Philippa Leathers studied graphic design, illustration, and animation, and currently works as a freelance animator and illustrator. The Black Rabbit is her first picture book, while her animation credits include work on the Charlie and Lola and Peppa Pig TV series. She lives in England with her family, a gray tabby cat named Emmi, and two rabbits named Benji and Kiki, who inspired her to write The Black Rabbit, as where one goes the other follows close behind.
Leathers's rabbit is charming, traveling on two feet, with an
exaggerated stuffed animal form that is endearing and
--School Library Journal
Debut author-illustrator Leathers' soft, textured watercolors
are never very frightening...which makes this story--one that's
ultimately about friendship--ideal for the littlest kids. Befuddled
animals are always adorable, and Rabbit, with his expressive ears
and large eyes, isno exception.
--Booklist Done in digitally combined watercolor and ink, the illustrations are expressive and comic. Along with the dramatic page turns, the art cleverly plays up both the story's suspense and the joke of the shadow's identity throughout, while making the naive rabbit an irresistible character.
--The Horn Book Graphic designer Philippa Leathers' very charming debut picture book, captures the sense of discovery and wonder that children have as they learn about the kinds of things we now take for granted... like our shadows.
--EW.com In a sweetly humorous debut, Philippa Leathers captures the ambivalence that young children sometimes feel about their shadows.
--The Wall Street Journal