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Product Details

  • Series: Bunny Suicides
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (December 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452285186
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452285187
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 7.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As much as I hate to admit it, this book is laugh-out-loud funny. -- Curledup.com

At last, a British Gary Larson. But without the other animals. -- David Baddiel, comedian

It's the funniest, bunniest book I've ever read. -- Elton John

Weak stomachs be warned: They get battered, bee-stung, boiled and (ouch) beheaded. -- US Weekly, January 19, 2004

About the Author

Andy Riley is a scriptwriter for television and film. His credits include Trigger Happy TV, Smack the Pony, Black Books, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts award-winning Robbie the Reindeer, and the new Disney animated film Gnomeo and Juliet—with a score by Tim Rice and Elton John.  He draws a weekly comic strip called “Roasted” for The Observer magazine.


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This book is so funny.
Charles T Way
Bunnies always look good in cartoons and Andy Riley's "The Book of Bunny Suicides" is terrific.
Jon Hunt
I just received this great book as a birthday gift.
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73 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Mary Gibbins on January 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
I absolutely cannot STAND it when people in the bookstore make NOISES about the books they're looking at. No snorting, whispering, nothing. Most of all -- NO LAUGHING! I happened to notice this book on a table at the bookstore tonight. Picked it up. LOVED the description under the title -- "Fluffy little bunnies that just don't want to live anymore." I should've stopped there. Because when I started flipping through and checking out the pics ... I couldn't help it. I laughed. Out loud. A lot. Then I went and got my husband to glance through it with me. Together we laughed. Out loud. A lot. Before we left the store, I saw two other people pick up the same book and do the same thing and it didn't even make me mad ... Have I become one of THEM?!?!
The book is cool. A must-have. It may be warped and weird, but reading this book will make you happy. Beats a trip to the shrink anyday!
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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Ethan Straffin on January 6, 2004
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The best thing about _The Book of Bunny Suicides_ is that there's actually not that much gore involved. Oh, sure, there are plenty of decapitated, disemboweled, liquefied, and otherwise visibly deceased bunnies in evidence. And don't get me wrong: that's funny too.
Yet Riley is clearly among that rare but blessed breed of humorists who recognize that the anticipation can be even funnier than the payoff. And so, right after he shows us three bunnies impaled upon a light saber, he shows us two more bunnies calmly sunning themselves on the beach as Noah's Ark prepares to depart.
On the downside, Disney may never hire Riley again once it gets a load of _The Book of Bunny Suicides_. On the upside, he's already proven that this would be Disney's loss rather than his.
Funniest, bunni^H^H^H^H^HNO I WILL NOT MAKE THAT DUMB JOKE cartoon collection of 2003, paws down.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Ross HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
I rarely buy books on first sight but one glimpse into this small volume sold me. My wife and I took it home and allotted ourselves to two pages a day to make it last. Then we both took it to work and caused downturns in productivity as we showed it to all our coworkers. Now it sits on the shelf in easy reach and gets brought out whenever people come over. Why?

Well, this is simply the funniest thing I've come across in a long time. It's a book of simple black and white cartoon line drawings of bunny rabbits either planning their own demise, or showing the result of their suicide. There is no dialogue (except one sequence involving Darth Vader), no captions, just these ridiculous little rabbits with completely deadpan faces and a sadistic self-destructive streak. The most common comparison is to Gary Larson and the talking animals of his "Far Side" panels. These are somewhat similar in that they unfold in a single panel and are sublimely ridiculous and clever, but there's also often a Rube Goldberg character to the elaborate suicide plans. In terms of tone however, I think Edward Gorey is perhaps more on the mark, in terms of depicting the darkest deadpan humor possible.

Non-Brits should note that some of the jokes depend on being versed in British popular culture. For example, one is only funny if you're familiar with the work of Damien Hirst, another is only funny if you've seen the classic British cult film The Wicker Man, and one requires an understanding of British hand gestures (the "peace sign" being flashed by a bunny lined up with Nazi soldiers cited by one reviewer is actually something rather more rude...).
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Eileen Rieback on December 30, 2003
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Andy Riley, a British cartoonist and creator of a weekly comic strip in the Observer, tackles the off-the-wall subject of bunnies who simply can't go on living any more. These cartoons explore the outrageous and creative ways a bunny might dispatch itself to that great hutch in the sky. These include such methods as sunning on the beach while Noah loads the Ark, becoming ballast for a hot air balloon, and catapulting through venetian blinds. This book is morbidly funny and tragically silly. If you like humor that's a cross between The Addams Family and The Far Side, this book is for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Linda Rawlings on March 31, 2004
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If you are disturbed by cartoons that play around on the dark side of humor, this book may not be for you. If on the other hand you like cartoons like Lenore and the Far Side, then this might be right up your alley. This book is full of spot-on funny drawings of little fluffy bunnies who just don't want to live any more, and find creative ways to end their fluffy little existance. My favorite: The little fluffy bunnie doing the "peace" sign standing in line-up with Fascist soldiers...
This book is giving me daily laughs, and I glory in making sane people squirm, then burst out chuckling, shamefacedly admit that they LOVE this book.
Oh, and I gave a copy to my professor in "Clinical treatment of personality disorders". It was well received.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Valerie on September 4, 2004
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... and very entertaining!

I stumbled upon this little gem by accident and, since I am the proud owner of a bunny whom I have long suspected of being suicidal (why else would she dash between my legs as I am running across the room? or chew on electric wires? or eat paint? or stare at the balcony edge with wistful eyes?), I just had to buy it.

This is a very funny little book. I do wish it had been longer, as I got through it within half an hour, but I suspect I will flip through it again very soon and smile again. The mere concept is hilarious and the drawings are simple, straightforward, understated and thereby all the more effective. The main humour factor is the creativity involved in the bunnies' demise. A few are slightly obvious, but the vast majority is unnecessarily elaborate, and thereby all the more hilarious. It gets very descriptive sometimes. but never overly gory: sometimes you see the bunnies actually die, but it always seems so matter-of-fact and cynical that it's hard to get upset. For most people, the only disturbing factor will be the eternal question of why these deadpan little critters so desperately want to die. As far as I can see, being a bunny isn't so bad...

Obviously not something you want to show your hyper-sensitive seven-year-old, but a very entertaining, and oddly cute read. Dare we hope for a sequel?
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