Teacup House is the first in a series of adventure-fantasy stories starring Stevie Gillespie and four toy rabbits who come alive when the humans are not around.
Stevie Gillespie isn’t happy that she and her mum are having to move from a flat in the city to a cottage in the countryside, even though it means she will be closer to her dad. Stevie won’t be moving alone though. On the morning of the move, Nanny Blue turns up with a special gift, a beautiful teacup shaped house that is home to four adorable rabbits that used to belong to Stevie’s mother. These are no ordinary rabbits though, when the prying eyes of humans are not around they magically come to life and have the most amazing of adventures. And when daddy rabbit gets lost during the house move, one rabbit has to embark on a daring rescue mission to get him back…
Hayley Scott has created an original and enjoyable story and the utterly charming tale about the adventures of Stevie and the Twitches will charm and endear itself to any young readers who are lucky enough to pick it up. Real life and fantasy are expertly mixed together as an everyday situation is dashed with magic and sparkle. The action is divided between the real world events of Stevie and her mum, and the magical world of the Twitches. Whilst Stevie is busy navigating the whole moving home situation and having to hunt for the lost daddy rabbit, the Twitches are having their own fun and plotting a rescue mission of their own to find their missing family member.
Moving house is always a tricky time for children and this is explored through the feelings and emotions of Stevie. She is upset at having to move home and leave friends, family and her school behind and really struggles with saying goodbye to her old home and not feeling at home in her new one. Luckily, there are some rather magical rabbits on hand to make the transition easier and by the end of the story Stevie is beginning to see that change doesn’t have to be a bad thing, in fact, she feels much more positive about the whole countryside living situation and is envisaging what flowers and vegetables she can grow in the garden. The stars of the book are the adorable rabbits who will immediately win over the hearts of readers. Simply put, the rabbits are awesome. Silver is my absolute favourite, she is brave and shows ingenuity and creativity - there doesn’t seem to be anything that this little problem-solving bunny cannot do!
The story is told across eight chapters, nicely lending itself to being read across the course of an entire week. Scott’s delightful prose are accompanied by adorable illustrations by Pippa Curnick - I just cannot get enough of the bright and colourful scenes.
This is such a beautiful story that embraces an emotional everyday situation and adds in a big dose of magical adventure. Sure to delight and charm many a young reader, particularly those who love rabbits. You’ll be hopping mad if you miss out on this most pleasing of stories.
Recommended for 5+.