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The Velveteen Rabbit – Illustrated Gift Edition (Nosy Crow Picture Book)

Nosy Crow

The Velveteen Rabbit – Illustrated Gift Edition (Nosy Crow Picture Book)


Product Code: NC061

Age: 3y+

970 in stock



The Velveteen Rabbit – Illustrated Gift Edition (Nosy Crow Picture Book)

When the Velveteen Rabbit first arrives in the nursery, he is snubbed by the other toys. But the Rabbit soon makes friends with the Skin Horse who explains how toys can become ‘real’, if only they are loved enough. The Velveteen Rabbit longs for this to happen until, one day, he finds that he is Boy’s very favourite toy. They play together through a long, golden summer and, even though Rabbit becomes shabbier and shabbier, he becomes ‘real’ to the boy who loves him so much. The rabbits in the garden think otherwise – how can Rabbit be real when he can’t leap and hop? But when Boy is ill with Scarlet Fever, and Rabbit is thrown away, Rabbit finally discovers what it truly means to be real. As he sheds a tear a magical fairy transforms him into a real, wild rabbit, though her parting words remind him that he was always real to the boy.

Complete and unabridged, this beautifully illustrated edition of Margery Williams’ classic children’s story, first published in 1922, will win the heart of anyone who believes in the power of love. Shortlisted for a 2017 British Book Design and Production Award.

Paperback: 64 pages

ISBN: 9780857636966

Dimensions: 25 x 1.3 x 27 cm

Written by: Margery Williams

Illustrated by: Sarah Massini


“This new, lavishly produced and illustrated version, printed on touchy-feely Munken paper and with a fully-foiled cloth binding and ribbon marker, is just the first book in a new classic series from Nosy Crow children’s publishers. And young readers will be enchanted not just by the story of Rabbit and his friends but by the heartwarming illustrations of the very talented Sarah Massini whose gorgeous gallery of colourful pictures has a warm, nostalgic feel, with each character perfectly portrayed and with all the charm and atmosphere of the original book uncompromised.” – Lancashire Evening Post

“Some stories defy time and place… and this is another picture book that I think we’ll be keeping forever.” – The Book Bag

“This beautiful hardback book from Nosy Crow comes with glorious illustrations by Sarah Massini, and is cloth-bound with a foiled cover; it will make a perfect gift – a classic story, superbly produced to treasure.” – Parents in Touch

About the author:

Margery Winifred Williams was born in London in 1881. During her lifetime she lived in England, America and Italy and wrote numerous books for adults and children. Her most famous book, The Velveteen Rabbit or How Toys Become Real, was published in 1922.

About the illustrator: 

Sarah’s mum always said it was a blessing how paper and a pencil could keep her quiet and out of mischief for hours. Drawing has been a life-long habit that has seen her through careers in corporate design, children’s book design and now as an illustrator…and illustrating is what she loves doing best. Sarah lives in Sussex with her husband Peter, her young son Mathew, and her utterly mad terrier Tess, who keeps guard as she draws.