A SMALL SURPRISE by Louise Yates. (Alfred A. Knopf, 2009)

August 26, 2009 at 1:15 am Leave a comment

small surpriseThe story begins in the illustration on the hard cover when the book is first opened (the illustration will be obstructed by the book cover, though nothing crucial is blocked).  A bunny sights a job opening at a circus, but reads the sign that small animals need not apply.  The bunny spends the book endearing itself to the larger animals by demonstrating a unique skill in disappearing.  The illustrations are of popular animals for children, but the story would have benefited by some change in facial expression as the bunny shows off.  Nonetheless, the animals convey expression through gesticulation, and children will laugh as the bunny picks some very unique places to disappear to.

Picture book, recommended.  Rebecca Eller (Larchmont Public Library)

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