Squish Rabbit


Squish is just a little rabbit. But being little can lead to big problems. Sometimes Squish is hard to hear . . . or see. (Which is how he got his name.) And no one notices him. But Squish notices things- especially when someone is about to get into trouble and needs help. Here is little Squish's BIG chance.
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Squish is just a little rabbit. But being little can lead to big problems. Sometimes Squish is hard to hear . . . or see. (Which is how he got his name.) And no one notices him. But Squish notices things- especially when someone is about to get into trouble and needs help. Here is little Squish's BIG chance.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"Squish was just a little rabbit. But being little led to big problems." Deceptively simple illustrations and economical text make this story of a little rabbit who finds a friend feel brand new. Neither art nor text tells the complete story, but interwoven they create a coherent whole. "Wonderful things..." writes debut talent Battersby as Squish Rabbit chases a red balloon; on the opposite page it sails out of reach, as the text continues, "passed him by." The next illustration depicts huge adult rabbits ignoring him, as he tries to share his story in a squared speech bubble with only a red balloon inside. Battersby's characters are created with thick, black outlines, with judicious use of crisp, color collages and watercolors lending texture. Squish actively tries to combat his loneliness, but it's not until he meets a squirrel that he is truly satisfied. The animals' expressive body language both amplifies the plot and lends emotional resonance and humor to this story about what it feels like to be little in a big world. A delightful and promising debut. Ages 2–up. (Aug.)
October 15 Booklist

"The simple story, clear imagery, and powerful message of friendship will win over preschool audiences."
School Library Journal
PreS-K—A little rabbit who got his name because he lives in fear of being squished has other problems, too. No one notices him, wonderful things pass him by, and he is lonely. He creates a pretend friend in the form of a toy rabbit, but that doesn't satisfy his longing. Then Squish tries to play with trees, which is equally unfulfilling. In the midst of a tantrum, he is befriended by a squirrel. This new object of his attention happens to be just the right size—his size—and makes him feel both bigger and happier. Children will sympathize with Squish, relate to his struggles, and celebrate the joy he takes in his newfound friend. Minimal, effective text and spare, mixed-media illustrations blend wonderfully to tell this appealing tale. Children will fall in love with this little rabbit.—Diane Antezzo, Ridgefield Library, CT
Kirkus Reviews

Squish Rabbit spends his little life overlooked, unheard and occasionally stepped on (thus, his name). He needs a friend.

The simple narration tells Squish's story (abetted by his rebus-like pictorial speech bubbles), but the pictures do the heavy lifting. Solid black lines carve out the simplest, flattest rabbit figure imaginable, but somehow Squish's deficit of dimensionality describes his huge heart and deep loneliness. His ears look a lot like his arms and legs, rounded-off extremities, while Squish's tiny irregular eyes (one's bigger than the other) miraculously convey a range of nuanced expressions. Children will certainly register his rage during a tantrum; Squish's eyes squint, and his flailing, stumpy legs stomp and kick. Battersby's expert, ample distribution of white space provides room on each page for readers to luxuriate in her impressive, evocative ink, watercolor and collage illustrations—and to absorb a small rabbit's feelings. Rough papers and textured fabrics add depth, creating an almost tactile reading experience. When Squish and a new, real squirrel friend first make eye contact, however, they do it across an entirely white double-page spread that throbs with both suspense and hope. A face-to-face close up, revealing two sets of dissimilar eyes, seals the friendship.

Minimal, moving and adorable, little Squish makes a big impression. (Picture book. 2-6)

Pamela Paul
Seamlessly told in barely-­there text and deceptively simple ink and collage pictures, Squish Rabbit is bound to win children's hearts.
—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670012671
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/4/2011
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 640,125
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Katherine Battersby (www.katherinebattersby.com) grew up in North Queensland, Australia. In 2010, she won the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship for writing. She lives in Brisbane, Australia. Squish Rabbit is her first book.
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