The Railway Rabbits: Wisher and the Runaway Piglet by Georgie Adams

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The Railway Rabbits: Wisher and the Runaway Piglet by Georgie Adams

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Category: For Sharing
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Jo Heffer
Reviewed by Jo Heffer
Summary: When Barley Longears' wife Mellow gives birth to five baby rabbits, he soon realises that he is going to spend the rest of his life protecting them and worrying about them. Everywhere he looks, he sees danger such as Burdock the Buzzard who might swoop from the skies at any moment or the fearsome Red Dragon that clatters and rattles and belches clouds of smoke. He frets about them all but especially young Wisher who is a bit of a dreamer and has a habit of wandering off and finding trouble
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 80 Date: October 2010
Publisher: Orion Children's Books
ISBN: 978-1444001563

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Wisher and the Runaway Piglet is the first book in a charming series about the Railway Rabbits. The little family of rabbits are delightful creatures who enjoy life and exploring the big wide world. Lots of dangers lurk, but they always seem to come through unscathed. However, when they hear rumours of a fierce dog chasing a runaway pig, even they are a little daunted. All except Wisher that is, who feels the need to go and warn her friend Violet Vole. Along the way she is almost trapped by the buzzard and trampled over by the Red Dragon. Somehow though, she escapes major disaster and even manages to save the day. Maybe such narrow escapes and her parents' obvious relief on her return may lead her to be more cautious in the future but that remains to be seen. Somehow, I doubt it!

This was a very enjoyable book that I shared with my five year old daughter. It is also the sort of book that older newly confident readers will be able to read on their own. It is not too long and is broken up into manageable chapters. The story is exciting for small children and most importantly, despite all the potential dangers, it does have a happy ending.

There are many endearing characters that appear in the book, most of all, Wisher and her brothers and sisters. Who could fail to admire their spirit and love of life? There is a whole community of characters that have been created as well, and I'm sure that these are all likely to appear in the other books too. There is a roughly drawn map at the front of the book too, which is wonderful for helping children work out the geography of the story. My daughter loved looking at the map throughout the story and working out where Wisher was in any given chapter.

There are some lovely illustrations scattered throughout the book but my daughter was disappointed that these were not in colour. It wasn't surprising for this length of chapter book but try explaining that to a five year old?

I'd like to thank the publishers for sending a copy to The Bookbag.

Overall this is a lovely book and we are looking forward to reading others in the series. If these rabbits appeal, why not take a look at The Rabbit Problem by Emily Gravett or even Sensible Hare and the Case of Carrots by Daren King.

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