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Lily lives in a tower block with
her mother and grandfather, who breeds rabbits in his bedroom.
Lily worries about strangers, ghosts, crazy-on-drugs men and
her grandad's poorly ticker. But today is a treat - she's going
with her grandad to a rabbit show.
As Lily relates the day's events she reveals her world, where
cousins can be cruel, teachers hostile, and the man in the park
might be her father. Valiantly grappling with the unpredictable
behaviour of adults, their secrets and rules, Lily doesn't realise
that on this day even her beloved grandad might let her down.
Published 2002, by Sceptre. ISBN 0-340-73971-1.
"Deceptively simple... Bryan
has a keen ear for the idiosyncrasies of kid-speak, and this
gift makes her junior creation so touchingly real, so fresh,
and so alive... All very fantastic-elastic, and not as easy-peasy-lemon-squeezie
as it looks." INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
"Bryan manages to work to
great effect the space between Lily's knee-high view of the world
and the picture that the reader builds from her observations.
The simple pleasures of a packet of Monster Munch are balanced
by the confusing complexity of the adults around her... A funny
and moving book that captures the innocent explorations of childhood."
"Heart-warming and poignant."
"Her tactic of rooting the
whole narrative in Lily's head allows her to play intelligently
with the dramatic irony that exists between a five-year-old's
youthful guesswork and a reader's adult logic. There is a great
deal of humour in this tale... Bryan is unafraid of showing that
childhood is a time of impotence, confusion, and crudity as well
as innocence and twee humour, and her take on the life of a fractured
family is an honest and effective one." GLASGOW HERALD
"An utterly convincing portrayal
of childhood's more uncomfortable upsets, from wet pants to absent