From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-When a little white rabbit leaves his burrow one gloriously sunny day, he see a looming black rabbit. Readers will understand that the figure is only his shadow, but the unknowing bunny runs, with Black Rabbit on his heels. He tries hiding behind a tree and swimming in a river, but the creature is still there, following him to the other side. Desperate, he runs into the deep, dark woods where he finally escapes the black rabbit. But another threat, a wolf, awaits him there, with "two eyes shining brightly," and Rabbit runs back out of the woods with Wolf close on his tail. Will the wolf devour him? Is Black Rabbit still out there, waiting for him? In this simple picture-book tale of light and shadows, the protagonist learns that what frightens us most may turn out to be our saving grace. It's a tad hair-raising at times but the ending will please. Leathers's rabbit is charming, traveling on two feet, with an exaggerated stuffed animal form that is endearing and reassuring.-C. J. Connor, Campbell County Public Library, Cold Spring, KYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
A little white rabbit can’t seem to ditch the hulking black rabbit following him. Kids will love being in on the joke here, as Black Rabbit is actually Rabbit’s shadow. Rabbit thinks he can lose his pursuer behind a tree, but as soon as he steps back out, there he is. Same deal when Rabbit takes a dip in the river—once he puts paw onshore, “The Black Rabbit climbed out of the water, too!” So our intrepid bunny runs into the “deep, dark wood,” where surely he’ll be safe. The two glowing eyes in the darkness, however, don’t belong to Black Rabbit but to a three-toothed wolf, and there’s only one thing able to shoo him away. Debut author-illustrator Leathers’ soft, textured watercolors are never very frightening (even the wolf is more dopey than fearsome), which makes this story—one that’s ultimately about friendship—ideal for the littlest kids. Befuddled animals are always adorable, and Rabbit, with his expressive ears and large eyes, is no exception. Preschool-Grade 1. --Ann Kelley