Reviews

  • When I read Fierce Bad Rabbits, I thought, why has no one written this book before? But Clare Pollard has done so superbly - it is perceptive, illuminating, scholarly but at the same time entertaining. It should be essential reading for every thinking parent

    Penelope Lively
  • This book is a happy way to reconnect with old friends

    Times
  • An enlightening, perceptive analysis of the books that build us

    Sunday Telegraph, 5 star review
  • A gem . . . hard to put down. The combination of vast scholarly research and witty writing makes for a thoroughly enjoyable book. Pollard has managed to dissect all our favourite stories with her scalpel, while leaving their magic intact

    Spectator
  • Pollard is a poet, and her prose is stunning . . . she writes with a joy that is luminous. Essential reading for anyone with a child, or who ever was a child

    i
  • Most people's primal cultural memory is that of being read to by a parent. This is a phenomenon most sensitively and intelligently explored in Fierce Bad Rabbits

    Daily Telegraph
  • Pollard so delicately enters into the world of [picture books] that the reader feels they are rediscovering once-loved landscapes

    New Statesman
  • Delightful. As good a guide as you could hope for. It will make you think again about why you loved the children's stories that mean so much to you, and it will lead you to new discoveries too. . . A happy reconnection to the serious joys of childhood

    Harper's Bazaar
  • Excellent

    Daily Mail Book of the Week