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The Rabbit Problem Paperback – Illustrated, 6 Aug 2010


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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Main Market Ed. edition (6 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330503979
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330503976
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 0.6 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Emily Gravett was born in Brighton. She left school with few qualifications and spent 8 years living on the road (in a variety of vehicles including a truck, caravan and RAF petrol bus called Toby Diesel) before settling back in Brighton and getting a place on the BA(Hons) Illustration course at Brighton University.

Her first picture book WOLVES was published in August 2005 to great acclaim, winning the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal and a clutch of other awards it marked the beginning of a stellar career creating extraordinary books for children.

Emily has also won the Best Emerging Illustrator Award at the Booktrust Early Years Awards for MONKEY AND ME and the bronze award in the 6-8 age category at the Nestle Children's Book Prize for LITTLE MOUSE'S BIG BOOK OF FEARS. In 2008 Emily was awarded the rare honour of a second CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for LITTLE MOUSE'S BIG BOOK OF FEARS.

Emily lives in Brighton with her family and their two dogs, Otto and Edith.

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About the Author

Emily Gravett is an author-illustrator of unique talent and skill and has won both the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal and the Nestlé Children’s Book Prize Bronze Award twice: first for WOLVES (978-1-4050-5362-3) in 2005, and again for LITTLE MOUSE’S BIG BOOK OF FEARS (978-0-230-0619-4) in 2008. Emily lives in Brighton with her partner, their daughter and the two family dogs.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By MartinRG TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Sept. 2009
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The Rabbit Problem absolutely oozes quality. The format of the book as a calendar lets you live the year with the poor rabbits (it even has holes so you can hang it up), and the addition of items attached to each page brings it alive. I particularly liked the newspaper detailing the boredom in the field which, rather than just being a token couple of entries, was actually worth reading itself. I also liked the birth book for the first newborns. Attention to detail like this made it interesting to talk through the maths problem (not, of course, that this is a maths book...) with my 7 year old son, who now knows Fibonacci's theory (and now so do I!).

The graphics are very rich are full of small details which are missed the first time but are noticed on subsequent readings. It is recommended more as a book to read to a child, and to lead them through the story, rather than to leave them alone with it. I could see this is being used in a primary school class to discuss the issues the rabbits faced, in terms of food shortages (nice ration book included) and overpopulation.

I very nice book which makes me want to read much more of Emily Gravett's work.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JBV VINE VOICE on 23 Aug. 2009
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"Join Me. Where: The Field. When? Right now! The Lonely Rabbit."

This is a great book for adults and children alike. Laid out in the form of a calender, you follow the joys and difficulties that the rabbits go though during the year. The illustrations are both detailed and funny, with more than just rabbits. For those who remember the book Masquerade, it's a similar idea, but without the irritating puzzles.

Most pages have some sort of insert, a good example being February: The Cold Rabbit Problem, which has a fully illustrated knitting pattern. I can't knit, but even I could follow the abbreviations. Knit 1, Purl 1, Have a cuppa! Sounds just like my grandma when she used to knit.

The whole of this book is an illustration of Fibonacci's rabbit problem, which is explained in Fibonacci fields only local news paper The Fibber (See July - The Bored Rabbit Problem.) Basically, each number is the sum of the two preceding numbers: i.e. the number sequence 1,1,2,3,5,8,... Just remember, this is NOT a maths book.

I had thought of giving this book to my Grandson, but it's too good to give away. He'll just have to wait until he's older and buy his own copy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mummy on 7 Aug. 2010
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Several reviewers have expressed confusion about the intended audience so I add my own thought on this.

Firstly the illustrations are exquisite and the book is packed full of fun details. My almost 8 year old, incredibly serious bookworm daughter loves it, and spends a long time examining every last detail. My Barbie loving 6 year old daughter looked at it once. My almost 3 year old son is only interested in diggers and other noisy things so was not impressed, anyway there are too many fiddly bits for a toddler.

Much in the same way that many family films contain jokes that are obviously for an adult audience, so to, this is a book to appeal to grown ups (who are still kids at heart?) It is probably best suited (in no particular order) to; fans of pop up books, rabbits lovers, illustrators, bookworms (especially if you prefer something a little more quirky).

You will notice I haven't mentioned the plot. Well there isn't really one. Just a lot of rabbits in a field doing what rabbit naturally do (that isn't depicted by the way!) If I'm really honest I bought this book for me (and hoped the kids would like it too). I am a designer/illustrator myself (and green with envy) so that was part of the appeal of the book to me. It isn't really intended to teach maths but does use it in a fun way.

If you are unsure about purchasing why not try borrowing from the library first (get it on inter-library loan if your local library doesn't have it). I think once you have seen it you will want your own copy. If you do like this book, try Spells by Emily Gravett.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By EllyBlue TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Aug. 2009
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This lovely picture book takes the form of a calendar, with a double spread for each month of the year. There is even a hole, so if you wanted to you could put this up on a bedroom wall for a small person. It wouldn't be much practical use as a calendar though because some of the dates are obscured by the decorations on the pages. It would make a lovely decoration though.
Each month's beautifully illustrated double page spread focuses on a different problem: in January, Chalk's problem is that he is lonely, and by the end of the story, the (ever-increasing number of) inhabitants of Fibonacci's Field have faced hunger, boredom, heat, excess and much more.
There isn't a "story" here to read (ie words on the page to say aloud) but there is much to talk about with a younger child, and older children can deduce things for themselves. There are quirky additions on some of the pages (such as a rabbit knitting pattern on the "cold" month, a rabbit baby record (cute!), and a rabbit recipe book.) My 3 children aged 3, 5 and 7 all loved this and told me that I should give it top marks, which I will happily do.
This is a genuinely different, entertaining and thought and discussion provoking picture book which I would thoroughly recommend even to children (boys and girls) of an age where they are beyond most picture books. Excellent!
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