From Publishers Weekly
A diminutive rabbit by the name of Jack Carrot can't understand why everyone insists on calling him "Little Bunny." His kindly grandfather explains that it is just part of being a cute little rabbit and that when he is older, people will just call him Jack. Time passes. Bigger, but not big enough, the bunny comes to long for power and mastery to compensate for his size. He is determined to develop the reputation of a rascal, which will gain him the recognition he craves. How he pursues his goals, winds up in jail, meets an even smaller bunny named Jim Radish and escapes to a new home in a mountain hideout is only the outline of this tale. In Solotareff's scratchy drawings, readers will find his tender regard for small creatures in full evidence: the depictions of the miniscule Jack on skis, holding up a bank or weeping forlornly in a prison cell are fraught with both pathos and hilarity. The creator's ability to present situations that are at once humorous and poignant is a welcome gift. Ages 3-up.
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2-- Jack Carrot, the fiesty "little bunny" of the title, spends a lot of time trying to avoid that very nickname. He decides the solution is to be a "rascally rabbit," an effort which escalates into an effort to rob a bank (he is armed with "a real pistol, a bow and arrows, a very pointy dagger, and a sword"). His escape is foiled by the police and, while incarcerated, he meets another rabbit, Jim Radish, who helps him to tunnel out and escape to Jack's grandfather, where, according to Solotareff, they are still hiding out. All this is illustrated in Solotareff's distinctive style, in which figures are heavily outlined against a white background, their proportions often exaggerated. The design of each illustration (which is either a full page or a double-page spread) uses interesting and sometimes distorted perspective. Solotareff adds details to his pictures which integrate into or comment interestingly on the text; for example, Jack spends much of his time on skis, never mentioned in the story, a detail which provides a diverting touch which matches the deadpan humor of the moderately witty text. Unfortunately, the story seems to trail off after Jack's capture, leaving readers to enjoy this picture book's style much more than its content. In short, an interesting disappointment. --Christine Behrmann, New York Public Library
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