Colour illustration of a rabbit sitting on a green lily pad in a pond.

The Nonbinary Bunny by Maia Kobabe

This story is a loving remake of The Runaway Bunny (1942) written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd. This version was written and illustrated by Maia Kobabe.

Cover photo: colour illustration of two white rabbits, one small and one large, in a green field with pink flowers. Text: The Nonbinary Bunny by Maia Kobabe (with deep respect for Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd).

page 1: black ink illustration of two bunnies sitting together on the grass. Text: Once there was a little bunny who realized e was nonbinary. So e said to eir mother, "I am not a boy bunny or a girl bunny." "I love you, but I don't understand," sair eir mother.

page 2: black ink illustration of a rabbit standing between a moon and a sun.  Text: "Male and female bleed into each other like day and night," said the little bunny. "There is space between them for sunrise and sunsets."

Colour illustration of a sunset with a rabbit made of clouds.

Black ink illustration of a rabbit jumping into water. Text: "I've always thought of male and female like land and water," said eir mother. "Separate." "If they were, then I would be a frog, who lives half in and half out of both," said the little bunny.

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Black ink illustration of leaves with a shadow behind them. Text: "I've always seen female and male as light and shade," said eir mother. "Divided." "If they were, then I would be a cat, who lies half in and out of the sun," said the little bunny.

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Black ink illustration of 2 trees. Text: "I've always believed that male and female were like two trees," said eir mother. "Distinct." "Then I would be a bird who flies back and forth between both," said the little bunny.

Colour illustration of a rabbit with wings flying above trees.

Black ink illustration of a larger mother rabbit sitting in the grass with her face close to a little bunny. "Whether you are a sunrise, or a frog, or a cat, or a bird, I am still your mother. I will support you wherever you go," said the mother bunny. "I love you." "I love you too," said the little bunny.

Colour illustration of two rabbits curled up beside a tree at night.

Black ink illustration of a happy bunny sitting among grass. Text: This story is a loving remake of "The Runaway Bunny" (1942) written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd. This version was written and illustrated by Maia Kobabe. redgoldsparkspress.com, @redgoldsparks patreon.com/maiakobabe

About the artist

Maia Kobabe is a nonbinary, queer author and illustrator with an MFA in Comics from California College of the Arts. Eir first full length book, GENDER QUEER: A MEMOIR, was published by Lion Forge Comics in May 2019. Eir work focuses on themes of identity, sexuality, anti-fascism, fairy tales, and homesickness.

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