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My Friend Rabbit

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,072 Ratings  ·  793 Reviews
When Mouse lets his best friend, Rabbit, play with his brand-new airplane, trouble isn't far behind. From Caldecott Honor award winner Eric Rohmann comes a brand-new picture book about friends and toys and trouble, illustrated in robust, expressive prints.

My Friend Rabbit is the winner of the 2003 Caldecott Medal.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 6th 2007 by Square Fish (first published January 1st 2002)
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Caldecott Medal Winners
36th out of 80 books — 356 voters
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Now I will admit. I never knew that there was a TV series based on this book until just recently (I guess it is because I just read this book recently). But despite not knowing about that, “My Friend Rabbit” is a children’s book that is written and illustrated by Eric Rohmann and it has won the Caldecott Medal award and this is seriously one children’s book that I had enjoyed immensely!

Mouse’s best friend is Rabbit and they usually play together, especially with Mouse’s special toy airplane. Unf
Jun 25, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
My kids thought this was - to put it in their words - fantastic. The pictures are beautifully illustrated and kept all my children interested until the end. Not a lot of words, not even a level 1 reader, however, it has more than enough content as a story to entertain. I can understand why this is a Caldecott winner as well. Two thumbs up from our family.
Apr 19, 2016 June rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: parents, librarians, & teachers
One of my favorite books for story time. I use it for both a spring rabbit program and a fall friendship program. 9/1/11

Got oohs today when I turned the book to show the animals all piled on top of each other. 5/12

A couple boys were very taken with the airplane, and everyone had a lot of fun identifying the animals.9/12/12

Had a boy playing with the toy school bus, so I recruited him for my PJ Story Time. I think this book held him the best.

Also used for story time and got some oohs. This is real
Rachel King
Jun 02, 2015 Rachel King rated it really liked it
This book had wonderful illustrations. I took an art class all four year of high school, and the illustrations in this book have very bold colors. All of the illustrations seem to have extremely chunky or thick lines. They also seem to be very detailed. Another factor that I enjoyed about the illustrations in this book was that all the lines were filled it. I don't like illustrations that lack color or that look like they have barely been covered. I gave this book 4 stars mainly for the illustra ...more
Eric Mcweeny
Sep 03, 2012 Eric Mcweeny rated it it was amazing
A classic story about friendship that anyone of any age will enjoy. The story is about a mouse and his best friend, the rabbit. The mouse is always being pulled into crazy situations by the rabbit who always has another "idea". With every turn of the page, there is another funny moment of the rabbit getting the mouse into trouble. The mouse sticks by the rabbits side even if sometimes he gets mad at him. The story ends with a great message about friendship when the mouse says, "But Rabbit means ...more
Oct 20, 2008 Lara's rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Parents & children 3yrs to 6yrs.
Shelves: picture-books
Synopsis : Every child who's ever had someone slightly bigger or slightly older over to play will recognize this story about toys, trouble and friendship.
Review : Oh, it's a beautiful new toy that mouse has! Mouse's good friend Rabbit celebrates with him the joy and excitement in the new device. But, as sometimes happens, things go a bit awry and the airplane gets stuck in a very tall tree. Alas, Rabbit is there to fix the problem and brings in a wonderful selection of animals to help. The you
N_patricia Brunner
Oct 03, 2010 N_patricia Brunner rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Have you ever had a friend who always seems to have trouble following him wherever he goes? This is the delightful story of: My Friend Rabbit. Mouse, the narrator, begins the story by allowing his friend Rabbit to play with his toy airplane and soon there is a problem. The airplane gets stuck in a tree and Rabbit has a creative solution of getting the plane untangled from the tree branches. He pulls and drags several huge animals, including an elephant, rhino, hippo, moose, alligator, brown bea ...more
Oct 01, 2010 Jessica rated it it was amazing
My Friend Rabbit offers children a way to create their own text to the story. While the book does have some text, it allows children to detail the events with their own imagination on the pages that do not have text. The illustrations speak for themselves in this Caldecott Award winning book. Rabbit, Mouse’s best friend, is always getting into trouble no matter what he does. As the book states, he does mean well. I could imagine a young reader hearing this story and laughing along at the picture ...more
Feb 18, 2012 Barbara rated it really liked it
Perhaps the beauty in this picture book story is the universality of the experiences shared by Mouse and Rabbit. Because Mouse loves his friend, he puts up with him, even when he causes trouble. Although Rabbit means well, his solutions to problems often lead to even more problems, and nothing ever goes as he plans. Young and older readers can relate to the story because so many of them have friends just like Rabbit. This simply told tale has a timeless quality about it, and the hand-colored rel ...more
Evan Taylor
Have you ever felt like trouble follows you around like your shadow? If so, you can closely relate with Rabbit from Eric Rohmann’s My Friend Rabbit, which speaks of rabbit and how his helpfulness is often turned into harmfulness for himself and those around him, especially his friend Mouse. In My Friend Rabbit, Mouse has a brand new, shiny red and yellow airplane that he shows Rabbit. Rabbitt is amazed by the plane and asks Mouse to play with it, but the plane ends up stuck in a tree after Rabbi ...more
Sep 05, 2015 Jess rated it really liked it
Picture book
For toddler-early elementary

Rabbit means well, but is always getting himself and Mouse into trouble. Rabbit tries to rescue Mouse's plane from a tree using a variety of animals.

