Thank goodness for the Royal Rabbits of London! For centuries, they have worked tirelessly to protect the British Royal Family from evil plots. They work in the shadows and underground and are never seen by humans. But their impact on the welfare and reputation of the Royal Family is immeasurable.
At the start of the Royal Rabbits in London, we meet a young country rabbit named Shylo. Shylo is a scrawny little rabbit who is mocked and picked on by his siblings. He worries that he is a disappointment to his mother. Against the rules, Shylo has started to visit an old recluse rabbit named Horatio to hear stories of long ago.
One day, Shylo is heading to Horatio’s den when one of his brothers chases him through the woods. Shylo escapes by hiding in a hollow tree. While he is hiding, he overhears a dastardly plot planned by three strangely-dressed rats. If the rats succeed, their plan will undoubtedly destroy the reputation of the Queen of England.
Shylo doesn’t know what to do, so he races to Horatio with the news. Horatio explains that these rats are the “Ratzi” (as in, the paparrazi). He says that Shylo must travel to London to warn the Royal Rabbits of London of the plot. Shylo gathers up his courage and sets out on the long and dangerous journey to London.
In this exciting adventure introducing the Royal Rabbits of London, Shylo learns more about himself, gains self-confidence, and grows up as he braves the trek to London and confronts the Ratzis. This is a fabulous book celebrating the hidden talents and skills of a character who is not the biggest, fastest, or strongest. It will resonate with younger middle grade students who are searching to find their own place in the world.
Written by best-selling author-duo Santa Monefiore and Simon Sebag Montefiore, this book provides a unique look into Buckingham Palace and the Royal Family. The protective bunnies living under the castle are fascinating and are bound to have many exciting adventures. I hope we see more stories of Shylo and the Royal Rabbits of London. I received an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.
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