Synopses & Reviews
Pig is writing a thank-you note to his grandma when his friend Rabbit comes over to play. Eager to get in on the action, Rabbit writes one of his own . . . and another . . . and another . . . until his flurry of thank-you notes has Pig in a tizzy. Pig just wants to finish writing his note in peace! Fortunately, Rabbits last thank-you note reminds Pig how lucky he is to have Rabbit as a friend.
This funny friendship story shows how different personalities can manage to fit together perfectly. Rabbits letters to everyone from the president to the crossing guard will have readers chuckling as the delightful duo from Ten Things I Love About You discovers the joy of showing gratitude to the special people in their lives.
"Kirk borrows from the comic rhythms of Abbott and Costello (or is it Burns and Allen?) in his funny tribute to friendship. Pig is sitting thoughtfully at his desk when Rabbit stops by to announce that he's making a list of 'ten things I love about you.' This is all well and good ('Wow, ten!' says Pig), except that Rabbit is a wee bit obsessive about it. Everything Pig says or does becomes fodder for the list, including his growing frustration with Rabbit's relentlessness. 'I'm starting to lose my patience!' immediately inspires entry 'Number 6 I love Pig because he's not afraid to show his feelings.' Kirk (the Library Mouse series) pulls a sweet switcheroo in the final pages of his story Pig turns out to have list-making ambitions of his own but not before readers will be chuckling at how two like-minded souls can find themselves at cross-purposes. Kirk's visual style is a departure of sorts: instead of his customary sculptural renderings, his digitally colored drawings, painted on plywood and outlined in scraggly ink, give the proceedings a warm, handcrafted feel. Ages 5 8. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
* “Rabbit and Pig join the ranks of duos that grapple with the intricacies of friendship—and impressively stand out. . . . Kirk gets the comic timing just right. . . . Although great for reading aloud, put this at the top of the list for using as a springboard for creative writing or a discussion starter about what qualities make a good friend.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“A charmingly illustrated book about self-expression, sharing, cooperation, gratitude—whats not to love?” The New York Times Book Review
“The devoted Rabbits clueless annoying of his friend is deadpan funny. . . . The textured look of the painted wood panels has visual appeal. . . . May inspire kids to take a keener look at the charms of their own buddies. . . . A useful starting point for a classroom or family project of listing a friends or family members good points.” The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“A sweet book about friendship and having a positive outlook. . . . The positive twists are refreshing-there are two ways to interpret Pigs impatience, and Rabbit unfailingly looks on the bright side. . . . Kirks illustrations perfectly capture Rabbits always cheerful nature and Pigs growing irritation. . . . Ideal for group sharing. . . . Provides a framework for looking for admirable traits in classmates and feeling acknowledged by others and would be a good choice to prompt discussions, suggesting that students find positive things to say about one another.” School Library Journal
“This pleasant follow-up to Ten Things I Love about You (2012) again features Pig and Rabbit learning another sweet lesson in thoughtfulness. . . . Kirks neoretro illustrations capture the good feelings and slight annoyance between these two pals. . . . [His] expert combination of old techniques (drawing with ink, painting plywood panels) with new ones (adding colors and textures with Photoshop) nicely highlights the perpetual value of appreciation.”
Fans of Mo Willems' Elephant and Piggie will enjoy Rabbit and Pigs clever back-and-forth which shows the funny ways friends bounce ideas and feelings off each other.
Rabbit just adores his friend Pig. So he is excited to make a list of all the things he loves about Pig. And who better to help him write the list than Pig himself? But Pig is busy, and keeps sending Rabbit away. But no matter what Pig does, Rabbit is inspired to add another thing to his list. When Pig says, Rabbit, I'm starting to lose my patience!” Rabbit has #6I love Pig because hes not afraid to show his feelings!” Fortunately, Pigs dwindling patience is rewarded when Rabbit completes his listand the two realize exactly why they are such good pals.
About the Author
Daniel Kirk is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including Trash Trucks
(both Putnam) and Skateboard Monsters
(Puffin). He lives in New Jersey. copyright ? 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.
Daniel Kirk is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including Trash Trucks and Moondogs (both Putnam) and Skateboard Monsters (Puffin). He lives in New Jersey. copyright ? 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.