The premise of the book is simple, and has certainly been done before in the world of picture books. At first, it seems that Rabbit will try one animal after another to get Mouse's plane out of the tree, but instead he piles these strangely compliant beasts into an improbable tower. In the end, it's the combin
Amy Holliday
May 14, 2008 Amy Holliday rated it it was amazing
Comments on the Story:
The story itself is also very entertaining and just generally fun. The story is something that could be told using flannel board where children could stack up all the animals and let them fall down and crash the tree into the plane. I even think that this story could just be told to children without a flannel or book because it would be fun for the children to use their imagination to see the animals getting stacked up and wonder…oh, I hope they don’t fall down!

Oct 07, 2009 Bernice rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The friendship of rabbit and mouse is entwined with the trouble that comes along when rabbit has an idea. This picture book uses minimal words and leaves the illustrations to lead the reader to what is occurring. Almost considered a wordless book, we are able to follow the trouble that stirs as rabbit tries to reach a toy plane that has landed in a tree. She stacks animals one on top of the other just barely reaching the toy plane. As a reader may predict, all the animals come toppling down. The ...more
(NS) Laura Jackson
Oct 06, 2009 (NS) Laura Jackson rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is a wonderful story about friendship. Mouse and Rabbit are great friends even though trouble always seems to follow Rabbit. As mouse and Rabbit are playing with a toy plane, it gets stuck high up in a tree. Rabbit tries to solve the problem by getting other animals to help, but his single problem soon turns into a larger problem. The story represents a true friendship between two animals. I think this book would be great in the classroom to teach about friendship and loyalty. I think child ...more
May 04, 2011 Candice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sophie
Shelves: picture-books
There aren't many words in this book, but not many are needed to tell the story of Mouse and his friend Rabbit who means well, but is always getting into trouble. Rabbit launches Mouse in his airplane, Mouse falls out, unhurt, and the airplane lands in a tree. "Not to worry, Mouse. I've got an idea!" I suppose those are words you don't like to hear from a trouble-prone friend like Rabbit. Rabbit's idea is illustrated wordlessly on the next several pages. He pushes, pulls, prods, and carries an a ...more
L-Angelica Herrera-Vest
I enjoyed, Erick Rohmann's Caldecott Award Winner, My Friend Rabbit, is a story about a special friendship between a mouse and a rabbit. I enjoyed it because it can be used to teach students about differences in people and how to be accepting. The rabbit in the story no matter how much he tries can never do the right thing. His true friend is always forgiving. Eric Rohmann illustrates the story using expressive hand-colored relief’s prints. The dark outlines around the characters give them a sp ...more
Apr 23, 2008 Talia rated it liked it
We’ve all had friends who we love dearly despite their flaws, and Rabbit is no exception. In My Friend Rabbit, Eric Rohmann’s 2003 Caldecott winner, we are introduced to Rabbit, a hapless friend who has imperfect problem-solving skills (and surprising upper-body strength). When Rabbit gets his friend Mouse’s new airplane stuck in a tree, he has an idea for retrieving it, although it probably does not go the way he planned. Soft, yet vibrant illustrations accompany the limited text, allowing chil ...more
Charli Greene
This story is about a rabbit that always seems to be getting into trouble. Rabbit starts out by playing with a toy plane with his friend, a mouse. Rabbit ends up getting the plane stuck in a tree and needs the helps of other animals to reach it so that he can get the toy plane back. Rabbit stacks animals from all different sizes from an elephant all the way to the to the size of a squirrel and climbs up, hoping to reach the plane. Unfortunately, the animals come crashing down and the animals wer ...more
Morgan Logan
Mar 14, 2016 Morgan Logan rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
As I was reading My Friend Rabbit, by Eric Rohmann, I was very attracted to the illustrations. The illustrations were bold and caught my attention. This book contains a small amount of text, so the illustrations played an important role to tell story as well. This book is about a rabbit and a mouse who are very good friends. The rabbit is constantly making mistakes and causing trouble, but the mouse is always there for him. The illustrations keep the reader on their feet and keep them wondering ...more
Virginia Urban
Feb 10, 2016 Virginia Urban rated it really liked it
I loved this little book. The illustrations were absolutely fabulous and depicted emotion and humor so clearly. The facial expressions of all of the animals were priceless. I really liked that this book was written as a semi-wordless picture book because I feel as if it ignites the child's imagination. On some of the pages there are no words, so the child is lead to use his or her imagination to create his or her own interpretation of what is happening in the story. Also, I loved that all of the ...more
Maria Estrada
Feb 07, 2016 Maria Estrada rated it it was amazing
My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann is a short picture book but it is amazing and it gives a message to children about friendship. This book is about a mouse and a rabbit; they are friends but rabbit seems to bring trouble all the time. The story starts off with the mouse letting the rabbit borrow his brand-new airplane. The rabbit gets it stuck on the tree and plans ways to get it but all the rabbit seems to get is trouble.

