When Willa the rabbit wakes up early one morning, she pulls on her jumpsuit ("this way... and that way... until it was right.") and chicken slippers, and heads downstairs for breakfast. Unfortunately, she can't reach. Big brother Willoughby to the rescue! After waking her brother, Willa plies him with questions about getting big. Willoughby replies with exactly the kind of answers a toddler needs: "You'll be able to brush your own teeth without any help... And when you're really big, nearly as big as I'll be, you might be able to reach the moon in a rocket!" It's only when Willoughby informs his little sister that she'll be too big for toys that the pleasant future-fantasizing screeches to a halt. "I don't ever want to be big," Willa says. Fortunately, Willoughby is thoughtful enough to know when to turn the reins over to someone older, wiser, and infinitely comforting: Mom.
In this sequel to the endearing Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go to Sleep Joyce Dunbar and Debi Gliori bring back this cuddly pair of siblings for another reassuring tale about childhood worries. Gliori's colorful illustrations are a veritable patchwork quilt of patterns and cozy objects. (Ages 3 to 7) --Emilie Coulter
From Publishers Weekly
Willa and Willoughby, the sweet floppy-eared rabbit siblings from Tell Me Something Before I Go to Sleep, here explore the advantages and disadvantages of growing up. Very early one morning, Willa rouses her brother to make her breakfast, because "I can't reach." At Willa's urging, Willoughby shows her all the things he can do around their cheery, vibrantly colored home because he's big: from washing the carrot-motif dishes to taking a shower solo. It all sounds very promising to Willa, until she asks, "Will I have to tidy my own toys?" and Willoughby responds with authentic older-brother bluntness, "You'll be too big for toys." Gliori depicts Willa's dawning understanding with a painting of her staring out the window into a monochromatic landscape as she contemplates being "in the world all by myself." Fortunately, Willoughby quickly devises a cure: the final scene, literally from a bird's-eye view, shows brother and sister secure in their mother's embrace under an expansive patchwork quilt. A moving tribute to the sibling ties that bind. Ages 3-7. (Sept.)
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