*Starred Review* In a bunny-themed picture book that will prove useful year-round, various elements work together to amplify suspense about a rampaging rabbit: “Big Bad Bunny has long sharp claws. Scritch! Scritch! Scritch!” Shifting from a bold, dramatic typeface to a traditional font, the narrative notes that “in the Mouse House, everything is quiet”; a delicate inset image shows oblivious Mama Mouse tucking in her brood. Suddenly she discovers that Baby Boo-Boo has disappeared. Her desperate search ultimately reveals that mouse and bunny are one and the same, paving the way to tender good-nights. Readers who know Billingsley’s middle-grade fantasies will recognize her delight in language in her first picture book, which features plenty of repetition and onomatopoeia. Karas deftly keeps the monster’s true identity under wraps until the right moment, and his mostly pastel palette and scribbly, nearly silly depictions will raise as many goose pimples as young children can bear. Characters who lose themselves in pretend play appear in many picture books, but this stellar read-aloud offers some fresh new tricks. Preschool-Grade 2. --Jennifer Mattson
G. Brian Karas has illustrated many children’s books, including Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! And Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Hide! by Candace Fleming; Incredible Me by Kathi Appelt; and the High-Rise Private Eyes series by Cynthia Rylant.
It is fun to read at bedtime and my daughter loves the story. It is a great book and I highly recommend it.Published 13 months ago by Maddie's mom
Ihave to confess that I enjoyed reading this more than the one year old I bought it for. I loved the theatrics and I suspectthat by the time she is 3 she will enjoy it more. Read morePublished on August 23, 2009 by Charlene Smith
We love this book! Highly reccomend it for the child who loves to use their imagination!Published on June 14, 2008 by Traci C. Nelson