From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1—When Brown Rabbit travels by bus to the city for a highly anticipated visit with his friend Little Rabbit, things are spoiled by her busy schedule. "They went across busy streets, and in and out of many shops.... Brown Rabbit stopped to catch his breath and brush the dust from his ears. 'Hurry up!' called Little Rabbit." In the end, all is well as her exhausted and sad guest explains that he came to see her, not the city, and suggests that they spend the rest of the time together. This is an appealing treatment of a problem seldom addressed in children's books. The fact that Brown Rabbit's difficulty is with a friend, not a parent, is a nicely indirect approach, lessening the emotional intensity it might otherwise have. The smooth writing reads well aloud, and the charming illustrations add a gentle touch. Done with the process of screen printing, their soft colors and light, expressive lines expertly convey the feelings behind the story. A thoughtful and interesting choice.—Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
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At the conclusion of Moon Rabbit (2009), Little Rabbit had returned to the city, leaving behind her beloved country friend, Brown Rabbit. But a visit was promised and here it is. Brown Rabbit, brandishing a bouquet of flowers, takes the bus into the metropolis, where sophisticated Little Rabbit, clutching her pink purse, commences a whirlwind tour: her favorite café, a skyscraper, the coolest art gallery, the whooshing underground subway. It's all pretty exciting, but Little Rabbit fails to notice how tired her companion has become. While she dances away at a nightclub, Brown Rabbit slips away to get something to eat, and only a late-night reconciliation brings the two together once more. Despite the use of the phrase “best friend,” this feels even more like a romance than the first one, but that doesn't take away from the sweet tone or the screenprint-style art, which works in the muted palette and patterned flourishes of fancy wedding invitations. The tender conclusion mirrors the first book with its evening serenade—complete with that iconic moon. Preschool-Grade 1. --Daniel Kraus
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