Monday, April 23, 2018

The Royal Rabbits of London by Santa Montefiore - ADVISABLE

Montefiore, Santa The Royal Rabbits of London, illustrated by Kate Hindley.  195 pages. Aladdin (Simon & Schuster), 2016. $17. Language: G (0 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG.

The Royal Rabbits of London have sworn an oath to protect Queen and Country.  Their mighty warren, under Buckingham Palace, spans the kingdom leaving no stone unturned in their goal to protect the Queen from the evil plots of the Ratzi, a horde of rats lead by the most nefarious of all, Papa Ratzi.  Shylo Tawny-Tail is a shy and simple bunny who happens to stumble upon a plot against the Queen.  Shylo must find his courage and get to the Royal Rabbits to warn them of the Ratzi's latest plan. 

This Arthurian tale has a very fun play on words that older readers will pick up on but may be lost to younger readers.  The adventure of Shylo to foil the plans of the Ratzi (paparazzi) is a fun and original take on a very real issue.  Readers may need a little background knowledge to really connect with this tale, but it is smartly written and a fun adventure.

EL (K-3) - ADVISABLE. Gina, Media Specialist

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