One Busy Bunny

Little Simon. Feb. 2022. 12p. Board $7.99. ISBN 9781665903769.
Baby-Toddler–A busy bunny has a hip-hopping adventure on Easter morning in this 3D novelty board book. Making stops along the way to deliver beautifully decorated eggs to the creatures of the forest is joyful and tiring work for the busy bunny. As the bunny journeys across the pond, field, and farm, each critter it encounters receives an egg, much to the critters’ delight. At the end, the bunny earns a well-deserved respite and an egg of its own. Told in rhyming verse in five spreads, Robbe manages to pack a lot of action in minimal text. The cadence of rhyming is spot-on, and young readers will be absorbed by bunny’s odyssey. Ro’s soft, impressionistic illustrations have a splendid sunrise quality, with rich purples, oranges, blues, and greens. The most charming details are the ways in which each animal treasures its egg, with an embrace and reverent gaze. This follow-up to One Black Cat is a testament to how the intersection of novelty, illustration, and premise can refresh a very familiar story line.
VERDICT A recommended purchase for Easter board book collections.

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