Our Twitchy

Our Twitchy

by Kes Gray, Mary McQuillan
     
 

"We've always been your mom and pop. And you'll always be our Twitchy!"

"Pop," said Twitchy, "why don't you and Mom hop like I do?"

Twitchy and his parents live in a burrow and munch on carrots, just like any bunny family. But when Twitchy wonders why he doesn't look like his parents, the answer surprises him. How can the three of them truly be a

Overview

"We've always been your mom and pop. And you'll always be our Twitchy!"

"Pop," said Twitchy, "why don't you and Mom hop like I do?"

Twitchy and his parents live in a burrow and munch on carrots, just like any bunny family. But when Twitchy wonders why he doesn't look like his parents, the answer surprises him. How can the three of them truly be a family if they're not really the same?

With lots of love (and plenty of carrots) Twitchy's parents show him that they are indeed a family after all. This sweet, funny adoption story will appeal to children and parents alike.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Gray deftly balances emotions in this entertaining and ultimately reassuring story. . . . McQuillan lends a sense of movement to her sunny paintings with very deliberate brushstrokes, lines and dabs that create appealing textures, and make her charming animal portraits and pastoral scenes pop." —Publishers Weekly, starred

"An easy and comforting look at a different kind of family." —Kirkus Reviews

"This touching story will amuse readers as they, along with Twitchy, discover that being in a family is about love and acceptance." —School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly
Families truly do come in all sizes, colors-and even species-according to this tender picture book about adoption from a British team. Twitchy, a young rabbit, wonders why Mom and Pop don't hop the way he does. Mom and Pop, who happen to be a cow and a horse, respectively, begin an honest, gentle explanation, which includes how they happily took over the special responsibility of loving and caring for Twitchy when his Bunnymom and Bunnypop could not. Initially hurt and confused, Twitchy wrestles with issues of appearance until he realizes that love, not physical resemblance, make his four-legged parents "real." Gray (Eat Your Peas) deftly balances emotions in this entertaining and ultimately reassuring story. Many adoptive families, especially, will appreciate that he presents authentic childhood concerns about a sometimes difficult-to-approach topic without using a heavy hand (the author also focuses on the important similarities: "I see two great big kind smiles that always make me feel happy," Twitchy tells his parents as he looks at the trio's reflection in a pond). McQuillan (who teamed with Gray for The Get Well Soon Book), lends a sense of movement to her sunny paintings with very deliberate brushstrokes, lines and dabs that create appealing textures, and make her charming animal portraits and pastoral scenes pop. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This charming, different way of explaining adoption presents a little bunny named Twitchy, who has begun to question why his Mom and Pop don't hop the way he does. They are not his Bunnymom and Bunnypop, they explain. Milfoil is a cow, and Sedge is a horse. The bunny "burrow" they live in is a train tunnel, and they eat carrots to help them to see in the dark. They take care of Twitchy because his Bunnymom and pop couldn't. Upset at this news, Twitchy runs away, returning trying to look more like a cow or horse. Milfoil and Sedge reassure him that they are his "real" mom and pop who love him just as he is. McQuillan saves the book from over-sentimentalizing with her very appealing characters in scenes that include a cast of bugs and other creatures all set in a fairy-tale landscape. Painted with visible brush strokes, the visuals tend to unify all parts of the double-page scenes. The happy ending has the family enjoying a carrot supper together. 2003, Henry Holt and Company,
— Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Twitchy the rabbit asks his parents why they don't hop like he does. They explain that even though they live in a burrow (an old train tunnel) and eat carrots (to help them see in the dark), they aren't his Bunnymom and Bunnypop. Twitchy's adopted mother is a cow, and his adopted father is a horse. The youngster is so upset when he hears this that he runs away from home. Milfoil and Sedge search everywhere but then head for home with heavy hearts. When they hear a voice, they gallop to the train tunnel to find Twitchy sitting by the entrance, covered in mud with his ears rolled up and secured by clothespins and a twig tied onto his tail. He tells them: "I can change. I promise I can change. I can be a cow or a horse. But please be my real mom and pop." Milfoil and Sedge assure him that they are his parents and love him and that they don't want him to change. Pastel-colored illustrations invoke a feeling of calm and tranquility. This touching story will amuse readers as they, along with Twitchy, discover that being in a family is about love and acceptance.-Kristin de Lacoste, South Regional Public Library, Pembroke Pines, FL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Twitchy, a soft white rabbit, is startled to discover the reason his parents don't hop like he does: they aren't his Bunnymom and his Bunnypop, but his adoptive parents. As he munches on a carrot and tries not to look too worried, he listens as his mother, Milfoil and Sedge, a cow and a horse, explain how he came to live with them. Confused and frightened, Twitchy runs away. When Mifoil and Sedge find him, he's tried to change his appearance to match theirs, rolling down his ears, smearing his fur with mud, and adding a twig tail. After some kisses and comforting, Twitchy is assured that they are a family after all. Folksy artwork of a bonnet-wearing cow and a horse who sports a bandana are rendered in bright colors with some scratchy texturing. An easy and comforting look at a different kind of family. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805074543
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
10/01/2003
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.84(w) x 10.64(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Kes Gray started his career as a copywriter for an advertising company before turning his talents to writing for children. The author of several picture books, he was voted one of the top ten children's authors by the noted newspaper The Independent only a year after his first book was published. He lives in England with his family and an assortment of animals.

Mary McQuillan has made designs for everything from greeting cards to textiles, but her first love is children's books. She has illustrated a number of successful picture books in her native England, where she lives in the countryside with her dog, Bonzo.

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