Moon Rabbit

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Could there be someone out there?
Another little rabbit just like her?

That is what Little Rabbit wonders one moonlit night. She loves living in the city. She has a wonderful home. Her favorite café. A park to play in. But sometimes she is just a little . . . lonely. And then one night, as the moon shines brightly, Little Rabbit meets Brown Rabbit. Could he be the friend she was wishing for?

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Could there be someone out there?
Another little rabbit just like her?

That is what Little Rabbit wonders one moonlit night. She loves living in the city. She has a wonderful home. Her favorite café. A park to play in. But sometimes she is just a little . . . lonely. And then one night, as the moon shines brightly, Little Rabbit meets Brown Rabbit. Could he be the friend she was wishing for?

Gently and lovingly told, yet strong in emotion, Moon Rabbit is for anyone who wishes for or who has found their best friend.

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Publishers Weekly

A demure bunny discovers that friendship, no matter how warm, cannot lure her away from the life she loves. Little Rabbit adores the city ("She had her own place to stay, her favorite cafe, and so many things to see and do"), but wonders if there is someone out there "just like her." Then she meets Brown Rabbit. Brown Rabbit lives in the park and plays the guitar; for a time, they are happy together ("They made each other laugh, and Little Rabbit was happy to have found a new friend"). But Little Rabbit begins to miss the city, and nothing Brown Rabbit offers ("He even stood on his head") can change that. The resolution is constructive: Little Rabbit returns to the city, and Brown Rabbit soon arrives for a visit. Russell's full-bleed prints, in milky aquas, olives and pinks, mix childlike and sophisticated elements. Little Rabbit and Brown Rabbit are drawn as simple outlines, Pat-the-Bunny style, while buildings are more carefully drafted, with shadowy customers glimpsed through windows. Children (and adults) will appreciate this gentle take on the often-perplexing conflict between satisfied independence and the joys of companionship. Ages 3-up. (May)

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The story's considerable appeal is amplified by Russell's exceptional artwork...a truly distinctive look that will appeal to both adults and children...A charming offering.
Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Despite the things she likes about living in the city, Little Rabbit is lonely. She wishes she had a friend just like her. One day, she visits the park and spends the whole day there. In the evening, she is drawn to some music. She discovers a brown rabbit playing a guitar. The two rabbits enjoy each other's company, become friends, and spend time together. One evening in the park, Little Rabbit sees the city and feels homesick. Despite Brown Rabbit's attempts to cure Little Rabbit's homesickness, Little Rabbit determines that it is time for her to return to her home in the city. Back in the city, Little Rabbit enjoys her favorite things again, because she knows that Brown Rabbit will be coming for a visit. The illustrations work with the story and provide opportunities for discussion about mood, tone, and foreshadowing. The pictures on the end pages at the front and back of the book appear to set up the time period of the story. The somber colors of muted greens, grays, blues, and browns create an evening setting and set the tone for Little Rabbit's loneliness. Contrasting shades of light orange bring warmth and express Little Rabbit's happier feelings. The print designs add subtle points of interest in the illustrations and help to move the eye across the layout. The storyline may be simple, but the illustrations add another dimension to the story. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal

K-Gr 3

In the city, Little Rabbit has "her own place to stay, her favorite café, and so many things to see and do." But one evening while gazing at the moon, she wonders if there might be another rabbit somewhere to share the things she enjoys. Relaxing in the park away from city bustle one day, she follows the sounds of music and discovers guitar-playing Brown Rabbit. The two have such a good time together that Little Rabbit forgets her former life and stays on. But distant city lights remind her of all the things she loves, and, despite Brown Rabbit's attempts to dissuade her, she announces she must go home. She is no longer lonely, however, for the two rabbits have found a way to continue their friendship. The screen-printed illustrations appear in alternating spreads and panels on colored grounds. A lamppost sporting directional signs to the park and the city on the title page foreshadow Little Rabbit's decision. The two rabbits are simply outlined pillowlike figures, their tall ears moving to express both delight and wistfulness. Unlike Aesop's mice, these two manage to share the delights of one another's environments without sacrificing their own lifestyles. A charming friendship story.-Marianne Saccardi, formerly at Norwalk Community College, CT

Kirkus Reviews
In this tale spun as sweet as sugar (previously published in the United Kingdom), a little rabbit enjoys her city life. She has her apartment, her favorite cafe and her peaceful spot in the park. Her life would be perfect except that when she gazes out at the moon she finds herself lonely. One day she meets Brown Rabbit, who plays music in the park. They hit it off and after what borders on a romantic weekend together (they have picnics, dance all night, watch the sunrise), Little Rabbit starts to long for her city life. Brown Rabbit can't imagine anything more beautiful than the park. But Little Rabbit stays true to herself and returns home. No need for tears though. Brown Rabbitt comes to visit the next day. It's all uplifting and well-paced, but a tad predictable. What really stands out are the gentle black-lined drawings resting comfortably in a patchwork of printed images. Vintage-looking patterns decorate shades, vases, even trees and create an experience as pleasant as tea and a scone. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670011704
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Natalie Russell studied illustration and printmaking and teaches at Dundee University. She lives in Broughty Ferry, Scotland.
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  • Posted July 25, 2009

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    A Sweet Love/Friendship Story for 3, 13, & 23+

    Story Summary:

    Little Rabbit enjoys her city life, despite its loneliness. She looks up at the moon and wonders if she'll ever find a friend. One day while reading in the park, she hears the distant music of brown rabbit playing his guitar.

    They begin a relationship filled with dancing, pic-nics, sky-gazing, story-telling, and hide-and-seek. When little rabbit gets homesick, brown rabbit serenades her, gives her a flower, and stands on his head to entice her to stay with him in the park. However, independent little rabbit returns home to her previous pursuits and familiar places. (Hopeless romantics will love the ending as brown rabbit takes a bus the very next day to see her.)


    The cover art features quizzical little rabbit, toting her glamorous carrot-print purse, perking her ears toward the unseen source of musical notes floating under a patchwork moon of aqua, lime, navy, and shiny silver foil squares. Inside the book, a soft palette of blues complements happy carrot-oranges while two simply drawn bunnies frolic in the park, sip tea, juggle apples, ride a taxi, and eat carrot cake at the city cafe.

    The book can be read on many levels. It features a strong female protagonist who remains true to her authentic self. Yea, Moon Rabbit! She does not swoon or lose herself to her cute, free-spirited, musician boyfriend. He proves himself honorable by making the effort to come play on her turf in the end. We see a balanced and emotionally intimate relationship unfold. (With so much to anticipate, I eagerly await a sequel.)

    While a must-have for a picture book library, the book would make a meaningful gift for anyone in a long-distance relationship.

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