John Marsden: The Rabbits, illustrated by Shaun Tan
The rabbits came many grandparents ago. They built houses, made roads, had children. They cut down trees. A whole continent of rabbits...
From two Australian masters of their form comes this rich and haunting allegory for all ages and all cultures, based on the destructive history of Australian colonialism. Shaun Tan's artwork is vivid and searing, and is perfectly interwoven with Marsden's sparse text. This is a perfect book for adults who enjoy the art of picture books, though it is also a good way to open up a conversation about respect and cultural awareness with children.