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The Rabbit, the Dark and the Biscuit Tin

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  181 ratings  ·  48 reviews
It’s night-time, but Rabbit does not want to go to bed. So, he decides to kidnap The Dark and stay up all night long!
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 6th 2018 by Nosy Crow Ltd
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Melissa
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one just made me feel happy. If you have a kid that refuses to go to bed, forwhatever reason, or is scared of the dark, it was a nice story on why the world needs night framed by a rabbit that's the representation on every kid out there refusing sleep. The cute twist of the "open the flap" sort of book page that happened at the end gave out a nice "sense of wonder" to end the story on. I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this book. ...more
Becky
First sentence: Once upon a time, there was a rabbit who didn't want to go to sleep. "Oh, no!" squeaked Rabbit when it started to get dark. "I'm not tired and I don't want to go to bed!" Then a bright idea popped into his head. "I don't want to go to bed," said Rabbit, "and if it doesn't get dark, I won't have to."

Premise/plot: Rabbit IS NOT tired. Rabbit IS NOT cranky. Rabbit IS clever, right?! I mean who else would think up a way to TRAP THE DARKNESS to put off bedtime?!?!

My thoughts: I really
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Vern
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Consequences!!!

Very cute book.

No wilty carrots!
Deb
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-alena
I like this. Rabbit has a specific problem (doesn't want to go to sleep) and a solution (trap the dark in a cookie tin) that teaches a simple concept-- nighttime has a helpful, positive purpose. I like the illustrations too. ...more
Mathew
Little Rabbit is not ready to go to bed and is annoyed at the fact that night is approaching. So, with some wit, he traps Night in his biscuit tin. Whilst Rabbit frolics around in the endless daytime, Night shares with him the consequences of there being no darkness.

This is a lovely addition from Nosy Crow. O'Byrne captures the impetuousness of a young child in the Rabbit who remains blindingly defiant until the consequences cannot be ignored. Night, like a well-tempered parent, gently shows hi
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Linda
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! Little rabbit isn’t sleepy and he doesn’t want to go to bed so he hatches a plan to steal the dark and put it in a biscuit tin. Of course many creatures depend on the dark, like bats and owls.
A delightful story about not wanting to go to bed but also the importance of night time and sleep.
Annie Wingate
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I really loved the imagination behind this story which was supported by fantastic illustrations. Great story to introduce to children helping them understand the importance of the dark and to not be afraid of it.
Kelly
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a clever book with a twist on the theme of not wanting to go to bed. I was thorough delighted and surprised while reading it. Highly recommend as a picture book.
Ansley Cumberland
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-lit
The Rabbit, the Dark, and the Cookie Tin tells the story of a rabbit who hates bedtime. He realizes that if the sky never turns dark, he never has to go to sleep; therefore, he sets off to capture darkness -- in a cookie tin. The rest of the story follows the rabbit as he carries around the cookie tin, with The Dark inside trying to convince him to let him out!

This was a fun little book in which a rabbit learned to appreciate night and the dark just like he did the daytime! I was quite surprised
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Melissa Megan
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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SCren
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book tells the clever tale of a rabbit who traps the coming night in a cookie tin. Against all odds, this daring concept is beautifully captured in both the illustrations and the sweetly clever narrative.
My daughter, who has had a terrible fear of the dark, deeply related to the rabbit’s desire to keep daylight all the time. But her great comfort came from the gentle and beautiful personification of the dark as a starry night sky. The story worked out in a way that made sense to her, and le
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Educateempower
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do you have a child who does not like to sleep?

Have you ever wondered what your evening would look like if the dark never came?

I know we've all wished it, especially on those wonderful summer days.

The rabbit, the dark and the Biscuit Tin by Nicola O'Byrne is a cute story about a little rabbit who does not like going to bed and wishes that the evening never - ever came.

But little does he realises that without night time, many living things suffer.

