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The Black Rabbit
by Philippa Leathers

Overview - In this clever picture book, a debut author-illustrator introduces a plucky rabbit and the new companion that he just can't shake.
Rabbit has a problem. There's a large black rabbit chasing him. No matter where he runs -- behind a tree, over the river -- the shadowy rabbit follows.
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Overview
In this clever picture book, a debut author-illustrator introduces a plucky rabbit and the new companion that he just can't shake.
Rabbit has a problem. There's a large black rabbit chasing him. No matter where he runs -- behind a tree, over the river -- the shadowy rabbit follows. Finally in the deep, dark wood, Rabbit loses his nemesis -- only to encounter a real foe Kids who like to be in on the secret will revel in this humorous look at shadows and friendship, brought to light by a talented animator.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780763657147
  • ISBN-10: 076365714X
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
  • Publish Date: January 2013
  • Page Count: 40
  • Reading Level: Ages 3-6

Series: Junior Library Guild Selection

Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Humorous Stories
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Issues - Friendship
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Rabbits

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2012-11-26
  • Reviewer: Staff

One sunny day, a tiny white rabbit notices a gigantic and strangely quiet black rabbit by his side. No matter where he goes, “the Black Rabbit was right behind him.” Readers will immediately recognize the Black Rabbit as a shadow, yet its “pursuit” prompts the white bunny to take cover in “the deep, dark wood”—a poor course of action. Having evaded his silhouette, the bunny now faces “two eyes shining brightly in the dark.” He hurries back into sunlit fields, pursued by a slavering wolf, and braces for an attack that never comes; the Black Rabbit reappears and sends the predator scurrying. Leathers, an animator/illustrator making her children’s book debut, creates uncomplicated watercolor spreads that balance the ominous presence of the Black Rabbit with humor had at the white rabbit’s expense. Her bipedal, kawaii-influenced white bunny has an oversize head and petite body, and her snaggly-fanged, shaggy, and slant-eyed wolf recalls Lauren Child’s caricatures. Images of the long-eared shadow against river reeds and hedges lend an unsettling touch to a lightly funny, lightly creepy story. Ages 3–6. Agent: Kirsten Hall, the Bright Agency. (Jan.)

 
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