Saturday, November 3, 2018

Picture Book Month: Three Books Featuring Rabbits

Yikes! It's Picture Book Month! I collected a stack of picture books and started reading on November 1, intending on posting a picture book review a day. Gah!

In a rather funny coincidence, I happened to read three featuring rabbits as the main character. 

Rabbit Moon by Jean Kim. unpgd. Arthur A. Levine Books/ Scholastic Inc., January, 2018. 9781338036398. (Review from finished copy courtesy of publisher.)

The illustrations in this are just perfectly gorgeous! They are so soft and moonlit. Don't skip the author's note and the spot art. Apparently, you might see the shape of a rabbit and a pestle in the full moon in Korea. If you do, you should send up a wish. I never knew this little custom. I love it. Rabbit loves his job but he's lonely so he travels down to Earth where he makes friends. Rabbit Moon is a lovely story to share with one or many children. The text is soothing though the rhyme scheme falters a bit. This is Jean Kim's first solo picture book.

Bunny's Staycation Mama's Business Trip by Lori Richmond. unpgd. Scholastic Press/ Scholastic Inc., January, 2018. 9780545925891. (Review of finished copy courtesy of publisher.)

Bunny's mama is readying for a business trip and he's not at all happy. Papa's working on his "Carrot" laptop but ready to step up to make Bunny's separation anxiety better. There's plenty of visual humor and lots of popping color in this humorous relatable story.

Good Night, Bunny by Lauren Thompson. unpgd. Orchard Books/ Scholastic Inc., January, 2018. 9780545603355. (Review of finished copy courtesy of publisher.)

This one is being compared to Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. Personally, while I liked the book well enough, I was always put off by the colors in the illustrations. The text is soothing but the illustrations aren't. The illustrations here are as lulling as the sweet, rhythmic text.

Happy picture book month reading. Remember, you're never too old for picture books!

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