I loved this book. Thank you to Goodreads friend Terri Lynn for alerting me to it. I’m not sure I’d have found it otherwise, at least not in the near...moreI loved this book. Thank you to Goodreads friend Terri Lynn for alerting me to it. I’m not sure I’d have found it otherwise, at least not in the near future.
The illustrations are special. They’re beautiful and interesting, and some are very amusing. I love how they take up entire pages, and how the text/story is placed over the pictures. The expressiveness of Rabbit and Owl are priceless.
The story is wonderful too, and has a moral about getting along with one another and being considerate of one another, and not trying to best one another. The ending is sweet but maybe a bit too quixotic. It worked for me though, and I think it will appeal to most readers. The story is a hoot. It’s so silly and fun. It gets crazier and crazier for a while, it’s a wonderful friendship story, and I think most readers/listeners will really love it. This story makes for a really great read aloud story.
And Rabbit’s vegetables got me feeling very hungry for identical ones.
4 ½ stars
I’m off to check out other books by this author-illustrator!(less)
This book is a combination fiction and non-fiction account. It’s very cute. The structure is a cat educates kittens new to a household about cats, abo...moreThis book is a combination fiction and non-fiction account. It’s very cute. The structure is a cat educates kittens new to a household about cats, about humans and how to act and “get along” with them, about cats in history, etc.. It’s actually a book for humans to understand and get along with cats, and cat lovers will recognize many cat behaviors here. It’s all kind of tongue in cheek but there are a lot of facts here too.
Parts are hilarious, as are many of the illustrations. I enjoyed the pictures, particularly those in the history timeline and the ones of wild cats.
Given that cats are carnivores, I was fine with all the mentions of various meats as food, though really did veal have to be included?!
This is a fun book for cat lovers and would be an excellent book to read to kids who are about to have a cat added as a family member. I smiled a lot and chuckled a couple times as I read this book.
It might be better for school aged kids who are independent readers. It is text heavy and contains many words and things to read within the illustrations.(less)
This story is incredibly mournful and poignant. I was near tears throughout this book; I would have been as deeply affected when I was a child. It rem...moreThis story is incredibly mournful and poignant. I was near tears throughout this book; I would have been as deeply affected when I was a child. It reminded me so much of the short children’s novel The Hundred Dresses, which touched me deeply as an elementary school student. Maybe it’s because I just read this picture book, but at the moment it feels like an even more powerful story to me.
I do wish the teacher had done the kindness exercise earlier, preferably immediately noticing what was happening with her newest pupil. And I like to think things are better now than when I was young, but I know in many cases they’re not, and in some cases they’re even worse. This is a powerful story because I know how realistic it is. Unfortunately.
Very sensitive children might feel devastated by this book so I’d like to think parents, teachers, and other older children and adults will be there for support, and to listen and to discuss any feelings and thoughts that come up. I think most readers will be pensive after reading this; I certainly am. I like that the story is told first person by a girl who is not perfect, who ends up having regrets.
I think the conversations that can happen when a bunch of kids have read the story, or had it read to them, could be really helpful and lead children to behave more kindly to everyone. So, I highly recommend it to everybody 5 and up. I think it’s a great book to read at the beginning of a school year or immediately before any activity where children will be meeting new children, particularly if there will be any children different in some way from them. I also recommend it to all adults who have contact of various sorts with children. I’m hopeful they can use it to become more aware and encourage kindness in the children they know. Individuals a part of groups behave differently than individuals on their own, so this kind of awareness is particularly helpful when relating with groups of children.
Sad! Sad! Sad! But it can be more inspiring than depressing so I don’t want to scare off any potential reader.
The illustrations are outstanding. They wonderfully capture the children and their expressiveness, and the various settings, including the beauty of the natural world. The pictures are lovely and really add to the story.(less)
I love the earlier book Diary of a Wombat and recently read French’s non-fiction book about wombats, which was just okay for me. So, wit...moreDisappointing.
