Children’s Book Week is fast approaching and we are reviewing books from the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year Notable and Short Lists.

My Dead Bunny by James Foley, with text by Sigi Cohen, is from the notable list for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year and has now been selected for the category’s shortlist.

James Foley is a Western Australian and Sigi Cohen was born in South Africa but now resides in Perth. It is fantastic to see local people being recognised by the CBCA and we wish them the best of luck for the final announcement of the awards!


“My dead bunny’s name is Brad; his odour is extremely bad. He visits me when I’m in bed, but Bradley wasn’t always dead …”

So begins this amusing story of a zombie bunny. A smelly, walking, dead animal… what kid doesn’t like that?! (Possibly not the more sensitive members of the family so you may like to check out this video for an idea of whether the book is suitable for your child or not)

The first thing that appealed to me about this book was the colours of the illustrations. The book is predominantly black and white with splashes of swampy green, eerie pink zombie eyes and an orange worm crawling out of the dead rabbit’s head. James Foley has shared some interesting information about his techniques on his website.

I also enjoyed the easy-to-read rhyming text. The rhyme is a similar style to other children’s picture books whilst the content is creepy yet quirky and funny. I give this book FOUR STARS for its morbid hilarity.

Have you read this book? What did you think? You can find more reviews on our blog so feel free to check them out.