Dogs and Hares

Dogs and Hares are like cats and mice. That, at least, is the situation in idyllic Beethorpe-on-Bee. The Dog and Hare families have been at daggers drawn for generations, and look all set to remain enemies till kingdom come – unless things change, as is their wont, sooner or later. It’s a tale with a moral that Rotraut Susanne Berner serves us here, with her usual wit, verbal and visual, an impressive plea for tolerance.

Nobody remembers how and why the feud between the Dog and Hare families started in the first place, but this much is certain: There’s no love lost between them. Dogs think Hares are, well, hare-brained. And Hares think that Dogs put on dog.

At the annual race at Hound’s Heath Dick Dog and Harry Hare find themselves the main contestants. For miles on end they race it out, neck to neck, until a terrible thunderstorm breaks out, with bolts of lightning coming down right, left, and centre. The common threat, the fear of death, makes them reluctant allies – and together they’re brave, brave enough even to save Gabriella Hog’s little daughter…

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  • English, French, Swedish, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), Chinese (simplified and complex), Russian, Castilian and Catalonian rights sold.
  • All other rights available.
  • White Ravens 2010
  • Please ask for English translation.

Rotraut Susanne Berner

Rotraut Susanne Berner’s reputation as one of the best contemporary illustrators and as an imaginative deviser of ingenious hybrid "book-oids" has spread well beyond the German-speaking countries. Besides creating wonderful picture books and illustrating novels for children, she has also designed a number of beautiful book covers. In recent years a growing number of books have been published with her own texts and stories. In 2006 she was awarded the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis for her œuvre. She lives and works in Munich.

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