Little Sister Rabbit and the Fox

tr. from Swedish by Susan Beard. illus. by Eva Eriksson. 32p. Floris. May 2017. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781782503781.
PreS-Gr 1—First published in Sweden in the 1980s, this picture book by the author of the "Detective Gordon" series follows a young rabbit's trek at the edge of a field. She is artfully trailed by a fox kit in a black cape who has an appetite for "rabbit sausages with ketchup." The rabbit senses that something is not quite right. When the fox finally pounces and nips her, the rabbit responds angrily: "Don't bite me, you silly thing." She bounds away quickly. Luckily, the rabbit family have plenty of "sticking plasters" at home for her wound, and even the villain is blessed by a box of sausages bouncing off a truck. Eriksson's delightfully detailed, earthy watercolors keep the fear toned down and feature a cast of six blackbirds as witnesses to the events.
VERDICT With just enough tension to keep listeners engaged, this picture book has a full story arc, and who can't appreciate a happy ending for all?

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