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Brown Rabbit in the City Hardcover – May 13, 2010
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The story's a good one, too: Brown Rabbit's off to the city to meet with his friend Little Rabbit, but ends up getting a little lost in the shuffle. Russell does a good job of communicating the urban hustle and bustle in her artwork, and the story's structure builds naturally to a resolution that I found touching and cute.
This was the first Natalie Russell book that I bought, but on the strength of it I've ordered MOON RABBIT and bought a copy to give as a gift. Russell's art just has the "something" that appeals to both toddlers and adults, and I'm looking forward to seeing more of it.
"Moon Rabbit" is a lovely book where a little white city rabbit, Little Rabbit, is lonely until she finds a friend, Brown Rabbit, who lives in a park outside the city where she (Little Rabbit) lives. The two rabbits have a great time together but eventually Little Rabbit misses the city and goes home--but she is no longer lonely because she now has Brown Rabbit as her friend and he is going to come visit her the next day.
In "Brown Rabbit in the city" Brown Rabbit comes to visit Little Rabbit in the city and gets worn out because Little Rabbit runs him ragged trying to show him everything there is to do in the city. It all works out though--Little Rabbit figures out her mistake and they spend a quiet afternoon at a city park enjoying each others' company.
To me "Brown Rabbit" is a bit preachy compared to "Moon Rabbit" and it bothers me that the two friends have to return to a park to enjoy each others' company; but my toddler really enjoys the drama of Brown Rabbit's distress followed by the happy resolution.
The illustrative style is very calm and quietly beautiful--it's well represented on the cover: that style and color pallet are used throughout.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has "Moon Rabbit" (which my toddler also loves), but I'd be less likely to recommend it as a stand-alone.
Brown Rabbit in the City is probably ninety-eight percent as amazing as Moon Rabbit. That's not so bad. After all, da Vinci followed up The Last Supper with the Mona Lisa.
Sweet story, but not Saccharin sweet. Soothing, emotive artwork. My only tiny complaint is that those whimsical musical notes are missing from the last two-page spread. (Compare with Moon Rabbit.) The pages here are smoother, and ever so slightly thinner, than in Moon Rabbit. This was printed in Belgium, while the first was printed in Malaysia.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Moon Rabbit and Brown Rabbit in the City- best two books for my kids! Love these sweet stories and wonderful artwork!Published 16 months ago by 3s not a crowd
This book was written by a lady I know personally. I buy her books for my grandkids who simply love them.Published on July 21, 2013 by Eugenia B. Zarate
This is a great book. The illustrations are lovely and the message is really a good one. My 2 year old daughter likes it a lot.Published on May 11, 2013 by Abigail C Wuest