A boy tries to abandon his pet rabbit only to discover—surprise!—he can’t live without him.
The narrator decides he’s too old to have Floppy as a best pal any longer; he needs to make new, human friends. Deciding to take his pet far into the woods and leave him there to live the wild life, the boy rationalizes that Floppy will be better off there anyway. Floppy remains unconvinced and refuses to leave his owner’s side. The boy’s solution? Tie Floppy to a tree with a piece of yarn he unravels from his sweater. By this point, many readers and listeners—particularly if they’re the guardians of beloved pets—will probably either be appalled and heartsick over the child’s apparent callousness and hate this book, or they’ll get the perverse joke and recognize that this is a friendship story deliberately turned on its (lop) ear and predict a happy outcome for Floppy. In a sudden change of heart, our boy returns to the tree, but this bunny’s hopped. You think the kid’s happy? Of course not! Now panicky, he goes in search of his rabbit. In a weak and unconvincing ending, the boy is thankful to discover that bunny’s fine, having been “rescued” by a girl whom he’d noticed earlier that day in the woods. As for Floppy, he remains unfazed by the whole ordeal.
Predictable and only mildly amusing; no need to hop to this one. (Picture book. 3-6)