The Rabbit and the Shadow

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Enter the wonderful world of the following curious cast: the Rabbit who wants to grow up, the anxious Stag, the Soldier at war, the Cat and his recurring dream, the Book that wants to know everything, and the Shadow.


Over the course of ten short chapters they grow up, learn how to live together and to deal with their fears.


Mélanie Rutten was awarded an Honourable Mention for this title in the Bologna Ragazzi Awards in 2014.


What the jury said:


A flowing, expressive line and delicate transparent washes characterise Rutten’s highly individual visual language. She creates a world of anthropomorphic creatures and walking books that are somehow immediately convincing as they lead us into their bizarre world, a world that is nevertheless full of warmth and friendship.

Mélanie Rutten was born in Belgium, but spent most of her childhood in Africa and Central America. After studying photography in Brussels, she took evening classes with Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award winner Kitty Crowther. The Rabbit and the Shadow is her fifth title.


This is a beautifully illustrated and deeply thoughtful picture book, full of emotional resonance.

It will be a book for a whole family, and for many, many years.

An exquisite portrayal of the complex emotions we experience growing up.

A glorious presented story, beautifully written and extremely subtle and clever in the way it describes its characters. 

An immensely captivating book with deftly explored life issues through the eyes of an interesting cast of animals.

A tale rich with meaning in both the poetic text and the stunning visual language that has been beautifully translated by award-winning translator Sarah Ardizzone.


Book information

280 x 210 mm
Publishing date: 
October, 2014
Sarah Ardizzone