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The Rabbit Problem Hardcover – Illustrated, 7 Aug 2009
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Emily Gravett is a brilliant young artist [who] draws and illustrates like no one has done before (Nicholas Tucker BBC Radio 4)
She has the intuitive grasp of timing, expression and anticipation which marks out the exceptional from the mediocre. (Sunday Telegraph)
She is one of our most inventive and surprise-full creators of picture books (Michael Rosen)
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Surely, that's the acid test do children enjoy reading it? We've borrowed this from the library three times now so on our case it's a definite yes.Published on 26 Aug. 2014 by rafferty75
I primarily bought this as I am nuts about rabbits and love childrens books with lovely artwork (am a fan of Emily Gravett)
Good for both rabbit nut adults and children
After borrowing it from our library 4 times across as many months, I finally had to admit that it wasn't a passing fancy. My 5 3/4 year-old daughter just loves it. Read morePublished on 16 Feb. 2014 by Autumn M
Humorous, thoroughly engaging and fabulous for educational and entertainment purposes alike. With so many different aspects to this book, both in terms of content and pictures, it... Read morePublished on 11 Nov. 2013 by Amazon Customer
I love this book - it's clever and inventive, with lots of things to look at. There are newspaper articles, carrot recipes, ration cards etc all centred around two lonely rabbits... Read morePublished on 18 Sept. 2013 by Book chatter