He's still wearing his baby-blue bunny suit, but the preternaturally perky star of Little Rabbit Lost and Little Rabbit Goes to School is now a little older--and more defiant. In this newest installment, Horse once again demonstrates his intuitive understanding of preschoolers' minds and moods. After a scolding, Little Rabbit runs away from home declaring, "I'm Little Rabbit Runaway. Nobody can tell me what to do!" He meets a kindred spirit in Molly Mouse, and together they build a ramshackle house from junkyard findings. But when Molly turns into a "bossyboots," Little Rabbit runs off, only to return when a scary thunderstorm looms. As in the previous books, his mother comes to the rescue ("Little Rabbit had liked living in his own house, but he was very happy to see Mama"), reassuring young readers who admire Little Rabbit's independence but, like him, want to go home. Horse's ink-lined watercolors brim with imaginative details, especially the shack, which is furnished Borrowers-style (dice for chairs, a book as a table). With a few strokes of his pen, Horse also gives Little Rabbit more big-kid expressions, from anger to fear to pure joy. Is Little Rabbit growing up? Perhaps. His young fans will have to wait for the next book in this delightful series to find out. Ages 2-6. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
The appealing young rabbit of Little Rabbit Lost and Little Rabbit Goes to School reflects the feelings many youngsters can share. After being scolded for bad behavior, he decides to pack up and run away to where nobody can tell him what to do. With the help of Molly Mouse, he collects enough materials to build a house, and invites Molly to share it. Playing "Mama," Molly soon begins to order him around as well, so he leaves her in a huff, only to return soaked by the rain. As they huddle together, a bit frightened, he is relieved when his real Mama arrives to take him home. He has decided "one mama is enough . . . " The innocence of this simple story is visualized in pen and ink and pale watercolors that provide the bucolic background—along with the details of the junkyard needed for the day's adventure. Anthropomorphic Molly is an adorable miniature tyrant over bunny-suited Little Rabbit. Perhaps some youngsters may think again about their plans to run away when they see what happens to Little Rabbit. 2005, Peachtree Publishers, Ages 3 to 6.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-K-The protagonist from Little Rabbit Lost (Peachtree, 2002) returns. After being scolded by his parents, he runs away so that no one can tell him what to do. He begins building a house when Molly Mouse, another runaway, joins him. Life together sours quickly, however, as Molly takes on the role of a bossy mother. Little Rabbit takes off and spends a fine day playing with other animals; when it begins to rain, however, he returns, tired and dirty. To cheer him, Molly Mouse reads a bedtime story. Unfortunately, she chooses one about a cat who chases runaway rabbits. The two become scared and huddle in bed until morning, when their mamas find them, and they return home. Horse's expressive, detailed illustrations set this title apart from the general rank of stories about rabbits and runaways. The soft browns, blues, and greens give the book a vintage flavor that contrasts with modern details such as a junk pile containing a pair of fuzzy dice and a broken television set. The stormy friendship between Little Rabbit and Molly Mouse is both amusing and realistic. The universal appeal of tales about running away and the high-quality art make this a solid addition to picture-book collections.-Suzanne Myers Harold, Multnomah County Library System, Portland, OR Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Where Margaret Wise Brown's Runaway Bunny is all talk, Little Rabbit suits action to words, declaring himself a runaway in the wake of a parental scolding and heading out into the garden with a few choice possessions. Along comes Molly Mouse; finding Little Rabbit sulking under a bush, she gets into the spirit of things by helping him to construct a cozy new house from found rubbish, and then moving in. But when she too turns out to be a real "bossyboots," he stomps out again, this time for a long round of muddy play. Hard rain at last drives him reluctantly back to Molly, who tries to comfort him with a story-which turns out to be too scary for teller and listener both. Happily, two moms then enter to carry the relieved runaways home. Covering his mercurial runaway from paws to ears in an increasingly untidy flannel bunny suit, Horse illustrates the outing, Little Rabbit's third, with leafy, warm-toned scenes full of finely drawn yard litter, natural detail and small animals. Children just past toddler stage will happily identify with this independent-but not too independent-spirit. (Picture book. 3-5)