The Nature of Stammering 09/08/22
Magnificent Mabel and the Rabbit Riot
Publisher: Nosy Crow
This delightful collection of three short stories features Mabel, a little girl with a big personality. In the opening tale, Mabel is desperate for a pet rabbit, so is incensed when her elder sister Meg receives one for her birthday. Deciding that Meg doesn’t know how to care for such a creature, Mabel steps in to help, with riotous results. In the second story, Mabel has her first wobbly tooth. Adamant she doesn’t want the tooth fairy to sneak into her room at night to steal it from under her pillow, she does everything she can to prevent it from falling out. Finally, Mabel engineers a trip to a friend’s house in order to play in her sprinkler, only to find that the girl in question has other ideas about how they should spend their time.
Mabel’s no-nonsense approach to life, along with her clear view that “sometimes life isn’t even fair” will resonate with many young children. Marvellously funny and warm-hearted, this comical collection is enhanced by quirky black-and-white illustrations. Sure to appeal to mischievousness young children, it is ideal for independent readers who are gaining in confidence and are ready to move on from Early Readers.