Author(s): Peter Emina
An underwater adventure plot framed by a premature baby who grows into a girl during her incubator dreams
Lyra and W. Rabbit were together from the very first moment. As the second moment arrived, Rabbit lay there with his head next to hers. He could feel her tiny breaths passing along the plastic tube. He listened to the air as it tickled his big furry ears . . .
Peacefully floating on the surface of life, Lyra is very good at ignoring everything. But when her beloved rabbit is taken away by an unschooled whooshing jumble of flying fish, Lyra finds herself caught up in an amazing watery adventure below the surface of the ocean. With the help of her new friend Timothy the turtle, she bravely vows to find W. Rabbit at all costs.
Accompanied by delightfully gentle illustrations this is a charming story. With lots of humour - I loved the idea of Timothy and his elaborate home - and just the right amount of trepidation. It highlights how a special toy can be an important friend to a child by providing much needed reassurance and security. Lovely to read together. Carousel magazine, summer 2011