Dog and Rabbit
Coming October 8, 2019. Preorder now!
How hard can it be to find a friend?
Dog is okay being alone, but sometimes he's lonely. Rabbit is okay being alone, but sometimes wants a friend. Yet finding a friend is harder than it seems. When Dog spots Rabbit, he thinks his waiting days are over. But a more magnetic character has drawn Rabbit's attention.
In four vignettes with deceptively simple illustrations that will tug at the heartstrings, this tale of unrequited love and an unlikely friendship triangle explores the twists and turns of affection.
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Author & Illustrator Bios:Barney Saltzberg, author and illustrator
Barney Saltzberg is the author and illustrator of Beautiful Oops!, Crazy Hair Day, the bestselling Touch and Feel Kisses series, and many other beloved children's books. His 50 plus titles have received multiple awards. Also a singer-songwriter, Barney has recorded four albums for children; he has also written and produced songs for the PBS show Arthur.
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A conversation starter for preschoolers. Dog and Rabbit are fine on their own, but they each want a friend. Pleasantly square pages contain softly edged illustrations mostly separated by negative space, emphasizing the emotional and physical distance between the animals. Chunky, black, handwriting-inspired type contrasts with the negative space and balances the gentle blues, greens, and browns that make up the bulk of the color palette. Brown, floppy-eared Dog eventually notices Rabbit and wishes for friendship, but gray Rabbit is fixated on what he believes is a bunny inside Dog's house. Even as Dog is thinking about Rabbit on one of the rare double-page spreads, Rabbit looks up at the same evening moon thinking about the unreachable bunny. But once Rabbit wanders into Dog's house to discover that the bunny is a refrigerator magnet, the pair quickly settles into an amicable friendship. The duo's contentment is fortunate, for no other potential matches seem to exist save for a few fleeting glimpses of a red bird. The colors, sparse illustrations, and predictable plot make this a satisfactory beginning book about friendship for young children. Grown-up readers may go down rabbit holes of their own, wondering whether Rabbit is settling for Dog and about the merits of waiting around for others to arrive at their own realizations. An odd-couple friendship story with a focus on perception and patience.
ISBN: 978-1-63289-866-1 EPUB
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Page count: 48
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