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Lyra and W Rabbit have just joined my list of favourite characters of all time. They are up there with Just William and the Moomins, as far as I'm concerned, and I can't say more than that.
This book is utterly delightful. It was inspired, we are told, by a premature baby girl called Lyra whose companion from birth is a cuddly white rabbit called, appropriately enough, W Rabbit. Disaster strikes when W Rabbit is carried off by a schol of flying fish. But with the help of various aquatic companions, including an aristocratic turtle called Timothy, Lyra manages to track him down. W Rabbit is top of the class at the flying school, but he happily gives up his career to rejoin his beloved Lyra.
At the end, we see the real Lyra, now big enough no longer to need the special breathing apparatus that looked like a snorkel and inspired the story.
The language is perfect; the illustrations are out of this world. Together they make magical music.
Young, old or somewhere in-between, you'll love this book.
Lyra and the Adventure of the Flying Fish
Author: Peter Emina
Illustrator: Alice Ridley
Published by Phoenix Yard Books, London
Publication Date: 28-03-2011
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