Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyDipping, slipping, dashing, splashing, falling, crawling, flopping, plopping . . . they're rabbits on roller skates and they're everywhere! Allender has created a bunch of roller-happy bunnies who alternately shock and delight those who get in their way. The rabbits show up in town, in the country, at the shore; they take the trophy at a roller-skating contest and finallyas a bemused moon looks onthey fall asleep in the forest, their skates slung from tree branches. Pen-and-ink cartoons are filled in with soft watercolors; the effect is childlike in its simplicity and charm. Wahl's short, rhymed text underscores the silly pictures; this is a fun choice for a beginning reader. (37)
School Library Journal - School Library JournalPreS-Gr 2 Here they come, nine rabbits rolling wild``Jumping, bumping, Leaping, creeping''over cliffs, into rivers, over fences, through police cordons, into the roller rink, out with first prize and back over the hills to hang up their skates and snugggle down for the night. The rhymed text is exceedingly simplemainly a series of verbs and phrases that are just enough to describe the action and punctuate the recurring title phrase. The whimsy and humor are all in the flat ink and watercolor line drawings that match the simplicity of the text. These rabbits (reminiscent of Karlin's in The April Rabbits Scholastic, 1980) are on a roll, and the softly colored chaos they create is nicely and cleverly detailed. Allender is careful to be consistent, knowing that kids will count those rabbits on each page, look for the teeny tiny one and try to put together the story not included in the text. He does a fine, funny job; the spare, clean look of the pages will appeal to beginners who find just a few words per page quite enough to get them rolling. slj/adult books for young adults.
- Random House Children's Books
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