5 stars across 5 books
Santa Montefiore is a bestselling British author who made her name writing blockbuster women’s fiction. After publishing more than fifteen adult novels, she turned her hand to writing for children in 2017, inspired by her own son and daughter. The idea for her children’s series, The Royal Rabbits of London
came from her six year old son: as Santa told us in her blog post
, when he couldn’t sleep she asked him to think of something he loved and he came up with rabbits living beneath Buckingham Palace. And so, the royal rabbits were born!
Co-written with her husband, historian and author Simon Sebag-Montefiore, the Royal Rabbits of London have proved immensely popular with Toppsta readers and beyond. The books are described by the publisher as The Hobbit
meets Fantastic Mr Fox
meets Watership Down
as they are funny, fantastic and immersive. The books follow the adventures of Shylo, a timid rabbit whose curiosity leads him to bravery he had never imagined. Inspired by the history of the Royal Rabbits, when Shylo learns of the Ratzis’ evil plan to take a photo of the Queen in her nightie he just has to let the secret heroes know that the Queen is in danger.
We absolutely love these enchanting adventure stories and so do our readers, as you can see from their 5 star reviews. They are excellent for independent readers aged 7-10 but are also a pleasure to share with your child or read aloud. There is plenty for parents with nods to modern politics, the challenges of technology and of course the moral that we all need to overcome our fears and do what’s right.