The Bunny Band
Written by Bill Richardson
Illustrated by Roxanna Bikadoroff
Lavinia the badger loves vegetables and tends her garden with care, but one morning she discovers that her lettuce has been nibbled and her potatoes and beans have disappeared! She decides to set a snare for the culprit, who turns out to be a frightened bunny. When Lavinia threatens to turn him into stew, the bunny pleads for his life, promising a rich reward if she lets him go.
The next night, when the moon rises, Lavinia is amazed to see dozens and dozens of bunnies in her garden, carrying banjos, bassoons, harps, ukuleles, trumpets, bagpipes, fifes and drums. Night after night, the bunnies play enchanting music, and Lavinia’s vegetables grow and grow and grow. At the end of the season, Lavinia lays her table with a wonderful vegetable feast for the bunny band, who promise they’ll return in the spring.
Once again, Bill Richardson and Roxanna Bikadoroff bring us a story full of old-fashioned charm and humor — a pure delight.
BILL RICHARDSON, winner of Canada’s Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour and former radio host, has written several highly acclaimed books for children. They include The Aunts Come Marching, illustrated by Cynthia Nugent, winner of the Time to Read Award, the children’s novel After Hamelin, winner of the Ontario Library Association’s Silver Birch Award, and The Alphabet Thief, illustrated by Roxanna Bikadoroff. Bill lives in Vancouver.
ROXANNE BIKADOROFF’s illustrations have been published internationally for more than twenty-five years. She has won numerous awards, many of them National Magazine Awards, including Best Illustration (Gold). She recently collaborated with Bill Richardson on a collection of poems for adults as well as on her first children’s book, The Alphabet Thief. Roxanna lives in Vancouver.
“A smart pick for language lovers of any age.” Publishers Weekly, starred review
“A fun romp that lends itself to both quietly amused solo reading and boisterous read-aloud sessions.” Quill & Quire, starred review
“Sure to delight wordsmiths of all ages. A fun read-aloud that lends itself to curricular application.” School Library Journal
“A small and hilarious picture book … Pictures and verses seem to tumble over one another …” Wall Street Journal