about Animals Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE)

A welcome fourth adventure for one of the best and most entertaining double acts in children’s books.

Longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2021

Rabbit and Bear: Book 4 Rabbit is worried: trees in their forest are disappearing and, worse still, the stream has moved – even unflappable Bear declares herself ‘close to being slightly worried’ at that. The cause is the arrival of Castor Canadensis, a beaver, who is delighted with engineering as a means of building ‘New, Bigger and Better things’ in the name of ‘Progress’. It suits some of the animals, but definitely not all. Fortunately, Bear finds a way to get the animals working together, so that Castor’s hard work benefits them all, himself included. As ever, there’s as much insight as humour, and it’s a superb read aloud story. Gough and Field make creating books this good look simple, because they’re both masters at what they do. Treat yourself, and buy all four books.

Andrea Reece

A Bite in the Night Synopsis

Rabbit is surprised: some of the trees in the valley seem to be flying south for the winter. His friend Bear is sure that trees can't fly. Then there's a loud CRUNCH! from Very Near By. It sounds like the world's largest rabbit, eating the world's largest carrot.

There's a new creature in Rabbit and Bear's valley, and he's trying to Change Everything.

From novelist and playwright Julian Gough, and the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, Jim Field, this is a tale of friendship, Progess, and all kinds of getting muddy. 

A Bite in the Night Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading4Kids expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

A fantastic addition to The Rabbit and Bear series which will be very popular with emerging readers. Very high production values, beautiful illustrations and a sweet story about the importance of friendship. This one will fly off the library shelves. Full review

Sarah Ormes

'A Bite In the Night': share this funny and quirky tale of friendship and the environment with your child. The fourth in the highly illustrated Rabbit and Bear series. Full review

Samantha Letters

Great characters and a fun, appealing layout. Full review

Milo Jones (Age 4)

An entertaining animal adventure! Full review

Charlotte Walker

A Bite in the Night Press Reviews

'A perfect animal double-act.' -- The Times, Book of the Week

'Rabbit's Bad Habits is a breath of fresh air in children's fiction, a laugh-outloud 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


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ISBN: 9781444921748
Publication date: 20/02/2020
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781444921748
Publication date: 20th February 2020
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: Family / Home Stories, Humorous, Animals, Personal Social Health Economic
Recommendations: Books of the Month, Reluctant Readers, Reviewed by Children
Collections: 30 Children's Books to Improve Self-Esteem and Build Confidence,

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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