Bunny and the Beast©
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Summary: A Fabulous Twist on an Old Tale
Comment: Well, I will admit up front that this was always a sure purchase as I absolutely adored "Bunny and the Beast" by Coxe and Silin-Palmer. However, this book will entirely stand on its own merits and will be a must for any serious childrens' book lover, and the illustrations will call out to bunny enthusiasts, among others. The old tale is there but some wonderful twists woven through by Keller will bring a smile to your face...the "cranky" fairy will tickle your fancy...her name is "Mildew". Silin-Palmer'sdrawings are always lush and beautiful...the colors and context truly invite you in for a stroll through this bunny kingdom. An enjoyable read both out loud and with your own giggles surrounding you.

Summary: Beautiful book for children or adults.
Comment: I am 27 years old and I collect "Beauty and the Beast" books, and have about 60 books in my collection. It is my favorite fairy tale, and the story is timeless. I love to see it told in all different ways, especially with wonderful illustrations like these. I don't have any children, but will get this for my godchildren. "Bunny and the Beast" is my most recent acquisition, and it is and outstanding addition to my collection. I love it!

Summary: Fantastical!
Comment: Okay, so I just checked this out of the library yesterday and my kids (two daughters age 4 and 6 ) were fighting over it! I don't usually do this so soon, but I ran out...and immediately bought a copy of it for my personal( keepsake) bookshelf. These honestly have to be the best illustrations I've ever seen in a book ...period! ( Even my husband leafed through it and said," Oh, you've got to buy this book...as soon as possible!") I enjoyed the story and the pictures as much as my children did. This is bound to become a new "classic". My six yr. old is an aspiring author and illustrator, and seeing this book really has inspired her to continue her efforts. Great Book! Someone please give these ladies a medal. This is the kind of stuff kids should grow up on. Thankyou Molly Coxe for a super re-telling of a classic and Pamela Siln-Palmer for your glorious artwork!

Summary:Beautifully illustrated
Comment: This is not only a great childrens' book but also a beautifully illustrated book for bull terrier collectors! The illustrations of the bull terrier are true to form and will add to any collectors' library


Study of Beauty and the Beast
From review by Richard A. Peck (c)

A clever retelling of Mme. le Prince Beaumont's story with the principles as a bunny, whose sister's, Thorna and Thistle, don't like to get their paws dirty, and a dog-like prince, who turns out to be a very handsome hare-prince. Before the transformation, the Beast gives her asparagus to eat and lovely books to read. They dance elegantly in the ballroom to a band of musical frogs. The drawings are elegant and courtly...a beautiful book.

San Francisco Chronicle
Sunday, March 25th, 2001
Reviewed by Regan McMahon

Classics are classics because they bear rereading and retelling. New versions may vary the setting, language or characterizations. Some are fresh takes and some fall flat, paling before the traditional.

This season a European classic gets a change of species in BUNNY AND THE BEAST, cleverly retold by Molly Coxe with paintings by Pamela Silin-Palmer (Random House; 32 pages; $15.95; ages 4-8). The female lead is a beautiful white rabbit, loyal as ever to her father, and the male lead is played by a bull terrier. The setting is elegantly Elizabethan, with Bunny adorned in puff- sleeved, jeweled gowns and the Beast in dashing doublets, his long legs (artistic license taken) sheathed in striped tights and tucked into velvet slippers.

Almost as impressive as the fantastic artwork is the engaging text, which never strikes a false note. The story is told with all the drama, suspense and tension it requires, and maintains an amusing matter-of-factness about its animal nature. Bunny is served a sumptuous feast of asparagus and carrots; when she and the Beast are dancing he whispers "into Bunny's long ear." And in the end, her love transforms him into a "devastatingly handsome" prince -- a white bunny like her.

Parent's Press
May 2001

"Scrumptious!" exclaims the jacket of BUNNY AND THE BEAST, and for once the public relations department is not exaggerating. Pamela Silin-Palmer's lush oil paintings blends a Baroque decorative flair with humor and the sort of detail children adore. (How many kinds of produce and flowers can you spot in the feast that the Beast - a fearsome Bull Terrier - lays on for Beauty, the joyful and tender-hearted bunny with a fabulous wardrobe?) And Molly Coxe's take on the much-retold tale is literate in the best sense of the word: matter-of-fact, precise, sometimes oddly touching: "Bunny touched her nose to the Prince's. 'You have always behaved like a prince to me', she declared. 'I learned to love the goodness inside you, and now I think that you are devastatingly handsome as well!' " This local team has outdone themselves; we hope to read more from them.




Florida Times Union
April 2, 2001

As you can guess from the title, this book is a retelling of the classic, Beauty and the Beast fairy tale... Devoted daughter, selfish siblings, magical servants, coveted rose, transformed prince and all. In this book, Beauty and her family are bunnies, and the beast is a bull terrier. The suspense, love , and sheer charm of the story are intact, and children are sure to get caught up in the story, just as generations before them have.

Now that we've covered plot, let's talk about the illustrations in Bunny and the Beast. It's not hyperbole to describe the formal-style oil paintings as fabulous. Their detail and color are so sophisticated, the pages are suitable for framing in a dining room. Yet, the fairy bunnies, froggy troubadours and lush gardens are rendered with the whimsy of an early 20th century fairy tale book. Children could spend endless amounts of time responding to details such as Bunnies's bejeweled dresses, rabbit-shaped topiaries in the garden and even the water droplets visible on a celery bunch at the feast table.

Illustrator Silin-Palmer of California runs one of the top decorative art studios in the United States. She creates everything from collectible dolls to greeting cards to furniture.She is inspired by 16th century painters, medieval tapestries and the Pre-Raphaelites. All those influences are evident in the Bunny illustrations, and readers will be glad she tried her hand at childrens' books.


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