Year of the Rabbit

Last week heralded in the Chinese New Year and with it came the end of a year I’d come to think of as my own: the Year of the Rabbit.

<sigh>

All good things must come to an end.

But let’s not be sad. The rabbits will live on in my mind, as well as between the covers of one small squishy book off hopping about the place. And what better way to mark the passing of such a special year than with a celebration of all things rabbit? Here’s a photo diary of all the wee bunnies I spied in the many places I travelled to over one very busy year…

Demon bunny! An amazing street art installation on the streets of New York:

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A literary bunny very close to my heart. I adored Winnie the Pooh growing up, with the stern fatherly rabbit. This is a display of the original toys owned by A.A.Milne’s son, held in the New York Public Library:

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New York pub bunny (not for the kiddies):

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An awesome graffiti mural in San Fran:

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I LOVE carousels. Don’t they make you feel ever young? This beachside San Fran one was clearly made for me:

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Let’s play spot the bunny (in the sugar made wonderland at Brisbane’s MoMA):

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Totoro! Ok, so technically he’s a Japanese forrest spirit, but he certainly looks rabbit-like. I found him in a funky bookstore in DUMBO, New York:

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A whole ocean of bunnies. A gorgeous print I discovered in a Sydney shop front by Kozyndan:

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Walking Hollywood Boulevard with the stars:

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A bunny with a bright idea (in Melbourne):

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A rabbit-like stone amongst the Living Desert Sculptures. Take a look at the fashion statement on the rabbit in front (it was cold up there and a passing poet gave me his coat):

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A Broken Hill bunny?

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Finally, the rarest of them all … bunny-caninus, so fast and dastardly I hardly caught him on film:

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I hope you all have a luck-filled and prosperous Year of the Dragon.

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8 Responses to “Year of the Rabbit”


  1. 1 mgbauer January 30, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Hilarious post Kath. Great pictures. Loved it!

  2. 2 Katherine Battersby January 30, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Thanks Michael :) I could just tell you were a fellow lover of bunnies

  3. 3 Tina Burke January 31, 2012 at 12:51 am

    Love this! The Broken Hill bunny cracked me up :)

  4. 4 Katherine Battersby January 31, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Ha! It was the long ears and doe-eyes that confused me. I see bunnies everywhere…

    Was reminiscing about New York the other day. Really wish you were closer so I could call you up for a coffee and chat. Hope you and your lovely little family are well x

  5. 5 shewrite63 February 2, 2012 at 7:45 am

    How adorable! I am glad to hear about other Rabbits in other parts of our wonderful world!

    The pup does not look impressed. Similar to a pic of one of my cats who did not enjoy his bunny ears bonnet.

    I have a thing for rabbits too! See my blog post about the Dragon right on the Rabbit’s Tail:
    http://novel-yotr.blogspot.com/2012/01/year-of-dragon-is-hot-on-rabbits-fluffy.html

    I also have a WordPress blog with pages dedicated to my novel “The Year of the Rabbit”. http://shewrite63.wordpress.com/the-novel/

    Do drop by for a visit.

    Thanks and… good luck

    T

  6. 6 Katherine Battersby February 8, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Thanks for stopping by, Theresa! Great blog and your novel sounds really interesting. Always happy to meet another with a healthy rabbit obsession :)

    My poor pup. He has certainly been dressed up in some outfits certain to reduce one’s self-esteem to the level of protozoa…


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About this Blog…

A blog of ramblings about the world of writing and illustrating for children, by an author / illustrator who might just have a thing for rabbits.

Katherine's picture books, 'Squish Rabbit' and 'Brave Squish Rabbit', are out with Viking (Penguin, US) and UQP (Australia). Please e-mail if you would like her to blog about something in particular.

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