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The Rabbit and the Shadow

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By Mélanie Rutten

Enter the wonderful world of the following curious cast: the Rabbit who wants to grow up, the anxious Stag, the Soldier at war, the Cat and his recurring dream, the Book that wants to know everything, and the Shadow.

Over the course of ten short chapters they grow up, learn how to live together and to deal with their fears.

Mélanie Rutten was awarded an honourable Mention in the Bologna Ragazzi Awards in 2014.

What the jury said:

A flowing, expressive line and delicate transparent washes characterise Rutten’s highly individual visual language. She creates a world of anthropomorphic creatures and walking books that are somehow immediately convincing as they lead us into their bizarre world, a world that is nevertheless full of warmth and friendship.

About the Author

Mélanie Rutten was born in Belgium, but spent most of her childhood in Africa and Central America. After studying photography in Brussels, she took evening classes with Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award winner Kitty Crowther.The Rabbit and the Shadow is her fifth title.

Book Information

Age 5 +
Format Hardback
Size 280 x 210mm
Publishing Date October 2014
Origin Belgium
Language English
Sarah Ardizzone
Themes Growing up, fear, friendship, stars, separation, challenges

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