My Dead Bunny by Sigi Cohen
Published by Walker Books Australia
With titles such as I don’t Like Koala and My Dead Bunny you would be forgiven for thinking that children’s authors had turned a…well… interesting corner with their story-telling.
I read the title and the first few pages only because I couldn’t believe my eyes. A few more pages in and I was hooked, laughing with each and every turn of the page.
The story begins:
“My dead bunny’s name is Brad;
his odour is extremely bad.
He visits me when I’m in bed,
but Bradley wasn’t always dead ...”
Hilarious and frightening.
This is not your typical children’s story, although my four-year-old did embrace it and for a few days ran around with it tucked under her arm. Should I be worried? Only time will tell.
If you are looking for a fuzzy cutesy bunny story move along. The flawless rhyming text covers topics such as gardening, sending your sibling mad, dismembering toys, family togetherness and of course raising the dead.
Most of all it is about friendship and the love between a boy and his pet, well beyond the death do us part pact.
James Foley’s illustrations are just as entertaining as Sigi Cohen’s story. This is one for adults and older children, just don't tell my four-year-old that . Be careful as you’ll die laughing reading this one.
One thing is for sure I won’t be burying any of my fury four-legged creatures in the backyard, the neighbourhood or anywhere within digging up distance.
Clever, witty and hilarious by the shovel full.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Sigi Cohen
Illustrator: James Foley
Title: My Dead Bunny
Publisher: Walker Books Australia
Published: October 2015