The rabbit, the dark and the Biscuit Tin by Nicola
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Hannah Fay
Mar 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-lit
This story follows a rabbit who refuses to go to bed. To avoid going to sleep, the rabbit tricks the dark and traps him into a cookie tin! The dark tries to show all the reasons he is needed and why the rabbit needs to let him out. The dark shows him all the nocturnal animals that need him, the plants that need shade, the weather that needs regulated, and the rabbit who needs sleep not to be grumpy! Finally, the rabbit lets the dark out. The dark shows the rabbit how beautiful night time can be ...more
Katie
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, storytime
LOVE! So original! Rabbit doesn't want to go to bed, they aren't tired. If it isn't dark they don't have to go to bed, right? Right! So Rabbit finds a cookie tin and captures The Dark. The Dark talk to Rabbit and they go back and forth on why we all need the dark, how breakfast only happens after you have slept, and how even carrots need dark. The Dark being this big talking thing could be kinda scary/creepy, but the illustrations and overall story keep that from happening. There is even this aw ...more
Lynn
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Little Rabbit is not tired does NOT want to go to bed so he traps the Dark in a cookie tin. The Dark reminds Rabbit that many animals need him. Bats and Owl and the little foxes are just getting up when Rabbit goes to bed. But despite getting more tired and grumpier by the minute, Rabbit won't let the Dark out of the cookie tin.

Funny and sweet, this adorable bedtime story ends with a beautiful pop-up surprise.
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Elizabeth
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent addition to the large field of "not wanting to go to bed" books. Rabbit is not tired so he decides to trap The Dark inside a cookie tin. Rabbit soon realizes that other creatures rely on The Dark, and has a change of heart. A really cute story with adorable illustrations, this book is a winner. ...more
Kelsey
Age: Preschool-1st grade
Animals: Rabbit

As the night creeps in, stubborn Rabbit does not want to go to bed and captures the Dark in a cookie tin. The Dark calmly states his case for freedom until Rabbit concedes, springing forth a magical nighttime pop-up. A calming tale of someone that refuses to go to bed until reason is found.
Molly Cluff (Library!)
Rabbit locks away The Dark in a cookie tin. He doesn't think it will have any consequences, but soon learns that other animals rely on the darkness, and his own personal routines are out of whack without it. One of those "nighttime is beautiful, not scary" books. I LOVE the foldout when the night is released back into the world--that was lovely. ...more
Amy
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An interesting story about a rabbit who decides he is going to capture the dark so he doesn't have to go to bed. After a few lessons and some encouragement from "the dark" (who is being held hostage in a cookie tin), Rabbit realizes what an important job the dark has to do and lets him go. It is a fun story with some educational points about nocturnal animals and the importance of day and night. ...more
Vernon Area Public Library KIDS
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Preschool-Kindergarten
As the night creeps in, stubborn Rabbit does not want to go to bed and captures the Dark in a cookie tin. The Dark calmly states his case for freedom until Rabbit concedes, springing forth a magical nighttime pop-up. A calming tale of someone that refuses to go to bed until reason is found.

Reviewed by: Miss Kelsey, Youth and School Services, Vernon Area Public Library
Rebecca Ann
A little rabbit decides he doesn't want to go to sleep so he captures the night in a cookie tin. Eventually he is convinced that the night has good qualities and order is restored. This is great book for kids who don't like the dark or have a hard time going to bed. ...more
The Brothers
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rabbit does not want to go to bed and is not tired, so it thinks if it is not dark, then bedtime will never come. Using a cookie tin, it manages to catch Darkness so it will never get dark. But then *unintended consequences*! Fun story.

Fun illustrations.
Emily Foster
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a cute book. Some really nice lessons in there about nocturnal animals and absolutely loved the pop up biscuit tin. A lovely book to take into the classroom, and available as an audio book which is a really nice feature.
Ann Sawyer
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So many wonderful books and so little time to read them! Another gem of a book especially if you have children who are afraid of the dark or who don't want to go to bed. I loved the page with the biscuit tin (no spoilers as I don't want to ruin the surprise). ...more
Melissa
Mar 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books, kids
3.5 Stars. This book teaches about night and how animals, food, and moods need the night.
Allison
Charming and made me giggle more than once.
Ms Threlkeld
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Clever bedtime story that kids and adults will relate to.
Edward Sullivan
Rabbit who doesn't want to go to sleep realizes that trapping the Dark in a cookie tin is not a good idea. ...more
Annese
I can't wait to try this for storytime. ...more
Steph
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So dang adorable. (Wish that fold-out page wouldn’t get destroyed in the library!)
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Nicola O’Byrne was banned from watching Saturday morning television by her parents and she has been drawing ever since. She grew up in Singapore surrounded by the vibrant colors of the tropics and had not even heard of illustration as a career before she discovered the Illustration course at Edinburgh College of Art. She has a masters in printmaking from Camberwell College of Art. Nicola O’Byrne g ...more

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