The Black Rabbit (Paperback)

By Philippa Leathers, Philippa Leathers (Illustrator)

Candlewick, 9780763688790, 40pp.

Publication Date: August 2, 2016

List Price: 6.99*
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In this clever picture book, a debut author-illustrator introduces a plucky rabbit and the new companion that he just can’t shake.

Rabbit has a problem. There’s a large black rabbit chasing him. No matter where he runs — behind a tree, over the river — the shadowy rabbit follows. Finally in the deep, dark wood, Rabbit loses his nemesis — only to encounter a real foe! Kids who like to be in on the secret will revel in this humorous look at shadows and friendship, brought to light by a talented animator.

About the Author

Philippa Leathers studied graphic design, illustration, and animation, and currently works as a freelance animator and illustrator. The Black Rabbit is her first picture book, while her animation credits include work on the Charlie and Lola and Peppa Pig TV series. She lives in England with her family, a gray tabby cat named Emmi, and two rabbits named Benji and Kiki, who inspired her to write The Black Rabbit, as where one goes the other follows close behind.

Praise For The Black Rabbit

In a sweetly humorous debut, Philippa Leathers captures the ambivalence that young children sometimes feel about their shadows.
—The Wall Street Journal

Debut author-illustrator Leathers’ soft, textured watercolors are never very frightening...which makes this story—one that’s ultimately about friendship—ideal for the littlest kids. Befuddled animals are always adorable, and Rabbit, with his expressive ears and large eyes, is no exception.