Magician Monsieur Lapin is auditioning assistants and Houdini the rabbit is the obvious choice – he loves magic and knows how to take care of everyone and everything in the theatre. So one night when things go wrong, Houdini tries to carry on with the show… and unfortunately that spells rabbit-shaped disaster for his human magician.


Meg graduated from the prestigious MA in Children's Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art. Printmaker, illustrator and unapologetic Hercule Poirot aficionado, she now lives in Inverness (where she is trying to rebuild her natural Scots' resolve against the cold) with her other half Jon and their impressive Lego collection.


Inventive and detailed, with fresh, witty design and layout, this is a star of a picture book and Meg McLaren is a new talent to watch.


A funny and entertaining story

Guardian, The Best New Children's Books

McLaren hits all the right notes with this spare but exhilarating text, bringing it to rich visual life with dynamic and comically energetic illustrations. No page turn goes unrewarded, and readers of any age will rush to see the rabbits’ ironic background antics. A study in leporine whimsy with lingering poignance.


The razzle-dazzle magic performed by the two lead characters and the sizable cast of chubby rabbits is adeptly captured in the whimsical illustrations.


This captivating telling isn’t a typical pulling-a-rabbit-out-of-a-hat tale… Young readers will not only enjoy the narrative but will also pick up the hidden cues woven into the illustrations.

School Library Journal

This exuberant debut has style and charm in abundance

The Bookseller



This delightful tale about working together and helping your friends is full of warmth and humour.


Among the very best… This follows Houdini the magician’s rabbit as he makes his own bid for stardom and takes over the stage and a whole troupe of comically-sketched bouncing, mischievous bunnies – each of them a chubby, expressive ball of hilarity.

Glasgow Herald

You’re guaranteed plenty of “Tadaa!” and loads of funny bunnies.

Storytime Magazine, Book of the Month March 2016

A beautifully illustrated, delightfully entertaining story with lots of humourous details to spot.

Baby London

The narrative is told with a simple economy which the bustle and pizzazz of the illustrations expand upon deliciously… This is a picture book that is a pleasure to read with some strong messages about friendship and teamwork to boot.

The School Librarian

A treat to the eye

The Bookbag

This is a book that should be read over and over again. With each read, there is something else to notice, enjoy and have a little giggle at.

North Somerset Teachers' Book Award

Exudes charm, wit and utter brilliance

Red Reading Hub

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