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Little Bunny on the Move (An Owlet Book) Paperback – March 1, 2003
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About the Author
Peter McCarty is the author and illustrator of T Is for Terrible, Baby Steps, and Hondo and Fabian, for which he won a Caldecott Honor. He lives with his wife and two children in Upstate New York.
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From the first page the reader discovers a different kind of paper: its feel, its look, and how the illustrations appear on this special paper. A note informs that the illustrations were created by pencils and watercolor on watercolor paper, thus revealing these almost sepia-toned colorings. More than that, they look luminescent, pearlescent, magical.
On each page little bunny appears soft and glowing, like something impermanent, and so he is--he is "on the move/ from here to there." Each thing he passes has more solidity and detail, even though they are softly presented with muted colors. The leaves on one page are deftly defined with their ghostly upper color and their copper-tipped ends--quietly and rustly beautiful. He passes through a shimmering fence like an oasis--it is there, and now it isn't.
A softly-painted little girl tries to befriend our little bunny, but, no, "this bunny would not stay." Finally, the bunny shows us why he cannot stay: "You see, I have a home." And so he does. All children know this: What a joy to arrive home. Home.
A brilliantly illustrated and written picturebook for young children. The drawings, made from watercolor and colored pencil, are among the most striking and visually appealing I have ever seen in a children's book. This book may likely become a collector's item for its simple but genuine story and superb illustrations.
While the story itself is good, it is the luminous illustrations that elevate this book beyond the horde of mundane children's fare out there in the marketplace. McCarty's monochromatic drawings look remarkably like infrared photographs - everything seems to glow with life. The softness in the illustrations makes them seem as if they floated out of a lush dream. And that little bunny is just as cute as cute gets, too.
Endearing and beautiful. A worthy addition to any child's library.