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Ribbit Rabbit
     

Ribbit Rabbit

by Candace Ryan, Mike Lowery (Illustrator)
 

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Frog and Bunny are best friends. RIBBIT, RABBIT! They do everything together, like fight monsters (ZIP IT, ZAP IT!). And even though they get in fights sometimes-YIP IT, YAP IT!-they always make up in the end.

Ribbit, Rabbit features an effortlessly clever text that, in less than 150 words, captures the ups and downs of young friendships. Combined with

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Frog and Bunny are best friends. RIBBIT, RABBIT! They do everything together, like fight monsters (ZIP IT, ZAP IT!). And even though they get in fights sometimes-YIP IT, YAP IT!-they always make up in the end.

Ribbit, Rabbit features an effortlessly clever text that, in less than 150 words, captures the ups and downs of young friendships. Combined with adorably hip and fresh illustrations and an irresistible package, Ribbit, Rabbit is the perfect choice for the youngest of readers.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Ryan (Animal House) and Lowery introduce readers to best friends Bunny and Frog. The bipedal, boyish creatures share a wading pool ("Ribbit Rabbit. Dip it, dab it") and battle stacks of boxes that resemble "monsters" ("Ribbit Rabbit. Zip it, zap it"). They both covet Frog's clockwork robot ("Sometimes they fight over little things"), and when the robot's winding key pops off, Bunny swipes it ("Nip it, nab it") and Frog gets angry. They stubbornly march in opposite directions, each with a necessary component, only to realize they should put their friendship, and the robot, back together. They conclude with a unified "Rib-bot Rab-bot," dressed up as cardboard robots. Lowery (Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder), in pencil sketches and off-registered screen prints, creates deliberately clunky, imperfect illustrations that suggest children's drawings; pea-soup green Frog and lentil-brown Bunny have big round heads, small mouths, and long noodly limbs. Lowery's drab pastel palette suits the everyday topic and evokes a certain drabness, as though the friends are playing indoors on a gray day. Ryan's rhymed consonant-vowel pairings similarly follow a reliable pattern, generating a low-key energy. Ages 3–5. (Feb.)
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“The rhythmic, onomatopoeic text is a pretty music, the kind of song you'd sing in the dark to lift your spirits. Equally joyful and engaging--and that's a tall order--is Lowery's artwork. It has a childlike, elemental tone, with neat planes of color, but it is wonderfully, touchingly emotive. Best of all, Frog and Bunny have the radiant good cheer of a sock monkey, a mingling of the ridiculous with the sublime for a spellbinding effect.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This gentle examination of the ups and downs of friendship offers a thoughtful lesson on admitting error and seeking resolution, and listeners will applaud the twosome's success in working through their problem.” —BCCB

“What makes Ryan's text unique is its simplicity... This economy of language makes it ideal for reading aloud or for beginning readers. However, the illustrations marry well with the text, and fill in the narrative where the writing leaves it open.” —School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Krisan Murphy
This is a book about conflict resolution in the simplest terms. The uncomplicated lines of the pen and ink and watercolor drawings are attractive. Frog, a.k.a Ribbit, and Bunny, a.k.a. Rabbit, play unhampered by adults and outsiders swimming, fighting monsters, and eating peanut-butter sandwiches together. A pleasant mixture of easy-to-read prose and melodic rhyming will make this a favorite read aloud book or first reader. As is realistic, even children (in this case, a frog and a rabbit) who are best friends encounter conflict. A shared toy robot is at the center of their dispute—easily applicable to a child's present circumstance. Without using a heavy pedantic tone, the text demonstrates how conflicts can escalate and destroy a friendship. The author shows how the friends find a way to resolve their disagreement and the book ends on an encouraging note. Librarians and parents who are looking for a resource to help their readers learn about solving disagreements should start with this upbeat story. Reviewer: Krisan Murphy
Kirkus Reviews

Ryan's story features the disarming characters Frog and Bunny, two close friends. They go swimming and fight monsters together. "They even eat peanut-butter sandwiches together. / Ribbit rabbit. Wibbit wabbit." But such close proximity can breed a case of the grumps. They squabble over a toy robot, which goes "beep boop, boop beep." They stop talking to one another, but "they know what they have to do." Make up, that's what. These two are self-starters who can figure out their acrimony for themselves, which is a relief from being told what to do or stumbling upon the right thing by accident. The rhythmic, onomatopoeic text is a pretty music, the kind of song you'd sing in the dark to lift your spirits. Equally joyful and engaging—and that's a tall order—is Lowery's artwork. It has a childlike, elemental tone, with neat planes of color, but it is wonderfully, touchingly emotive. Best of all, Frog and Bunny have the radiant good cheer of a sock monkey, a mingling of the ridiculous with the sublime for a spellbinding effect.(Picture book. 4-8)

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Frog and Bunny are best friends. They do everything together. "But they don't always get along." They fight, it escalates, and they are sad. Ultimately, each one takes the part of the toy they were fighting over, wraps it, and gives it as a gift, and the rift is mended. The story is nothing new. What makes Ryan's text unique is its simplicity. No page has more than two sentences, usually including "ribbit rabbit," along with another set of matched rhyming words describing the action. This economy of language makes it ideal for reading aloud or for beginning readers. However, the illustrations marry well with the text, and fill in the narrative where the writing leaves it open. The artwork is done in a simple, childlike fashion reminiscent of Bob Shea's work. The characters have round heads, square bodies, and simple limbs, with dot-eyes for Rabbit and googly ones for Frog. The digitally enhanced pencil, screen printed, and print gocco art has a soft, slightly dark palette leaning heavily on grays, blues, and greens. The text looks hand-lettered, with a lot of variety in style and size. The childlike artwork, common scenario, and minimalistic text are likely to appeal to a wide audience.—Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802721808
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
02/01/2011
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,251,017
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Candace Ryan is also the author of Animal House. She spent nine years as a special education teacher and now lives in Southern California with her husband and young son.
www.bookbookerbookest.blogspot.com

Mike Lowery is an illustrator, fine artist, and graphic designer. He is the illustrator of Jo Nesbo's novel Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder, and is also a professor of illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design. He lives in Georgia.
www.argyleacademy.com

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