Synopses & Reviews
Who's afraid of the dark?
Squish Rabbit is a very small rabbit, and he's afraid of lots of things. Like storms. And chickens (you would be too, if you were small!). And the dark. Especially the dark. But when he goes to meet his good friend Twitch the squirrel one evening, he can't find her. She's missing! And it's getting dark! Squish knows he must be brave to find her, but it takes all of his courage . . . to discover that the dark can be magical, especially when filled with stars.
With playful text and adorable illustrations, Brave Squish Rabbit will encourage young readers to face their fears.
"The team behind The OK Book again plays with perspective and visual trickery, this time using a classic image that looks like either a rabbit (with long ears) or a duck (with a long bill). In a series of spreads that show the boldly outlined duck/rabbit against a blue sky, two offstage speakers, their words appearing on either side of the animal's head, argue their points of view. The snappy dialogue makes for fine read-aloud: 'Are you kidding me? It's totally a duck.' 'It's for sure a rabbit.' Though the main image is basically static, Lichtenheld has fun with the details and setting, placing the animal behind green leaves ('Now the duck is wading through the swamp.' 'No, the rabbit is hiding in the grass'), near water ('Look, the duck is so hot, he's getting a drink.' 'No, the rabbit is so hot, he's cooling off his ears'), etc. The creature's disappearance brings a brief moment of reconciliation, but the twist ending puts the speakers at odds again. Duck? Rabbit? As kids will readily see, it depends on how you look at it. Ages 3 up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Praise for Brave Squish Rabbit
by Katherine Battersby:
"A little humor that goes a long way toward conquering big fears." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Children will love how friendship trumps terror when the two reunite...Consider pairing this charming book with Patricia Polacco's Thunder Cake(Philomel, 1990), Kevin Henkes's Sheila Rae, the Brave (Greenwillow, 1987), and Ed Emberley's Go Away, Big Green Monster! (Little, Brown, 1992)." —School Library Journal
“[Battersby] creates expressive characters...and Squish's world is a delightful collage of felt trees, giant chickens (made from yellow feathers), and torn-paper landscapes.” —Publishers Weekly
"...[a] modern twist on a classic form....Once youngsters solve this puzzle, they'll be clamoring for the next."-Kirkus Reviews
A New York Times Bestseller for 9 weeks!
"You know when people refer to "a book for all ages?" .in [this] new picture book, the cliché proves true..Hop (or swim) and find a Duck! Rabbit! of your very own!"--BookPage
"This exercise in visual perception is both a great brainteaser and great fun."--The Horn Book
"The snappy dialogue makes for fine read-aloud.Duck? Rabbit? As kids will readily see, it depends on how you look at it."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"How cute is this? Really, really cute."--Booklist, starred review
"Funny by any standard."--The New York Times Book Review
"Deceptively simple and brilliantly executed."-School Library Journal
From the award-winning author of Little Hoot comes a clever take on the age-old optical illusion: Is is a duck or a rabbit? There's also a subtle lesson for kids who don't know when to let go of an argument. Full color.
From author of Little Pea
, Little Hoot
, and Little Oink
comes a clever take on the age-old optical illusion: is it a duck or a rabbit? Depends on how you look at it.
Readers will find more than just Amy Krouse Rosenthal's signature sense of humour here — there is also a subtle lesson for kids who don't know when to let go of an argument. This is a smart, simple story that will make readers of all ages eager to take a side, Duck! Rabbit! makes it easy to agree on at least one thing: reading it again!
Is it a duck or a rabbit? Depends on how you look at it . With more than 100,000 copies sold, this classic picture book is now available in a sturdy board book that little ones will love holding in their own two hands. Smart, simple and funny, it offers a hilarious choice—and one readers of all ages will rejoice in making.
About the Author
Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a Chicago-based writer. She is the author of Little Pea, Little Hoot, Little Oink, and several other books for children and adults.
Tom Lichtenheld works as both an advertising art director and as a creator of of children's books. He has written and illustrated several books, including Everything I Know About Pirates. He has also collaborated with Amy Krouse Rosenthal on The OK Book and It's Not Fair! He lives in Geneva, Illinois.