I was intrigued by the story in The Rabbit, The Dark and the Biscuit Tin, and after reading the book with my children I’m happy to report that we have loved every minute we’ve spent with this magical tale.
Rabbit isn’t tired and he doesn’t want to go to bed. He realises that if it doesn’t get dark he won’t have to and devises a plan to trap The Dark inside a biscuit tin. The Dark of course isn’t so impressed, and tries to explain to Rabbit that many animals need him because they don’t like the sun. Rabbit isn’t swayed by The Dark’s argument that he can’t have his favourite meal of the day, breakfast, unless he has gone to bed. The Dark notes that Rabbit is grumpy because he needs sleep, but Rabbit stubbornly persists, even when his favourite carrots are wilting from the hot sun.
Eventually The Dark persuades Rabbit to let him show how wonderful he can be, Rabbit opens the tin and a beautiful pop-up flap shows off the stunning moon and stars in the sky. The night animals are happy again, as is Rabbit who also learns that The Dark means bedtime stories which he loves.
I loved watching this heart-warming story unfold, a perfect match for little ones who may be a bit afraid of the dark or who don’t want to go to bed. The colourful illustrations and gentle story promise to be a hit with your children, who will no doubt soon be discussing why The Dark and bedtime is so important.
The Rabbit, The Dark and the Biscuit Tin by Nicola O’Byrne is available from book stores and online retailers for a recommended retail price of R165. It’s recommended for children aged 3 to 7 years. It also comes with a free audio book which your children will love. You can watch a fun trailer for the book below.
Thanks to Jonathan Ball Publishers for adding this sweet tale to our bookshelf.