So, you’re wandering through the far reaches of Weirdwood Manor, trying to make your way through the Maze Library to one of the Reading Rooms where your host, the mysterious Arthur Weirdwood, is waiting. Alas, you find yourself lost and unable to remember Dhor’s directions. Uh, straight, then left, then straight, then right, then…
Down a dark and spooky passageway, you hear a sound. From under a small mountain of books, you come across a strange creature who needs your help. The furry little creature looks like an Easter Bunny — yet it’s not. And it talks — but not in the rounded vowels of a ‘Peter Rabbit.’
Good gravy! Could you have stumbled across a burbit, a creature found only in Weirdwood Manor’s unfathomable Bookcropolis?
Before you shake your head in disbelief, here’s a checklist that will help you tell if you’ve met a real burbit.
Ears: The most unmistakable sign that you’ve come across a Burbit is their ears. Not two, but four ears. They’re floppy, and big, and unmistakable. It’s not everyday you see a four-eared creature hanging around. If you do, it’s probably a burbit!
Body: Burbits are covered in tiger-stripped fur of different colours, with short limbs and a rabbit-like nose. In fact, they look like a cross between a rabbit and an Oompa Loompa — big ears, wide eyes, short, with a rounded belly. Unmistakable!
Clothes: Burbits have a distinctive sense of style and are most often dressed in smart uniforms that are covered in straps, pockets, and shiny brass buttons. If you see a short, round, four-eared creature without clothes of some sort, it’s most likely not a burbit – at least not a modest one from Burbittown.
Language: You may not understand what a Burbit is saying, but knowing that will help you identify one. If you come across a creature who matches all the previous points and is speaking a foreign language, congrats! You have found yourself a burbit.
Love of stories: Burbits live in the Bookcropolis, which is a really, really, really big library that also happens to have quite an assortment of mythical beasts, magical doorways, caves of wonder, hidden castles, ghosts, zombies, robots, blorks, (and a large collection of man‐eating monsters). Growing up in this type of rich, reading environment, you’d probably have a love of stories, yourself! Ask a burbit a question and you’re likely to get a story.
Be wary, though… burbits don’t trust many humans.
If you want to learn more about them, hop right into Book 4, now. But you’ll need a convincing disguise to fool them. We have to warn you; they’ll be able to hear that you’re not what you claim to be. But that’s a story for another book!
WEIRDWOOD MANOR is available from the App Store for $3.99 US / $5.49 CDN (includes Books 1 and 2). Books 3 to 6 can be purchased separately for $4.99 US / $5.49 CDN or as part of a bundle for $9.99 USD / $13.99 CDN (35% discount off the regular price). Visit the App Store for country pricing and to download.