I fear that my review of The Rabbit Problem will not do this funny, clever book justice. It’s difficult to convey just how clever The Rabbit Problem by Emily Gravett actually is, simply because it’s unique in so many ways. But as this is a book review, I’ll try my very best!
Firstly, the interesting format. The Rabbit Problem is presented as a calendar, complete with a hole in the cover and each page so that it can be hung on the wall. The story, about Lonely Rabbit seeking friends, is told on a month-by-month basis.
In January, Lonely Rabbit sends out an invitation (which is a lift-the-flap section on the page) for other rabbits to join him in the field. In February, Lonely Rabbit has a friend and by March there are babies! In May there’s a food crisis and by July, boredom strikes. September is the carrot harvest and by November, there is a real rabbit problem.
Secondly, the story is told through pictures, calendar entries and scribbled notes. You don’t read each page as such but rather ‘explore it’. There’s pop-up, pull-out, lift-flap and other interactive bits which means you notice something new every time you read it.
Thirdly, the Fibonacci sequence has never been so entertaining, Lonely Rabbit lives in Fibonacci’s Field and if you’ve ever wondered about how the Fibonacci sequence works, breeding rabbits may help explain! It’s very clever and funny. You can track the population growth by looking at the Fibonacci’s Field sign on each page – it begins with one and finishes at one hundred and forty-four.
This book is packed with sweet and funny details from a Post-it note stuck on the March page listing baby rabbit names (the proud new parents settled on Alfalfa for the boy and Angora for the girl) to the July edition of ‘The Fibber’ rabbit newspaper. There’s also knitting patterns for rabbits, a carrot cookbook, a guide to rabbit aerobics and an incredible rabbit-population-explosion-pop-up.
Hop to it and get your own copy of this fantastic book – it’s available at the Book Depository, with free delivery to Australia.