Sunday, December 27, 2020

Review - The Little Rabbit

The Little Rabbit

by Nicola Killen
Date: 2019
Publisher: Simon Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: library

From beloved author/illustrator Nicola Killen comes an enchanting spring story about a magical friendship between a little girl and her stuffed rabbit who comes to life, lovingly told and illustrated in limited color with lovely foil and interactive die cut pages.

Ollie and her favorite friend bunny have been waiting for the rain to stop and spring to come, and at long last the sun arrives. Ollie puts on her rain boots, wraps bunny in a warm scarf, and the two set off for exploring. Then a sudden breeze whispers past and bunny’s nose twitches and their magical adventure begins…

The Little Rabbit is sure to enchant and charm young readers and is great for sharing with a friend.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

I didn't really like this one. It's about a little girl named Ollie who goes outside with her toy rabbit. A magical gust of wind turns the toy into a real rabbit, and it hops off to play. Ollie spends the rest of the book chasing it.

While the illustrations are cute, the story and writing leave something to be desired. The plot is very juvenile, and yet the story culminates with the child jumping out of a tree with an umbrella as a parachute (which is probably not behaviour you'd want your kids emulating).

While I appreciate the premise, I just didn't like this particular execution. Especially the part with the little girl jumping out of a tree.

Premise: 2/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 2/5
Illustrations: 3/5
Originality: 2/5

Enjoyment: 2/5

Overall: 2.17 out of 5

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