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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Illustrated edition edition (4 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330511076
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330511070
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 0.4 x 24.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 628,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Natalie Russell is a talented author, illustrator and printmaker and has exhibited widely. She lives in Broughty Ferry in Scotland, where rabbits live happily on hillsides - and on the roundabout next to the station. When Natalie's not in her studio creating books, she can be found at Dundee University where she teaches illustration.

BROWN RABBIT IN THE CITY follows the two stars of her first screen printed book, MOON RABBIT (978-0-230-70186-1) which published earlier this year to critical acclaim both in the UK and US.


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Format: Paperback
I found this in a book shop and thought the illustrations were gorgeous. On first reading the story, I wondered if the message was more aimed at adults than my 2 year old. However, it has become his most requested book - I think because it has lots of recognisable places in it. He likes talking about going to a cafe and eating carrot cake like the rabbit for example, and always stops at the picture of the rabbit on the telephone at the beginning and pretends he is the rabbit phoning his friend. I don't agree with the reviewer who has said the story pushes consumerism too much (and I am wary of this myself) - for me, it simply shows lots of the places we go in our daily lives.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By reallyshinyshoes on 17 April 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a lovely story about two bbf's (bunny best friends) amazingly illustrated and lovingly told. My nearly 3yr old daughter loves it and we read it twice a night. A really good gift idea, because, sadly but happily for us its not hugely popular but you will be when you buy it!
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Informed Parent on 23 April 2011
Format: Paperback
I picked up a copy of "brown rabbit in the city" on recommendation, and was very disappointed. While I appreciate that modern day society is about promoting consumerism at every turn and valuing only material objects, this was the first time I'd found it in a children's book and it took me aback frankly.

"Hat, bags, bangles & scarves. Little Rabbit wanted to try them all." The book basically lays out a trip to the city darting around shops and cafes to finally wrap-up with a brief realisation that the two friends have been ignoring and neglecting one another. A welcome respite but the book's central tenet is anything but friendship and the real value of relationships. Another book by the same author (Hamish the Highland Cow) talks of a scruffy cow who's a misfit in his peer group until he finally gets his hair trimmed and subsequently gets showered with gifts by his friends for tidying himself up. So you'd better not try to raise your kid to be anything other than compliant with the group!

I'm just not a fan of this kind of programming, so I think I'll be sticking to the offerings of Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler, Lydia Monks, et al. You can make up your own mind, but in my opinion it's books like these -especially read time and again- that give our children moral direction.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
not bad for a sequel 6 Jan. 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book picks up where "Moon Rabbit" (same author) leaves off.

Plots:
"Moon Rabbit" is a lovely book where a little white city rabbit, Little Rabbit, is lonely until she finds a friend, Brown Rabbit, who lives in a park outside the city where she (Little Rabbit) lives. The two rabbits have a great time together but eventually Little Rabbit misses the city and goes home--but she is no longer lonely because she now has Brown Rabbit as her friend and he is going to come visit her the next day.
In "Brown Rabbit in the city" Brown Rabbit comes to visit Little Rabbit in the city and gets worn out because Little Rabbit runs him ragged trying to show him everything there is to do in the city. It all works out though--Little Rabbit figures out her mistake and they spend a quiet afternoon at a city park enjoying each others' company.

To me "Brown Rabbit" is a bit preachy compared to "Moon Rabbit" and it bothers me that the two friends have to return to a park to enjoy each others' company; but my toddler really enjoys the drama of Brown Rabbit's distress followed by the happy resolution.

The illustrative style is very calm and quietly beautiful--it's well represented on the cover: that style and color pallet are used throughout.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has "Moon Rabbit" (which my toddler also loves), but I'd be less likely to recommend it as a stand-alone.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Country, City Friends 27 July 2010
By Catherine W. Hughes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Brown Rabbit goes to visit Little Rabbit in the city. They look at tall buildings, walk down crowded streets, go to art galleries and even take the underground train. Through the hustle and the bustle of the city, Brown Rabbit wears out. He can't join in the night-time party. Brown Rabbit slips off. Little Rabbit searches high and low for her friend; only to find him eating a piece of cake in a café. Brown Rabbit lets Little Rabbit know that he came to the city to see her, not to see the city. The two friends slip off to stroll down the streets and enjoy the rest of their time together.
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Beautiful book 21 May 2011
By Dave Schwartz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I picked this book up in a bookstore, not having read MOON RABBIT, because its illustrations looked interesting. When I got it home and read it to my toddler, we were both entranced by the artwork. It's just gorgeous.

The story's a good one, too: Brown Rabbit's off to the city to meet with his friend Little Rabbit, but ends up getting a little lost in the shuffle. Russell does a good job of communicating the urban hustle and bustle in her artwork, and the story's structure builds naturally to a resolution that I found touching and cute.

This was the first Natalie Russell book that I bought, but on the strength of it I've ordered MOON RABBIT and bought a copy to give as a gift. Russell's art just has the "something" that appeals to both toddlers and adults, and I'm looking forward to seeing more of it.
I know the author 22 July 2013
By Eugenia B. Zarate - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book was written by a lady I know personally. I buy her books for my grandkids who simply love them.
Great book 11 May 2013
By Abigail C Wuest - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book. The illustrations are lovely and the message is really a good one. My 2 year old daughter likes it a lot.
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