Sunday, 20 December 2009
Thursday, 3 December 2009
Wednesday, 2 December 2009
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
Saturday, 7 November 2009
1. Ask before you take a photo.
2. Hold the camera the right way up.
3. Get the subject near the centre of the picture.
4. Make sure that everyone is facing the right way.
5. Make sure that everyone is smiling.
6. Get in close to the subject.
7. Not that close.
8. Hold the camera level.
9. Don't put your paw over the lens.
10. Check the exposure.
11. Check the exposure. Again.
13. Keep still.
14. Don't cut off the top of their ears.
15. Too high!
16. Too low!
17. Make sure that Nigel Floppyears doesn't get in the way. Or anyone else.
Now you're all ready to take the photo.
Press the button, and --
18. Make sure that everyone hasn't walked off 'cos they're bored.
I'm going back to my pencils.
Monday, 2 November 2009
We're so proud! Our friend Badge the Badger has made this lovely set of four pinback button badges celebrating The Great American Rabbit, with drawings by me, Bob Tail Rabbit.
- Uncle Sam Rabbit says America Needs Rabbits!
- The Statue of Liberty fits her long ears under her crown.
- The cowboy rabbit burrows westwards.
- And a rabbit proudly salutes the Stars and Stripes.
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
"One more?" I cried. "No! I'm exhausted from all this rabbiting. I'm so tired, I can't lift my pencil any more... Are you sure she's one hundred? Could she be only ninety-nine?"
"She's definitely one hundred. You have to draw one more rabbit."
"It's no good, I can't go on." I banged my head against my desk. "She'll just have to make do with ninety-nine rabbits. I feel terrible."
I was sad and disappointed that I had failed to reach my target. I wrapped up the present that we'd got for Great Aunt Dahlia, and we hopped over to her burrow.
The party had already started. All of Great Aunt Dahlia's friends were there. "We got you this," I said, handing her the box.
"Thank you ever so much," said Great Aunt Dahlia. "I wonder what it is."
"Open it carefully!"
"Look everyone! Look what Bob Tail Rabbit brought me -- "
"-- the biggest bunch of flowers in the world!"
Late that evening, Clarissa and I stumbled home, tired but happy after the excitement of the party.
"Well done, Bob Tail Rabbit," said Clarissa as she made the cocoa. "You made it after all. I knew you could do it."
"Made it? No, I failed. I only drew ninety-nine rabbits."
"Oh, you silly Bob Tail Rabbit, look up there! You drew yourself carrying Great Aunt Dahlia's present! You drew one hundred rabbits... And then one to spare!"
"I did? I did! You're right! Good night, Clarissa!"
"Sleep well, Bob Tail Rabbit."
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
Monday, 19 October 2009
Sunday, 18 October 2009
Saturday, 17 October 2009
Friday, 16 October 2009
Thursday, 15 October 2009
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
Wednesday, 7 October 2009
Friday, 2 October 2009
Thursday, 1 October 2009
Wednesday, 30 September 2009
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
Monday, 28 September 2009
Sunday, 27 September 2009
Saturday, 26 September 2009
Friday, 25 September 2009
Thursday, 24 September 2009
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
"Great Aunt Dahlia says she can't remember what happened next," I told Clarissa.
"I expect another slice of carrot cake will jog her memory."
"I think she's just getting old and forgetful," I said, worried that the carrot cake was already disappearing too fast. "How old do you think she is?"
"Well, I just happen to know it's her birthday next week. She'll be one hundred years old."
"One hundred!" I said. "Gosh, I can't imagine being that old. That's like, like infinite."
"Oh no," said Clarissa. "One hundred is nowhere near infinite."
"What's the difference?"
"Well, the difference is you could draw one hundred rabbits, but you could never draw an infinite number of rabbits".
That gave me an idea. "I'm going to draw one hundred rabbits for Great Aunt Dahlia, one for each year that we're celebrating." I hopped off to the studio to draw.
"But that's only five rabbits," said Clarissa.
"Come back tomorrow..."
rabbits 6 to 10
rabbits 11 to 15
rabbits 16 to 20
rabbits 21 to 25
rabbits 26 to 30
rabbits 31 to 35
rabbits 36 to 40
rabbits 41 to 45
rabbits 46 to 50
rabbits 50 to 55
rabbits 56 to 60
rabbits 61 to 65
rabbits 66 to 70
rabbits 71 to 75
rabbits 76 to 80
rabbits 81 to 85
rabbits 86 to 90
rabbits 91 to 95
rabbits 96 to 99
Wednesday, 15 July 2009
"Well, of course, she survived, you silly Bob Tail Rabbit," said Great Aunt Dahlia. "If she hadn't survived, you would never have been born, and I'd be sitting here talking to that empty plate."
"The storm tossed Lily out of the punt, and she fell into the cold water. Further and further she fell, until she reached almost to the bottom of the ocean."
"Lily swam around looking at the fish and the shells and the rocks. She told me she even saw a merbunny."
"Then in the distance, she saw a hollow rock -- a cave -- and in the darkness, she could see something glittering."
"Cautiously, she swam into the cave, and do you know what she found?"
"Treasure, that's what she found. An enormous treasure chest overflowing with the most beautiful golden carrots that you can imagine."
"Oh my! Did Grandma take the treasure, and become rich, and live happily ever after?"
"Well, Bob Tail Rabbit, life isn't as simple as that. Oh dear, all this talk about carrots has made me hungry again. Now, didn't I mention something about an empty plate?"
"I'll get you another slice of cake..."
Thursday, 9 July 2009
"Go on," I said, passing her another slice of carrot cake. "Grandmother Lily was drifting on the river in a punt all alone. What happened next?"
Great Aunt Dahlia brushed the crumbs from her whiskers. "Well, Lily tried to call for help. She shouted and waved, but a little rabbit in a little punt is a very small thing indeed, and no one noticed her."
"'Oh my, oh my! Whatever shall I do?' she cried to herself. By now, she was quite cold and hungry, and shaky with fear. So she pulled the picnic blanket over her, and lay down to rest.
The punt drifted on down the river. Suddenly, Lily woke with a start, and looked all round. There was nothing but the cold water below and dark clouds above. 'Oh my, oh my, I've drifted out to sea.'
'Bless my whiskers, there's a storm heading this way!'
And before she could do anything, the wind blew a great wave across the sea and snatched up the punt. Lily clung onto the side as they were tossed into the air, and --"
"Yes -- go on, Great Aunt Dahlia. What happened next?" I cried.
"Just a moment, young Bob Tail Rabbit. I think I could manage another slice of that carrot cake, and then I'll tell you."
Look out for the next episode, coming soon.