Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Review: Quiet Bunny

Summary: In this beautiful picture book by renowned artist Lisa McCue, Little Bunny discovers the importance—and pleasure—of dancing to your own kind of music.

More than anything, Quiet Bunny loves the sounds of the forest: the birds chirping, the wind whispering shhhhh through the leaves, and, especially, the night song all the rabbits listen to. But, one day, he wonders: how can I join in? Bunny wanders the woods asking animal after animal—but he just can’t ch-cheet like the cricket, ssssss like the hissing snake, or o-uuuu like the howling wolves. But nothing feels just right—until Quiet Bunny finds the wonderful beat that’s his and his alone. -- Sterling Publishing

QUIET BUNNY by Lisa McCue just might be my son's new favorite book. He absolutely adored this book -- from the story to the characters to the illustrations. I can't remember the last time he enjoyed reading a book this much. As for me, I enjoyed the book too; but I loved how much he giggled while I read this story to him.

QUIET BUNNY is geared towards children four to six years old. My son is right in the middle of that range, but I'd think children as young as two would also appreciate this book. My son paid attention for the entire story (which is not always the case) and had so much fun making the animal sounds with me. After we finished the book, I asked him his opinion for "our review." Booking Son said, "I LOVED IT!" Then, he proceeded to summarize the book better than I could have. I think his ability to listen to the story, process it, and then explain it to me speaks volumes about how wonderful QUIET BUNNY is!

I'm sure that many of you will recognize the name Lisa McCue. Not only has she written many children's books, but she is also the illustrator for the Corduroy books as well as books by Margaret Wise Brown. I thought this book was absolutely gorgeous. All of the creatures were precious, especially the bunny; and there was so much going on in every picture. My son especially loved looking for the tiny animals hidden among the beautiful forest scenery.

As I'm writing this review, my son saw the book on my desk and asked if we could read it again tonight. His enthusiasm certainly is catching because I can't wait until tonight's storytime!


Anna said...

Looks like a precious book. Glad your son enjoyed it.

Diary of an Eccentric

Ti said...

I love the cover illustration. Looks like such a sweet book. I was going to say that the cover art looked very much like Corduroy and I guess now I know why!

Anonymous said...

How cute!! It's sounds like I need to get this one!