In this quirky story illustrated with photographs, a stuffed toy named Ready Rabbit invents wildly imaginative activities to delay getting ready for school.
The oddly charming rabbit toy is fashioned from a gray-striped sock with the addition of a white fabric face with hand-drawn features. The bunny’s face changes in each illustration, with expressions ranging from sweet to shocked to mischievous with just of hint of evil. Children’s toys and dollhouse furniture and accessories are used in the illustrations to show Ready Rabbit building a spaceship, driving a stagecoach and blasting off in a rocket. Speech balloons with admonishments from his mother keep calling Ready Rabbit back to reality, but each time he zips off into another fanciful exploration. His adventures don’t have a logical flow but instead capture the spontaneous creativity of a smart preschooler who would much rather engage in inventive play than get ready for school. An understated and wordless final page shows the smiling rabbit in his foil astronaut suit riding in a toy school bus, ready to face the day. The story seems oddly disjointed at first, but there’s something captivating about Ready Rabbit’s casual construction and wacky scenarios that give him a real personality.
Kids might want to make stuffed rabbit toys of their own after meeting this beguiling bunny. (Picture book. 3-6)