My Dead Bunny by Sigi Cohen and illustrated by James Foley, hardback picture book, published by Walker Books Australia Pty Ltd in 2015.
Brad the Bunny might be dead, but he doesn’t want to leave! A dark zombie picture book, what’s not to love!?
Fun rhyming text complements the wonderful illustrations in My Dead Bunny. The pictures are mostly black and white with green and pink highlights. This works perfectly for the type of story it is. The little worm that pokes out of Brad’s head is orange and so smiley! I liked this touch. In fact, I just really liked Brad. He is adorably freaky, with scary pink eyes pointing off in different directions… just, I don’t want him to wander into my bedroom at night! My favourite picture is where Brad meets his death, it’s so detailed.
The story itself made me laugh. I love the ending. It is the perfect solution! A couple of the rhymes aren’t quite rhymes, but the story still flows. The text is clear and easy to read.
I really enjoy zombie and monster stories and movies, and that has rubbed off on my kids. They have liked films like ‘Frankenweenie’, ‘Paranorman’, and ‘Hotel Transylvania’. So I went ahead and read My Dead Bunny to my preschooler and first grader. They both loved it. My first grader read it again to herself straight away.
Suitable for primary school children, just keep in mind that some kids may be frightened by the zombie bunny. My Dead Bunny is fantastic to share aloud. Try it by torchlight on a dark and stormy night!
* My Dead Bunny is shortlisted for the 2016 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year in the Picture Book category.
The Children’s Book Council of Australia announced their Book of the Year shortlist for 2016 on Friday. I get so excited waiting for this every year!
Congratulations to all the authors and illustrators of these wonderful books!
I am looking forward to reading as many as I can. Unfortunately there never seems enough time to get through all of them.
In the early childhood category;
- Piranha’s Don’t Eat Bananas by Aaron Blabey
- The Cow Tripped Over the Moon by Tony Wilson and illustrated by Laura Wood
- My Dog Bigsy by Alison Lester
- Mr Huff by Anna Walker
- Perfect by Danny Parker and illustrated by Freya Blackwood
- Ollie and the Wind by Ghosh Ronojoy
In the picture book category;
- My Dead Bunny by James Foley with text by Sigi Cohen
Suri’s Wall by Matt Ottley with text by Lucy Estela
And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda by Bruce Whatley with text by Eric Bogle
One Step at a Time by Sally Heinrich with text by Jane Jolly
Ride, Ricardo, Ride! by Shane Devries with text by Phil Cummings
Flight by Armin Greder with text by Nadia Wheatley
In the younger readers category;
Molly and Pim and the Millions of Stars by Martine Murray
Soon by Morris Gleitzman
Run, Pip, Run by J. C. Jones
Star of Deltora: Shadows of the Master by Emily Rodda
Sister Heart by Sally Morgan
- The Cleo Stories: A Friend and a Pet by Libby Gleeson and illustrated by Freya Blackwood
In the older readers category;
The Flywheel by Erin Gough
Cloudwish by Fiona Wood
The Pause by John Larkin
Inbetween Days by Vikki Wakefield
Freedom Ride by Sue Lawson
A Single Stone by Meg McKinlay
- Phasmid: Saving the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect by Rohan Cleave and illustrated by Coral Tulloch
The Amazing True Story of how Babies are Made by Fiona Katauskas
Ancestry: Stories of Multicultural Anzacs by Robyn Siers and illustrated by Carlie Walker
Lennie The Legend: Solo to Sydney by Pony by Stephanie Owen Reeder
We are the Rebels: the Women and Men who made Eureka by Clare Wright
- The White Mouse: The Story of Nancy Wake by Peter Gouldthorpe
I am quite keen to read The Flywheel, it sounds interesting. I’m also looking forward to sharing the early childhood and picture books with my kids, they are always worth a read. We already love The Cow Tripped Over the Moon and Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas, so now I am excited to discover the others.
Which of these books have you read? Which ones do you think will be Book of the Year?