That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown

by

Cressida Cowell
Illustrator: Neal Layton

Reading Age: 6+

Interest level: 5+

by

Cressida Cowell
Illustrator: Neal Layton

Emily and her toy rabbit, Stanley, love to go on adventures together. One day when they are attempting to launch themselves into space from the kitchen, one of the Queen's footmen knocks at the door and demands Emily give Stanley to his mistress in exchange for a brand-new teddy bear.

 

Emily refuses but the Queen perseveres, constantly sending her minions to bargain with the girl. In the end the naughty Queen orders for Stanley to be stolen but soon discovers that you can't make someone else's toy your own. Emily rescues Stanley but not before she suggests the Queen has some adventures with a brand-new teddy to make him into a 'real toy of her own'.

 

With a quirky, humorous text and lively illustrations, this fantastic picture book was a deserving winner of the 2006 Nestle Gold Award. A real visual treat, it will especially appeal to any child who has a much-loved toy of their own.

 

Publisher: Hachette

About the author

  • Cressida Cowell

    Cressida Cowell grew up in London and on a small, uninhabited island off the west coast of Scotland. The name of the island is a secret, but it was such a small island it wasn’t really big enough to have a name at all. There were no roads or shops or electricity on the island, just one house and a storm-blown wilderness of sea-birds and heather.


    When Cressida wasn’t on the island, she was going to school at Marlborough College in Wiltshire where she met and became close friends with Lauren Child, a fellow author/illustrator and the creator of TV’s Charlie and Lola. Cressida and Lauren remain close friends. Indeed Lauren is godmother to Cressida’s daughter Clemmie.


    After school, Cressida obtained a BA in English Literature from Oxford University, a BA in Graphic Design from St Martin’s and an MA in Narrative Illustration from Brighton.
    Cressida wrote and illustrated her first picture book, Little Bo Peep’s Library Book for Hodder Children’s Books in 1998. Her first novel for eight to twelve year olds, How to Train Your Dragon, was published to popular and critical acclaim in 2003. ‘The next big thing in children’s literature,’ wrote the Independent on Sunday. ‘Irresistibly funny, exciting and endearing,’ said The Times.


    How to Train Your Dragon has now been published in over thirty languages. Film rights of How to Train Your Dragon were sold to DreamWorks Animation in 2003 for a substantial sum and the filmed version was released into cinemas in March 2010.

    Cressida Cowell
    Cressida Cowell

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