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This is a book that should never fall into the hands of children, for it is filled with the darkest truths about life that might unbearably depress the young. However, for the older ones among us, this is a book full of solace, humour and relief. In a charming, naively illustrated tale, we follow the adventures of Bunny - a version of all of us - as he encounters a series o This is a book that should never fall into the hands of children, for it is filled with the darkest truths about life that might unbearably depress the young. However, for the older ones among us, this is a book full of solace, humour and relief. In a charming, naively illustrated tale, we follow the adventures of Bunny - a version of all of us - as he encounters a series of obstacles that we may well recognise from our own lives. Watching poor Bunny, we end up delighted that we are not alone, and perhaps smiling darkly in sympathy with his sorrows. Children might even have the odd peek inside if they dare.


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This is a book that should never fall into the hands of children, for it is filled with the darkest truths about life that might unbearably depress the young. However, for the older ones among us, this is a book full of solace, humour and relief. In a charming, naively illustrated tale, we follow the adventures of Bunny - a version of all of us - as he encounters a series o This is a book that should never fall into the hands of children, for it is filled with the darkest truths about life that might unbearably depress the young. However, for the older ones among us, this is a book full of solace, humour and relief. In a charming, naively illustrated tale, we follow the adventures of Bunny - a version of all of us - as he encounters a series of obstacles that we may well recognise from our own lives. Watching poor Bunny, we end up delighted that we are not alone, and perhaps smiling darkly in sympathy with his sorrows. Children might even have the odd peek inside if they dare.

30 review for Things Never to Tell Children

  1. 4 out of 5

    Arturo Hernández

    Attempting to break the status quo of what a normal life is through children drawings. Oh, and there’s a bunny.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ann Santori

    Ummm, what the f was this? Like what in the actual f. DO NOT put this in your juvenile collection and, frankly, it's not funny or clever enough to put in your adult collection either. I received a free e--ARC from Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review. Ummm, what the f was this? Like what in the actual f. DO NOT put this in your juvenile collection and, frankly, it's not funny or clever enough to put in your adult collection either. I received a free e--ARC from Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mihkel Uba

    Surprisingly good. Don't rate. Just read. Make your "wtf was this?“ reactions, calm down and see the bigger picture. Nice reminder of how god damn mediocre we all are. Unless we do something about it. So, do you? Surprisingly good. Don't rate. Just read. Make your "wtf was this?“ reactions, calm down and see the bigger picture. Nice reminder of how god damn mediocre we all are. Unless we do something about it. So, do you?

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sepherina

    I came across this book on @literallyalibrarian’s bookstagram and was immediately intrigued by its dark humour. It was also rather reminiscent of the Ladybirds for Grown-Ups books (those are a hoot, by the way). Special thanks to my friend, Cindy, who so kindly borrowed it from the library for me. Clearly, this is anything but a book for children, despite it being a picture book. After a happy childhood, Bunny has now grown up and it is time for him to leave the safety and comfort of his family t I came across this book on @literallyalibrarian’s bookstagram and was immediately intrigued by its dark humour. It was also rather reminiscent of the Ladybirds for Grown-Ups books (those are a hoot, by the way). Special thanks to my friend, Cindy, who so kindly borrowed it from the library for me. Clearly, this is anything but a book for children, despite it being a picture book. After a happy childhood, Bunny has now grown up and it is time for him to leave the safety and comfort of his family to go and “explore the wonders and beauty of the world, to survive without their assistance, pay for everything himself and solve his problems on his own.” Well, basically, “adulting”. We follow Bunny as he navigates his way through the treacherous waters of adulthood: job hunting, relationships, marriage, children, etc. This is a journey of growing up and discovering for oneself that life really isn’t as rosy as it seems. As a child, I think many of us could not wait to grow up. The adult world seemed to hold so much more potential, and so much more freedom. Little did we know what would be in store for us. Bunny definitely resonates with all the jaded adults within us, especially those of us who have begun to work, or bought a house, have bills to pay, difficult relationships to deal with, and really, just essentially, all the challenges that come with adulting. It’s a rather dark and cynical book in spite of the colourful pictures, and some people may find it depressing. But as a working adult stuck in the daily grind of life, I can appreciate the dark humour in this book and also identify with poor Bunny and his struggles. This was a super quick 5-minute read that although kinda pokes fun? at adulting, also reveals sobering truths about what adulthood can entail. Should these truths not be sugar coated for children so that they learn to manage their expectations when life doesn’t go their way? I’m not sure, perhaps in an age-appropriate manner? But what I do feel is that it’s more important for them to have guidance and support while they navigate their way through life, unlike poor Bunny who has had to strike it out on his own. Reviewed on 15 Dec 2020.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ali

