From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3–A sweet look at two friends who explore their differences. Frank, a bear, is quiet, shy, and ultra-organized, while spontaneous Izzy, a rabbit, loves adventure and exploration. Their sailing trip to Crescent Island for an overnight camping excursion is a bit more than they bargain for, with Izzy getting injured and timid Frank having to take the lead, but the two realize that they are a good team. The gouache resist artwork captures the characters' personalities to a tee and the gorgeous landscapes depict an appealing outdoor experience despite the minor mishaps. While the quiet text may prove too lengthy for group sharing, the colorful art is full of charming details that are perfect for poring over.–Andrea Tarr, Corona Public Library, CA
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PreS-Gr. 1. There's a fine tradition of picture books about friends who are opposites, and this fits nicely in that niche. Frank's a stolid bear, happy to stay home and play the ukulele. Izzy, a rabbit, likes adventure, and though Frank at first demurs, he finally accompanies her on a sailing jaunt and an overnight campout--though not before packing practically all he owns. The camping trip is fraught with noises and near misses, and Izzy hurts her paw. But Frank has brought bandages and steps up to get them home when she can't handle the tiller. In the end, both of them come to a new appreciation of the other's strengths, and the underlying message about trying new things (or trying to be more conservative in one's actions) comes across subtly. Using gouache resist as her medium, Kvasnosky creates spreads or encircled vignettes to capture the friendship as well as the scenic pleasures of being on the water and camping out. With simply drawn figures and everything outlined in black, the pictures neatly reflect children's artwork. Ilene CooperCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved