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The Book of Bunny Suicides Paperback – December 30, 2003
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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...).Read more ›
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.
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?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Warped twisted fun. Fluffy little unhappy bunnies looking for fascinating ways to meet their maker. Leaves you wanting more.Published 3 days ago by J. Johnson
This book made me cry laughing the first time i read it....and the second time........possibly the third time as well. Buy it, enjoy it!Published 13 days ago by Thomas Appleby
Ugh my husband had this one his wish list, and I bought it for him for his birthday. I hate to say it, but it is hilarious. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Christina R. Shaw
I bought this as a gift for my brother and his lady friend who both loved it. I'll probably end up buying another for my own collection.Published 3 months ago by PM
More therapeutic for the perpetually depressed than decades of psychoanalysis and medication!Published 12 months ago by slimpixie