Monday, January 18, 2010
Cheer up, rubber duckling!
Rubber duckling, take a look at this nice review of Hey, Rabbit! on School Library Journal.
As a rabbit pushes a large suitcase, many animals inquire about the contents. A toucan wonders, “HEY, Rabbit! Is there anything for me in your suitcase? Maybe a leaf to remind me of home?” Expectations are exceeded when each creature peeks inside. For example, Toucan discovers a tropical paradise full of exotic flora and fauna. More fantasies come true: a dog finds a birthday cake made of bones, a cat discovers a room full of yarn, and a hungry mouse enjoys tasting stacks of cheese. Ruzzier’s delicate ink-and-watercolor illustrations have a quirky, dreamy quality. After everyone’s wishes have come true, Rabbit wonders, “HEY, is there anything for me in my suitcase?” [...] Pair this with Katie Cleminson’s Magic Box (Hyperion, 2009) for a fanciful storytime. – Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada