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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 570L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (August 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763626724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763626723
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,456,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 2—Embellished only with the gold of "glittering stars," Cate's black-and-white drawings perfectly evoke an urban setting in this tale of lost and found. Street-performing magician Ray and his loyal assistant, a white rabbit, enjoy apartment life and working together. A mid-performance mishap with a juggler leads to a pug chasing Bunny into unknown parts of the city. Love of popcorn and a trail of familiar golden stars lead him to a touching reunion with his partner at the subway station. Cate's succinct text has a storyteller's style, and her elegant drawings have a New Yorker cartoon feel. The sole glitch hinges on the convenient appearance of stars in a distant alley. Readers may be expected to believe magic put them there, but neither text nor illustrations give clues for practical young readers. Nevertheless, this gracefully lean tale will please more than city dwellers.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
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About the Author

Annette LeBlanc Cate studied at the Art Institute of Boston and was the art director for the animated television series DR. KATZ, PROFESSIONAL THERAPIST. She lives in Pepperell, Massachusetts. This is her first picture book.

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It is A sad story with a great ending.
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I've read this book to many kids and have enjoyed it as much as they have!
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This is a nice little story with great illustrations.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Young readers (and adults, too) enjoy stories about friendship. Toss in a little magic, and it's sure to please. Such is the case with Annette LeBlanc Cate's touching story about two best friends, Ray and Bunny.

Not only are they best pals who live together and do everything together, but they're business partners. Ray is a magician and, of course, Bunny pops out of his hat.

All goes well until the day there is a ruckus on a crowded sidewalk, Bunny is frightened and runs off. Being lost in a big city is hard on anyone but it's especially difficult for a small white rabbit.

How the devoted duo are reunited is the crux of the story.

Illustrations are in black and white save for gold stars rather than the full-color full-page paintings that are so often the mark of a young readers' book. I found Cate's choice to be very effective.

Enjoy!

- Gail Cooke
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By Carol Jones on September 10, 2013
Format: Paperback
In this warm and fuzzy story, the rabbit isn't really magic at all; he's part of a magic act. Cate describes him and Ray, the magician, as business partners - and best friends. A mishap separates them and Bunny is all alone in the big city. The dangers are real: a dog, traffic, swarms of legs and feet, and then - darkness and lonliness. It begins to get a little scary (but not too scary.) Of course, there is a happy ending, and I love the way the last train of the night pulls away just as Ray and Bunny are hugging . . . "but two old friends never mind walking home together." Please visit [...] to read more reviews of books I recommend.
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I've read this book to many kids and have enjoyed it as much as they have! Annette LeBlanc Cate's drawing style is very similar to that of famed New Yorker magazine cartoonist, Roz Chast (mentioned for fans of The New Yorker cartoons in general, and Roz Chast fans in particular). The illustrations are wonderfully creative and very detailed -- there's something new to be discovered with every read. Kids really get a kick out of following the trail of bright yellow stars which appear on many of the book's pages and which are an important element of the storyline. Very tender story that will have everybody smiling in the end. :)
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I am a magician and do library summer reading program magic shows which encourage the kids to read and visit the library. Of course, as a magician, I do a trick or two that are 'bunny related'. I also display a number of books that go along with the tricks. I introduce The Magic Rabbit book prior to a 'magic rabbit' trick and tell the kids the wonderful story line. It always gets a great response. The Magic Rabbit can usually be found in their library and is checked out often. I bought mine from Amazon and highly recommed it.
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This is probably my favorite children's book. I bought it a while ago for myself (I collect children's books), and have since given it to countless friends with children. It's a really cute, sweet story about a magician and his rabbit (spoiler alert: they lose each other, and luckily reunite in the end) but I think my favorite part of the story is the illustrations - they are AMAZING! The whole book is done in black white and yellow sparkles. It's absolutely beautiful.
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By A. Daniel on September 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Just a response to the School Library Journal review's mention of the one
"glitch" in the book: a reference to the sudden appearance of the gold stars on the sidewalk. A careful look near one of the lamp posts on the page where text reads: "As the sunlight faded away, so did everyone else." will reveal how the stars got on the sidewalk!
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