I love the earlier book Diary of a Wombat and recently read French’s non-fiction book about wombats, which was just okay for me. So, with this book, I was looking forward to another charming wombat picture book.
It is cute, but for me it lacked the magical quality of the original book. And, in the non-fiction book, it was stressed how wombats are wild animals. In the first picture book, the wombat’s contact with humans was done perfectly. Here, the baby wombat, and at times its mother, spends a great deal of time in close proximity with a human infant. I guess it’s supposed to be adorable and amusing, but while some scenes manage to come close to this, overall I was left unmoved. I smiled some but was not highly amused and was not emotionally touched. The first book is vastly superior and that’s the book I recommend. If another wombat book is published, I will read it; the first one is fabulous so I can’t resist giving any further books a try.
If I hadn’t just read the non-fiction book about wombats, this book might more favorably impress me. It is kind of cute, but I wanted to like it much better than I did.
The last pop-up page is particularly beautiful and fun. The story has a compelling environmental message about preserving habitats. And, there is also...moreThe last pop-up page is particularly beautiful and fun. The story has a compelling environmental message about preserving habitats. And, there is also a terrific message about community and about working together to achieve a worthwhile goal. Most of the illustrations are enjoyable and elaborate. That last pop-up page needs to be handled gently so as not to tear or otherwise ruin it. I hate most of those real life Xs that designate trees for cutting down, and took great delight in how this X is brilliantly hidden.(less)
I loved the illustrations: the foods look really yummy, the two houses are very unique, the roller coaster was really fun, and all the creatures are a...moreI loved the illustrations: the foods look really yummy, the two houses are very unique, the roller coaster was really fun, and all the creatures are appealing.
As an adult I saw where the story was going and knew what the message would be, but it’s a good message, and this story is told in a really fun way. This could make a good read aloud book and could be great for starting a discussion between adults and children and among children as well. Despite being able to predict the whole thing, I found this very enjoyable and will recommend it to some young people I know.
Re the message: My mother's mother played the same trick on her, one of the stories from her childhood that she told me when I was a child.(less)
Beautifully illustrated with great detail (I do love the mice as much as the people!) and a truly lovely story (from a Jewish folktale) with an import...moreBeautifully illustrated with great detail (I do love the mice as much as the people!) and a truly lovely story (from a Jewish folktale) with an important message. As the last line in the book says, it’s a wonderful story.(less)
This is an excellent bibliotherapy book for young children who’ve lost a parent, I’d say ages 3-8.
Hopefully they’ll have as good adults as the child i...moreThis is an excellent bibliotherapy book for young children who’ve lost a parent, I’d say ages 3-8.
Hopefully they’ll have as good adults as the child in this book, but even if they don’t this book might be helpful for dealing with the grief and confusion of losing a parent.
I appreciate how this child feels, and expresses, anger, and a whole range of emotions. I appreciate all the thought processes the child goes through. Nothing feels inauthentic; it seems as though a child could react in just this way.
I love the illustrations. They have a simplicity to them but they’re so expressive. I like the liberal use of red, with some yellow. My imagination would have included quite a bit of blue, but somehow the red & yellow work wonderfully.
While this story shows this child and his father, and his grandmother too, coping with the loss of a mother, wife, daughter, it’s not a happily ever after type story. The loss of the young child’s mother remains a sad thing. And that’s good, and realistic.
One caveat is that this story and its pictures might actually set off some sad and angry feelings in children going through a grieving process. That’s not necessarily a bad thing at all, but it’s good to be prepared for that possibility.
So, so sad for way too long, but then happy! And funny. I did chuckle when I saw why that particular family wanted Benny as he was. This isn’t even cl...moreSo, so sad for way too long, but then happy! And funny. I did chuckle when I saw why that particular family wanted Benny as he was. This isn’t even close to my favorite Bob Graham book but, as with his others, I did like this book. The illustrations are in his style, which I appreciate, and his sensibilities shine through, including an animal as a main character, quirky, unusual, showing a unique family, and wise. It won me over by the end.(less)