How to find the peace and quiet needed for serious research? Use the scientific method!
Having no place for scientific work in her crowded bunny household, even in the privy, Charlotte systematically sets out to solve the issue. Failures to make either her sibs vanish (hypothesis No. 1) or herself (hypothesis No. 2) lead to the next logical step, a proposition that in order to “get some space” she will have to “go there.” Off she blasts in a homemade rocket that looks, in Farley’s cartoon illustrations, remarkably like a carrot (detailed inside plans provided on the endpapers). She concludes, after carefully recording observations, that space is “splendid!” But it’s also lonely—and with no rescue in earshot if the toilet paper runs out. Further tests and experiments end with a return to Earth, a warm welcome from her flop-eared, multicolored clan, and the satisfying conclusion that with the carrot-craft to serve as an occasional retreat, Charlotte doesn’t need outer space, just “her own space.” Andros closes with a step-by-step recap of her lab-coated lagomorph’s efforts, with review questions, to let readers test their own understanding of this simplified version of the scientific method.
Loads of charm methodically delivered. (Picture book. 6-8)