The Magic Rabbit

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Award-winning artist Richard Jesse Watson presents a warm, funny story about a rabbit who finds many treasures inside his magic hat--but nothing that's better than a special friend to share them with.

One day, a magic rabbit hops out of a hat and discovers he can do tricks with it. He pulls out some juggling balls, a picnic, and even a car to drive, but there's no one to share in the fun. Rabbit needs a friend. He reaches into the hat for some new playmates, but the frogs hop ...

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Overview


Award-winning artist Richard Jesse Watson presents a warm, funny story about a rabbit who finds many treasures inside his magic hat--but nothing that's better than a special friend to share them with.

One day, a magic rabbit hops out of a hat and discovers he can do tricks with it. He pulls out some juggling balls, a picnic, and even a car to drive, but there's no one to share in the fun. Rabbit needs a friend. He reaches into the hat for some new playmates, but the frogs hop off, the mice scurry away, and the birds flap up into the sky. But before Rabbit gets discouraged, he tries one more trick, and out pops another magic hat. Inside that he finds the perfect friend: another magic rabbit, just like him! Magic tricks may be fun, but finding a friend is the best magic of all.

After a rabbit jumps out of a hat and performs some amazing magic tricks, he searches for someone to share things with.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-A white rabbit jumps out of a black top hat and discovers that he can make magic. He pulls out nine balls (that resemble the planets) and juggles them, drives around in a car that has emerged from the hat, and creates a picnic of delicious food. However, though he enjoys doing tricks, he decides that he needs a friend. After failed attempts with a frog that hops out of the hat and off the page, two mice that scurry away, and three fluttering blue jays, the rabbit discovers there's another hat inside his magic one. A second rabbit shoots out of it, and, PRESTO!, a friendship is born. The richly hued oil paintings with their varying perspectives and textures are the highlight of this tale, but the tepid, almost unnecessary, text makes it less than magical.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Watson steps away from the accomplished realism of Tom Thumb (1993) and Joanne Ryder's The Waterfall's Gift (2001) for a more broadly brushed expressionism in this exuberant, if scantly plotted, solo debut. A rabbit bounds out of a top hat lying on the ground, turns back to pull out a string of tied scarves and other tricks, then wishes for a friend. Presto! A second hat appears, from which a second rabbit bounds. As a writer, Watson makes a talented visual artist; his terse text flattens, rather than heightens, the feeling ("Oh, the fun they had and the magic they shared." Clunk) and proves superfluous anyway, as the pictures tell the tale perfectly well. Readers may agree intellectually with the concluding thought, that "the best magic of all was having a friend," but from the front cover's shower of glitter to the rear view of Rabbit, white fur mystically lit, contemplating the stars, the art conveys more a sense of private wonder than of shared bonhomie. A strong showcase for Watson's technical versatility, though. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590479646
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/22/2004
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 530,175
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.88 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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