So it’s not hard for me to imagine Shaun Tan’s two boys playing through a hot Australian summer in Rules of Summer, when a red sock on a wash-line morphs into something far more sinister.
Even vintage cards celebrating Easter with their threatening even macabre bunnies in a Paula Rego way… seem hardly loving or joyous Easter messages for a child to receive from a doting grandmother or parent.
|a harnessed rabbit with a determined ringmaster?|
|angelic boy stuffing rabbits into a box?|
|demonic looking rabbits stuffed into eggs?|
|cross-dressed rooster brandishing weapon at rabbit?|
And the manic March Hare... again the eye!
And I recall frissons of fear at seeing the rabbits of Pookie in Search of a Home scaring off the woodcutters with the drumming sounds of their hind legs, as a child.
But there can't be more superbly vengeful rabbits than these in the wordless picture book La Revanche des lapins by Korean illustrator Suzy Lee where a group of rabbits harass a reckless ice-cream van driver on a dark night.
Lastly... can't let the day go by without a cheer for Zeraffa Giraffa’s first book birthday on this exact day... with plenty of giraffes and balloons and my favourite girl in giraffe glasses!
Zeraffa Giraffa, illustrated by Jane Ray and published by Frances Lincoln, is on The Sunday Times List of children's classics for the last 10 years.