PODKIN ONE-EAR Bun­nies vs the Borg

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Au­thor Kieran lar­wood Pub­lisher Faber & Faber

In the im­mor­tal words of Buffy’s rab­bit-hat­ing de­mon Anya: “Bun­nies aren’t just cute like ev­ery­body sup­poses/ They’ve got those hoppy legs and twitchy lit­tle noses.” We sus­pect she’d be se­ri­ously creeped out by the hop­ping­mad bad guys in this chil­dren’s book, who are metal-in­fused, mind-con­trolled bas­tards as­sim­i­lat­ing ev­ery­thing in their path. All of which comes as a bit of a shock to lit­tle Podkin, who must leave his war­ren with sib­lings Paz and Pook when the nasty Gorm at­tack, killing any bunny in their path. With the Gorm af­ter Podkin’s mag­i­cal dag­ger, our furry he­roes must fight not only for their lives but to save their world.

The good news is that de­spite the blood­thirsty vil­lains, this is ac­tu­ally a sur­pris­ingly adorable kid­die tale that will leave sprogs con­sid­er­ably less scarred than Water­ship Down. It’s also beau­ti­fully il­lus­trated. How­ever, it does feel rather slight, with some back­ground char­ac­ters in se­ri­ous need of flesh­ing out (par­tic­u­larly the ac­ro­batic dwarf bun­nies named Mish and Mash). As an in­tro­duc­tion to a postapoc­a­lyp­tic rab­bit world, though, it’s jolly good fun; al­though this par­tic­u­lar story is pleas­ingly self-con­tained, ex­pect se­quels to breed like… well, rab­bits. Jayne Nel­son

The BBC and Net­flix are mak­ing a new adap­ta­tion of Water­ship Down, with John Boyega and James McAvoy.

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