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Ribbit Rabbit Hardcover – February 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080272180X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802721808
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The rhythmic, onomatopoeic text is a pretty music, the kind of song you’d sing in the dark to lift your spirits. Equally joyful and engaging—and that’s a tall order—is Lowery’s artwork. It has a childlike, elemental tone, with neat planes of color, but it is wonderfully, touchingly emotive. Best of all, Frog and Bunny have the radiant good cheer of a sock monkey, a mingling of the ridiculous with the sublime for a spellbinding effect."—Kirkus Reviews

“This gentle examination of the ups and downs of friendship offers a thoughtful lesson on admitting error and seeking resolution, and listeners will applaud the twosome’s success in working through their problem.”—BCCB

"What makes Ryan’s text unique is its simplicity... This economy of language makes it ideal for reading aloud or for beginning readers. However, the illustrations marry well with the text, and fill in the narrative where the writing leaves it open."—School Library Journal

About the Author

Candace Ryan is also the author of Animal House. She spent nine years as a special education teacher and now lives in Southern California with her husband and young son.
www.bookbookerbookest.blogspot.com

Mike Lowery is an illustrator, fine artist, and graphic designer. He is the illustrator of Jo Nesbo's novel Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder, and is also a professor of illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design. He lives in Georgia.
www.argyleacademy.com

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Candace Ryan lives and works in a Los Angeles-based toy museum curated by her 5 year-old son. She tinkers with words when she can find her pen in a pile of robots and Japanese monsters.

As head of her department, Candace is in charge of cataloging and organizing the museum's extensive collection of owl, bat, and octopus toys. It's not as easy as it sounds, but it sure is rewarding.

In her dwindling free time, Candace prefers splitting infinitives over splitting atoms. Clunky puns give her a splitting headache. And she wishes there was some way to share a banana split with Dr. Seuss and Rene Magritte in a Japanese tea garden.

ANIMAL HOUSE is Candace's first picture book. Her second book, RIBBIT RABBIT, will be published in 2011 by Walker/Bloomsbury.

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It makes me smile to think that Candace's rather sophisticated wordplay is put through its paces in the seemingly humble context of a book for small children.
Kate Coombs
Its teaches a kids about sharing while the illustrations are so cute and fun!
Rachel Wilson

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Books That Heal Kids on March 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This has been a major hit in my kindergarten classes. It's got cool wording in it like wibbit wabbit, dip it, dab it, nip it, nab it, yip it, yap it........this is a book full of fun language for kids to wrap their brains around and maybe try and interpret what frog and bunny are trying to say to each other.

I thought this was going to be a fast read but I took time to focus on the conflict in bunny and frog's friendship. They love playing together but they sure don't like sharing things. That's a recipe for friendship disaster. A showdown over a robot causes a riff between them. But the robot won't work if they don't get over their sharing issues which they quickly realize as they sit alone. They also take a moment to think about each other (this is the part I care about). Feelings are more important than toys. So important for kids to learn this. Amends are made quite sweetly between them. I'm all for amends in books. Another perfect kindergarten social skills story on my shelf. Be sure to pull in a frog and a bunny puppet or if you can. Makes for a much more impactful lesson. I found a toy robot for kids to role play with also.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kate Coombs VINE VOICE on February 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Candace Ryan has a gift that makes for a particularly intriguing type of picture book--she's a master of wordplay. I'm guessing she's good at Scrabble, too!

In Ribbit Rabbit, the author uses a mere smattering of words to create an entire plot about two friends and their interactions. Here's how the story begins:

Frog and Bunny are BEST friends.
Ribbit Rabbit.
Rabbit Ribbit.

They go swimming together.
Ribbit Rabbit.
Dip it, dab it.

Amazingly, all of the pair's activities, including a quarrel-and-making up scenario, are then chronicled using the same rhyme pattern. I think my favorite phrase is what is said when they eat peanut butter sandwiches. And there's a whole subplot about a robot toy which leads to a couple of new sounds on the very last page...

Illustrator Mike Lowery has a refreshing new illustrative style that plays particularly well in this book made up entirely of non-white pages of various hues. The predominant colors are beige, blue, green, and a brown-orange shade. Lowery's figures are drawn quite simply, but their facial expressions manage to say a great deal, e.g., when Bunny is shown wrapping something, his brows furrowed and his little tongue sticking out with concentration.

I like the way Frog and Bunny engage in imaginative play, the kinds of things they fight over, and the earnest way they make up. The few sentences given in addition to the rhymed phrases are thoughtfully selected. The author has a particularly good way of explaining what happens when two friends quarrel--how fighting can start out small and grow bigger. "Until every big and little thing makes them fight." Then after Frog and Bunny have quarreled, we are told, "And they find themselves all alone.
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By Debnance at Readerbuzz on December 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A frog and a rabbit are best friends, until they begin to fight. First they fight over small things and then they fight over big things and then they fight over everything.

The charm in this little story lies in the sound of the words in this little story. Rhyme-y without being sappy-sweet-rhyme-y. And truly charming.

"Frog and Bunny
are best friends.

RIBBIT RABBIT.
RABBIT RIBBIT.

They go swimming
together.
RIBBIT RABBIT.
DIP IT, DAB IT."
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By Rachel Wilson on July 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My daughter, 2 years can't get enough of this book. Its teaches a kids about sharing while the illustrations are so cute and fun!
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By Andals on July 22, 2014
Format: Hardcover
We read this book every night. My 2-year old tells me the story as we go along. He thinks Bunny and Frog are so funny and laughs at the things they do. It's also a great book about sharing and what happens when you fight over a toy.
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