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My Friend Rabbit

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  9,402 Ratings  ·  911 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.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 1st 2002 by Roaring Brook Press (first published January 1st 2002)
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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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Steve Holden
Tonight was a night spent with our friends, and with it, always some time sharing in the bedtime read aloud routine! It's a big deal for Lindsay and I, and this was my "chosen book" for my read aloud. This is one I'm somewhat familiar with, as this was the 2003 Caldecott winner. It is very pleasing to look at and illustrations truly make up most of the story. It tells a tale of a rabbit and mouse, but the rabbit in this story is always finding trouble. He gets involved with a lot of animals, and ...more
This was a story with some text but it was mostly wordless. My children thought the illustrations were comical and the gentle theme
of loving your friend, faults and all, was sweet.
This was a cute picture book. I think that the humor of the rabbit is what kept it going. He was amazing! I think that this would also potentially serve as a great read a loud for kids!
Feb 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rachel King
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
3.5 out of 5
A funny and cute story with GORGEOUS illustrations:

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
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
Oct 02, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
N_patricia Brunner
Sep 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Book summary: This award-winning book is about a mouse who has a friend rabbit. The mouse mentions that he likes his friend, yet wherever he goes trouble follows. They're flying a toy plane, then that plane got stuck high in the tree. Rabbit says he has an idea and gather all big and small animals to make a tower like in a circus to reach the plane. The plane was just out of reach when everyone fell and were unhappy with the rabbit. But the mouse knows the rabbit means well and they get the plan ...more
Katie F
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I selected this book because I actually had the chance to meet Eric Rohmann and have him autograph my copy of “Oh, No!” for which he is also the illustrator! I was excited to see that this story won the Caldecott medal in 2003. He is a great illustrator and person!

In this text Mouse has a friend Rabbit who Mouse expresses “means well” but trouble always follows. When their toy plane gets stuck in the tree, Rabbit comes up with the idea of stacking big animals (rhino, elephant, hippo to name a f
Oct 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Juliann Strieter
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann is the winner of the 2003 Caldecott Medal. This text is about friends: a rabbit and a mouse and the new toy airplane. Although the toy is new, mouse knows that trouble always follows rabbit. The text features humorous pictures that shows the silly things that happen with the toy airplane. In the end, mouse still knows that rabbit is his friend and that trouble will continue to follow him.

This text would be appropriate for early elementary level students. It's pri
Oct 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Amy Holliday
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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!

(NS) Laura Jackson
Oct 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Nov 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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
Jun 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: parents reading to young children
Our girls loved this story - a rabbit who just can't stay out of trouble and the mouse who is his friend anyway. We've borrowed this one from the library a few times.

This book was selected as one of the books for the April 2017- Caldecott Medal Winners 2003-2007 discussion at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books Group here at Goodreads.
This book's artwork was very cool, I loved how it had so much color, yet the author managed to outline everything in a bold black line. The story is very sweet, and at the end you just have to laugh because you've felt that way before and know a couple people who try so hard, but manage to only make things worse. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it.

*Taken from my book reviews blog:
Mar 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This books whimsical story is complimented by its illustrations. The thick lines and strong colors make it enjoyable for even young readers. While the thick outlines of the picture provide structure to the illustrations, the watercolor-like technique used to color the scenes adds a soft touch to the pages.
This book is adorable, very cute and funny! Poor Rabbit! Rabbit means well, "but whatever he does, wherever he goes, trouble follows." In this book the illustrations tell the story rather than the words, which are few and far between, but they are great, deserving of the Caldecott medal in my opinion. My daughter and I loved this book, perfect for the little ones.
Mel Ann
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a super cute book to read to my 2 year old. I wish there were nore qords to it but he loved the pictures and was happy to name all the animals he saw. I wish they did more books with morals to the story like when I was a kid. Just a suggestion!
Doree Burt
2003 Caldecott Medal. Really? I just don't get it. This was mediocre at best. I don't like books where negative labeling and cranky expressions prevail. A logical kid will wonder why mouse didn't just climb the tree.
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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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