“Beatrix Potter meets the blockchain” is how one critic, Alderman Professor Michael Mainelli, describes The Sphinxing Rabbit series of books, which can be read and enjoyed by people of all ages on different levels — and could represent a slightly quirkier Easter bunny gift this week.
Another critic, John O'Sullivan, says: “Pauline Chakmakjian’s fascinating new book cleverly employs the uncomplicated literary idiom of the fable to reveal how science and technology are cunningly deployed against us by the state.”
"The book is suitable for children as well as adults as it has been designed to be understood on different levels by different age groups, so it makes it versatile, especially if you are looking for a unique Easter present this year."
The Sphinxing Rabbit series of books are beautifully illustrated, travel-sized works of art full of ideas revolving around individuality as well as allusions to fine works of art. The density of ideas are nicely packed into stories that are simple enough for a child to appreciate but sophisticated enough for people more familiar with Orwell.
There are currently two books out in the series with the completion of the trilogy scheduled for early 2023, the start of the Lunar Year of the Rabbit. Well-known in East Asian countries, the rabbit is the luckiest of all the animal signs.
The first book, The Sphinxing Rabbit: Her Sovereign Majesty, introduces the main character who embodies the freedom and sovereignty of the individual as she is presented in the title page in the robes of the coronation portrait of Elizabeth I. Watch as she establishes a community and tries to limit government to determine her own destiny.
The second book, The Sphinxing Rabbit: Book of Hours, introduces the Duc de Bunny, the embodiment of neo-feudalism in the face of liberating education and technology using the artistic backdrop of a famous illuminated manuscript. For John O'Sullivan's review of the first book, click >> here <<. The books can be purchased >> here <<.
"Beatrix Potter meets blockchain in this beguiling book, exploring the nature of power and structures through sympathetic storytelling."
Alderman Professor Michael Mainelli