RABBIT REVIEWS – WHITE BUNNY WHIMS

It’s the Year of the Rabbit so Tania and I thought we’d let the rabbits have their say this week on Kids’ Book Capers.

We’ve brought our bunnies, Cosi and Pickachew (who live at the White household) and Mango and Max (who are fluffy McCartneys) along this week to talk about their favourite books.

Not surprisingly, every book they chose features a rabbit or close relative.

So please put your paws together today to welcome Pickachew and Mango rabbit talking about what they love to read. Today it’s the White Bunnies turn and tomorrow the Brown Bunnies will be here to talk about their favourites.

Pickachew Bunny

PICKACHEW RABBIT’S PICKS

Squish Rabbit – written and illustrated by Katherine Battersby.

Pickachew is a white rabbit just like Squish in Katherine Battersby’s new book, Squish Rabbit.  This could explain why he likes Squish so much, but Pickachew says he has other reasons.

Squish is just like me. I was a lonely rabbit with no friends until Cosi rabbit hopped into my house. Every rabbit needs a friend.

My friend, Cosi is like Squish’s friend, Squirrel; cute, kind and loves to play. Squish Rabbit is one of my favourite books because I know what it’s like to be a little white rabbit in a big world.”

The Fidgety Itch – written by Lucy Davey and illustrated by Katz Crowley.

“Twas only a niggle…

the teensiest titch

but that fidgety feeling grew to an ITCH.”

I love this book, not just because it features my cousin, Fuzzy Hare, but because I can so relate to that feeling of having an itch that just won’t go away, that really needs to be scratched.

I’m lucky I have my friend Cosi Rabbit to do it for me.

I really like all the friends Fuzzy O’ Hare has in this book too. Like Timpkin the mouse, “gleefully gobbling his cheese beneath the fru-fru trees”. And Possum Pie and Feather McDoo.

The pictures are great and I like the way everyone helps each other in this book.

MANGO RABBIT’S COLLECTION

The Rabbit Problem – written and illustrated by Emily Gravett.

I’m a soft, white Netherland dwarf – but don’t let that fool you – I’m also a feisty bunny with big ideas …. just like Emily Gravett, who is one of my fave authors because she really knows her bunnies.

In The Rabbit Problem, we meet a pair of rabbits who come together to… er… multiply. It’s not done in an obvious way or anything, so it’s totally suitable for kids.

When, seemingly overnight, the multiplication gets kind of out of hand, the pair realise overpopulation is not their only problem. There’s also teeming rain, a carrot shortage, a plague of crows, a too-hot summer and carotene-fuelled weight issues.

Like any intelligent species, however, they soon work out just what to do. Complete with chew holes and pop-ups, this book makes me feel like ‘home’.

Wolves – written and illustrated by Emily Gravett.

I know, I know – it’s another Gravett book, but I already told you I was a serious fan.

Now, many would say this book is anti-rabbit … but I disagree. It’s important that young rabbits are made aware of the dangers out there in this big bad world, and Wolves certainly tells it like it is – no carrots barred.

The star of the book – a RABBIT – goes to the library to burrow [sic] a book on wolves. As he reads through it, he becomes more and more wide-eyed and nervous – clearly, too much information may not be a good thing … especially when the rabbit discovers what wolves like to serve up for dinner.

I know for a fact that no rabbits were harmed in the making of Wolves – and I do feel that although this book is somewhat confronting, there’s nothing wrong with injecting a little fear into the current crop of young upstart rabbits who think they’re utterly invincible.

Wolves are everywhere. This is an important book.

Pickachew and Mango had so much fun playing together today and talking about their favourite books. Tomorrow, Cosi will meet Max rabbit and they’ll be talking about the Brown Bunnies’ Best Books. Hop on over and meet them.

 

 

 

 

HOLIDAY READING – ANIMAL TALES

The Staring Owl

The Staring Owl, written and illustrated by Luke Edwards is a book that could be enjoyed by both kids and adults.

It’s an unusual, quirky story with a humour that children will engage with. And what adults won’t understand the dilemma of someone setting out to find the perfect career for their unique talents?

Owl has a problem. People seem to find his staring intimidating and ‘treated him like some kind of weirdo’. This doesn’t help Owl who is searching for his place in the world.

Owl considered joining the Air Force. Apparently, a great deal of eyeballing went on there.

Then he found out that only officers were allowed to stare. Owl didn’t fancy doing hundreds of pushups for staring back. He had the wrong physique for that kind of thing.

Owl tries out a succession of careers until he discovers the perfect one.

It’s hard to fit The Staring Owl into a book category. It’s kind of a picture book format, but in a smaller size which makes it easier to handle and slip into a travel bag.

The spot colour illustrations are quirky and striking, but still manage to reflect the world of half light in which owl lives.

This book will bring so many different things to different readers.

The Staring Owl is published by Omnibus.

The Fidgety Itch

Anyone who knows me will know that a book with a rabbit on the front is bound to attract my attention.

The Fidgety Itch written by Lucy Davey and illustrated by Katz Cowley is book full of really cute pictures and fun text like, “I’ll scratch your scritch”, which I’m sure readers will love.

There were so many things I enjoyed about this book, but one of my favourites was the unlikely group of friends and their very funny names. Tiny Timpkin, Feather McDoo and Possum Pie are just some of the characters you’ll meet in this colourful book.

The illustrations are hilarious and children are bound to have fun spotting the cause of the itch hiding craftily in every picture.

There’s also great use of language in this book and by the end of it I found myself scratching my nose.

I love the way all the animals help out by scratching one of their friend’s itches. But what do you do when you’re last in the scratching queue.

The Fidgety Itch is a fun read aloud book with plenty of humour and colour to keep kids engaged.

Willbee the Bumblebee

Willbee the Bumblebee has been written by mother and son team, Craig Smith and Maureen Thomson.

You can see Katz Crowley’s humour at work again in Willbee the Bumblebee, which is full of beautiful, hilarious illustrations.

Willbee has a story problem that little kids will relate to. He has managed to wreck the beautiful jumper knitted specially for him by his mother.

Willbee is lucky to have such good friends to work with him to try and solve his problem.

This book was originally written by Maureen and later adapted by Craig into rhyme and song, and it comes with its own CD with Craig on vocals, guitar and kazoo.

Willbee the Bumblebee is published by Scholastic.