This is a great picture book because the illustrations tell the story rath
Emily Egbers
Feb 07, 2016 Emily Egbers rated it really liked it
This is a fanciful picture storybook that won a Caldecott Medal in 2003. There are very few words in this book and it is mostly told through the wonderful illustrations. The illustrations are very detailed and hand drawn. Each object is outlined in very thick lines and is filled with vibrant bold colors. The pages also contain a thick black boarder. This book is about two friends and a toy airplane that ends up leading to a lot of trouble between the two. Rabbit resembles the friend that many pe ...more
Feb 04, 2016 Kendra rated it really liked it
My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann is an exceptional book that allows children to really use their imaginations. Most people have had that friend who seems to mess up everything, despite his or her best intentions. This experience make relating to the narrator, whose best friend Rabbit seems to bring trouble along with him wherever he goes, such a fun experience for children. The linear, straight-line plot is easy for young readers to understand. The book features very little text, and is told pri ...more
Nicole Salem
Jan 30, 2016 Nicole Salem rated it really liked it
Summary: The mouse had lent the rabbit his airplane to play with. The rabbit threw the plane with the mouse in it but the plane got trapped in a tree branch. Even though the rabbit was always in trouble, he tried to fix it. He started bringing and piling up animals like a rhinoceros, a hippopotamus, an elephant, a deer, an alligator, a bear, a duck and little chickens, but the plane was just in reach. So the rabbit climbed on top of the animals and help the squirrel up, which held the mouse. The ...more
Jan 28, 2016 Lauren rated it liked it
My Friend Rabbit is about a rabbit and a Mouse who are best friends. The mouse describes the rabbit and how he is constantly getting into trouble. The rabbit then gets his toy airplane stuck in a tree. He has this bright idea to get the airplane out by rounded up a bunch of large animals and stacking them on top of each other to reach the top of the tree. He has his mouse friend to reach the top and right when he grabs ahold of it, all of the animals fall down. All of the other animals were ang ...more
Sam Forshaw
Jan 27, 2016 Sam Forshaw rated it really liked it
Summary: A rabbit and a mouse are best friends. Somehow, Rabbit always seems to get into trouble. Rabbit puts Mouse in a toy airplane and sends it off into the sky. Mouse falls out and the plane gets stuck in a tree, but Rabbit has an idea to get it down. He finds lots of animal friends, such as Elephant and Hippo to stack on top of each other. He can almost reach the airplane. He gets Squirrel, but then they all fall! Luckily, Mouse grabbed the plane. However, all of the other animals were not ...more
Lauren Grosch
Jan 25, 2016 Lauren Grosch rated it it was amazing
I really liked reading My Friend Rabbit. The story is told through the perspective of Mouse, the Rabbit's friend. The book starts off saying that Rabbit means well but he always gets in trouble. He gets his toy airplane stuck in a tree and they can't reach it. Rabbit says he has an idea and gets all the other animals to help them out. When they're reaching for the tree, the tower of animals all falls down but Mouse ends up in the plane. Rabbit grabs on and covers Mouses eyes while he's flying an ...more
Andrew Upchurch
Dec 06, 2015 Andrew Upchurch rated it really liked it
Shelves: animal-books, fiction
This is another picture book with very little words. The book is about a rabbit that has trouble follow him everywhere he goes. The rabbit is trying to help a mouse that got his plane stuck from out of a tree. First he goes and grabs all the big animals he can trying to make a really tall pile of animals so he can climb up them and go grab the plane. The rabbit grabs an elephant a hippo, an alligator, a bear, a dear and a bunch more animals. All of the sudden all the animals fall and come tumbli ...more
Dec 02, 2015 Nora rated it it was amazing
Shelves: caldecotts
My Friend Rabbit is a story about a rabbit who can’t help but get into trouble wherever he goes, told from the perspective of his friend Mouse, who loves him anyways. Rabbit and Mouse are playing with a toy plane, which Rabbit accidentally flies into a tree. Rabbit grabs a bunch of other, bigger animals, and piles them on top of each other, climbing them to get to the plane in the tree. They all topple over, and are upset with Rabbit, but Mouse loves his friend even through he’s always getting i ...more
Sep 24, 2015 Annie rated it really liked it
'My Friend Rabbit,' written and illustrated by Eric Rohmann, tells a story of a mouse's friend, Rabbit, that brings trouble with him wherever he goes. Rabbit is throwing Mouse in a model airplane into the air, which they Rabbit then gets stuck in a tree. Rabbit then has the bright idea of piling animal on top of animal to reach the model airplane, which then causes all the animals to fall and be unhappy with Rabbit. Mouse still forgives Rabbit for the poor decision to pile the animals up because ...more
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Eric Rohmann won the Caldecott Medal for My Friend Rabbit, and a Caldecott Honor for Time Flies. He is also the author and illustrator of Bone Dog, Clara and Asha, A Kitten Tale, and The Cinder-Eyed Cats, among other books for children. He has illustrated many other books, including Last Song, based on a poem by James Guthrie, and has created book jackets for a number of novels, including His Dark ...more
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