Some things in life are too big. Some are too small. And the best things are just right. In this appealing picture book by the author of Cinder-Elly
and Sleepless Beauty
, opposites are explored in the context of friendship. Two bunny buddies shop for bikes (one's way too big, another is too small, and the last one, a tandem, is just right), go dancing (with partners too short and too tall until they find each other again--just right!), and experience nightlife in a tent (too dark, too bright, just right). Seems they never get it right until they team up--just like the best friendships.
Young readers will be tickled by the humorous details in each vignette, especially the faithful little mouse that accompanies the pink and yellow rabbits on all their excursions. Frances Minters's simple, repetitive text, illustrated with Janie Bynum's smiley watercolor rabbits and elephants and pigs and bears, is just right. (Ages 2 to 5) --Emilie Coulter
From Publishers Weekly
Opposites may attract, but they also prove to be humorous obstacles for a bunny couple and their mouse friend. When Bynum's (Altoona Baboona) winsome watercolor-and-ink drawings show the pair out dancing, for instance, the male bunny discovers that his mouse pal makes "too short" a partner, while the female bunny struggles with a "too tall" giraffe. In another spread, the bow tie-clad bunny goes entirely "too fast" on his roller skates to suit his sidekick, who nearly loses her purse and pearls, while he thinks her attempt to skate gingerly alongside a guardrail is "too slow." But each of Minters's (Cinder-Elly) comical encounters does resolve happily: the rabbits discover what is "just right" just by being together, whether it's swinging on the dance floor or skating away in an embrace, their diminutive buddy in tow. Ages 2-5. (Mar.)
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