Sometimes Suzie gets scared in the night, but Bunny White is always there to look after for her. One night, a strange shadow creeps into the room, and Bunny White is nowhere to be found. I Love You, Bunny is a beautiful debut about overcoming being afraid of the dark, illustrated in a classic, nostalgic style. The heartwarming story is perfect for before bed reading, and Alina Surnaite displays a rare drawing talent reminiscent of Shirley Hughes and Martin Waddell.
Alina is a children’s book writer and illustrator, who grew up in Lithuania and now lives and works in Cambridge, UK. She graduated from the MA Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art in 2015. ‘I Love You, Bunny’ is her debut picture book about the fear of darkness, published in 2018 by Lincoln Children’s Books in the UK and the US and by Toyokan Books in Japan. She received her BA degree in Graphics at Vilnius Academy of Arts in Lithuania. Alina has been passionate about children’s books and animation since childhood and continues to create her own stories as well as illustrate fiction. She loves charcoal drawing, which she scans and colours digitally. Alina finds inspiration in nature and children.
‘Alina Surnaite’s debut picture book is quiet but full of emotional resonance. Exploring the common experience of children being afraid of monsters in the shadows, Suzy’s story doesn’t shy away from how scary it can be to imagine there are bad things in your room at night, but shows children that there’s nothing to be afraid of. The soft pastel artwork, often full of shadow, is a perfect context for the story and Surnaite has a lovely eye for the warmth of detail in drawing animals and young children.’