    TRUTH!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Juan Manuel Sotelo

    WTF I just read. I really loved the message on this book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    As with many products of "The School of Life", before reading this book, I was expecting an unorthodox yet thought-provoking and humorous story. Sadly, I was met with an entirely predictable book that lacks any imagination or interesting ideas. The entire book is a hopeless attempt at some sort of dark humour that was presumably designed to invoke feelings of empathy, but instead has me flicking through the pages, searching for some shred of originality. I cannot recommend this book to anyone, si As with many products of "The School of Life", before reading this book, I was expecting an unorthodox yet thought-provoking and humorous story. Sadly, I was met with an entirely predictable book that lacks any imagination or interesting ideas. The entire book is a hopeless attempt at some sort of dark humour that was presumably designed to invoke feelings of empathy, but instead has me flicking through the pages, searching for some shred of originality. I cannot recommend this book to anyone, simply because, before you even open it, I guarantee you could write the same story within 5 minutes, and probably make your version better.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Eden Bailey

    “Eden, why are you logging a 10-page picture book on your GoodReads?” Because it’s really fucking good, okay?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    I do not understand who this book is for or why anyone would enjoy it. It is a story of a depressed "Bunny" (who is for all intents and purposes just a human man - of course it's a man, that's the kind of originality this book has) who has no meaningful relationships, as apparently does no one else, and then dies. It isn't funny. Contrary to the blurb there is no solace or relief. I'm truly confused by how the The School of Life managed to miss the mark by such a margin. I do not understand who this book is for or why anyone would enjoy it. It is a story of a depressed "Bunny" (who is for all intents and purposes just a human man - of course it's a man, that's the kind of originality this book has) who has no meaningful relationships, as apparently does no one else, and then dies. It isn't funny. Contrary to the blurb there is no solace or relief. I'm truly confused by how the The School of Life managed to miss the mark by such a margin.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Slow Man

    Tell a little truth to the little ones as they are growing up. Do them a favour and teach them its ok to be a little positive and cynical in life. How to face the challenges and how deal with them are essential life skills. See things from different angles and get happy instantly are what we all should have in the first place. Then when life throw things at us, we would be able to appreciate its humour, its smallness and its laughable devil in disguise.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I'd like to thank Edelweiss and the publisher for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review. While I enjoyed the illustrations of the book, I was hoping for some more words to go along with them. Overall still an interesting premise. I'd like to thank Edelweiss and the publisher for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review. While I enjoyed the illustrations of the book, I was hoping for some more words to go along with them. Overall still an interesting premise.

  12. 4 out of 5

    BookWermTin

    wow. just. hard truths right here.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ruby

    Jeebers, that was bleak.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    This was hilarious

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kira Gillett

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Dark and unexpected. Simple and blunt. I appreciated the format. Not everyone’s cup of tea. Definitely something that some audiences would appreciate more than others.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Octavian

    It's dark and cynical because it needs to be. Today's society sets expectations that are way out of reach for most people. It's dark and cynical because it needs to be. Today's society sets expectations that are way out of reach for most people.

  17. 4 out of 5

    P

    !!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss. Not a children's book, in case you couldn't tell... Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss. Not a children's book, in case you couldn't tell...

  19. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Ellis

    This is dark but quick. Talks about our unrealistic expectations of life. Holy shit.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dayna

    What a book. What. A book. I'm reading this to my children for sure. What a book. What. A book. I'm reading this to my children for sure.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kim Freitas

    I was traumatized by this book. :(

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Frey

    As I am not a child, I had nothing but license to enjoy this direct, poignant book of lessons.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Paints a terribly depressing view of life for kids to expect and be satisfied with out question

  24. 4 out of 5

    Earthing

    WTF?! Probably asking questions after flicking through this is probably the point.Not a book to rate with stars.. Much deeper.. which is probably the point... although not to worry so much and not to take life so seriously.. also probably the point..

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ana Bernardino

    Important message for those educating children and tries to break the status quo. However it lacks a message beyond that. If this is not the way, even if all of us know that, what is your proposal on a possible solution?

  26. 5 out of 5

    Maria Ní chaiside

  27. 5 out of 5

    Deke

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kitty

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mike Lynch

  30. 4 out of 5

    Manish Gadhvi

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