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Brown Rabbit in the City

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Brown Rabbit is excited to make his first-ever trip to the city to visit his best friend, Little Rabbit. But the visit doesn't go quite as planned. Little Rabbit is so busy making sure that they see all her favorite cafés, shops, and museums that she forgets the real reason for Brown Rabbit's visit-to see her! It takes a lovely garden and a sweet surprise to show them both that all the hustle and bustle of the city is worth little without a good friend to share it with.

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Overview

Brown Rabbit is excited to make his first-ever trip to the city to visit his best friend, Little Rabbit. But the visit doesn't go quite as planned. Little Rabbit is so busy making sure that they see all her favorite cafés, shops, and museums that she forgets the real reason for Brown Rabbit's visit-to see her! It takes a lovely garden and a sweet surprise to show them both that all the hustle and bustle of the city is worth little without a good friend to share it with.

Lovingly told, this beautiful book by Scottish author-illustrator Natalie Russell reminds readers of the simple delight of friendship.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Brown Rabbit is excited to visit Little Rabbit in the city, but Little Rabbit is so energized to show him around that she doesn’t notice that he’s having trouble keeping up. They eat at her favorite cafe, go sightseeing, and dress up for a party, at which point Brown Rabbit leaves Little Rabbit dancing exuberantly under a disco ball. She finds him back at the cafe, where he explains, “I came to see you, not the city.” As in Moon Rabbit, the creamy colors of Russell’s palette evoke both the magic of the city and the importance of trusted companionship. Ages 3–5. (May)
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The perfect balance between hip and cozy.
Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Brown Rabbit goes to the city for the first time to visit Little Rabbit. Both rabbits are excited and they look forward to the special visit. Little Rabbit planned a full, busy day that starts off with a quick stop at her favorite cafe for carrot cake. Then, she rushes and hurries Brown Rabbit from place to place in the city. However, in the evening, at the party, Little Rabbit's weary friend disappears. As Little Rabbit searches for her friend, she realizes in her enthusiasm to show the city sights to Brown Rabbit, she forgot about the simple pleasure of sharing his company. The ending is a reminder of the importance of their friendship as Little Rabbit makes amends. The muted colors of the illustrations present a gentle and soft backdrop for this adventure in the city. Those children who are familiar with Russell's book, Moon Rabbit, in which Little Rabbit first meets Brown Rabbit in a park may notice symbols that from the earlier story than appear in this sequel. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—When Brown Rabbit travels by bus to the city for a highly anticipated visit with his friend Little Rabbit, things are spoiled by her busy schedule. "They went across busy streets, and in and out of many shops.... Brown Rabbit stopped to catch his breath and brush the dust from his ears. 'Hurry up!' called Little Rabbit." In the end, all is well as her exhausted and sad guest explains that he came to see her, not the city, and suggests that they spend the rest of the time together. This is an appealing treatment of a problem seldom addressed in children's books. The fact that Brown Rabbit's difficulty is with a friend, not a parent, is a nicely indirect approach, lessening the emotional intensity it might otherwise have. The smooth writing reads well aloud, and the charming illustrations add a gentle touch. Done with the process of screen printing, their soft colors and light, expressive lines expertly convey the feelings behind the story. A thoughtful and interesting choice.—Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
Kirkus Reviews
Following up on Moon Rabbit (2009), Russell brings the same charm to this sequel. Readers start where they presumably left off-Brown Rabbit, a park dweller, takes a bus to visit his city-loving friend, Little Rabbit. Little Rabbit eagerly drags him from cafe to art gallery to boutique, exhausting her poor friend, and then she takes him to a party. At the party, Brown Rabbit massages his aching feet while Little Rabbit ignores him and dances the night away. Brown Rabbit eventually leaves, and a distressed Little Rabbit finds him eating carrot cake at her favorite cafe. She makes up for her neglect by buying him a new guitar and bringing him to a garden. Though Little Rabbit wouldn't win any friendship awards, readers might wonder if Brown Rabbit could have been a better sport, too. Still, the author has created an accessible story that clearly illustrates her point. Her strength remains her mix of warmly colored drawings and prints that seem lifted right out of a street scene in the West Village and strike the perfect balance between hip and cozy. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670012343
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/13/2010
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 959,565
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.24 (w) x 10.18 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Natalie Russell teaches print-making and illustration at Dundee University. She lives in Broughty Ferry, Scotland.

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