The Tale of Benjamin Bunny -Beatrix Potter

More in the Series – Potter
“More in the Series” scores the other books in a series where one (or more) of the books have made it into the 1001 Books list. Mostly because I’m a bit of a completionist. 

POINTS: 3 out of 10.

Bechdel: 1 point
Variety of characters: 0 points
Good story:  2 points.
Discretionary ideological points: 0 points.

The Tale of Benjamin Bunny is basically a sequel to Peter Rabbit, in which Peter and his cousin Benjamin return to the scene of the crime – Mr. McGregor’s garden – in order to reclaim Peter’s lost clothes and steal some onions. As with the first story, they very nearly don’t make it out alive, facing off against (well, hiding from) the cat, and being rescued by Benjamin’s father.

Technically, the book passes the Bechdel with the only piece of conversation uttered  by a woman when Peter’s mother tells Cotton-Tail to go get some chamomile. (Perhaps, technically, Cotton-Tail should respond, but I’m going to let that slide on this occasion.) Apart from that though, this is very much a boys’ tale.

As with the other Potter books, this one is very much entrenched in a certain kind of British country life, and as a result has not a whiff of diversity in it.

Having said all that it’s a perfectly entertaining story. The illustrations have the well-known Potter charm, the tale rollicks along at a decent pace. C enjoyed it. It was fun to read.

I mean, it’s not one of my favourite of her books, but it’s perfectly passable, for what it is. It does much what its predecessor does, but with arguably less charm for being a revisit. (I will admit I enjoyed the meta moment of the narrator saying that she couldn’t draw the bunnies under the basket because it was dark and smelled of onions, but I am a sucker for metatext.)

 

 

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