All the other animals make very distinct sounds. What about rabbits?
In the still of the night, the meadow fills with rabbits, who nibble peacefully for hours. As the sun comes up, the farm rings out with noises. The rooster trumpets out a “Cock-a-doodle-do,” the horse neighs, the dog woofs, and so on. This causes a young bunny named Raggety-Taggle to wonder just what noise a rabbit makes. He tries thump-thumping with his foot, but this just attracts a predatory cat that nearly catches him. The chase wakes up the dog, who pursues the cat; it also stirs up the cows, the sheep, the horses, the pigs, the rooster and the farmer on his tractor. When the farmer blows his horn, all the animals stop short, tumbling into an awkward pile. All, that is, except Raggety-Taggle, who quietly runs all the way home. Later that night, as the sun goes down, the rabbits again fill the meadow, and Raggety-Taggle wonders “just why anybody would ever want to make a noise at all.” The treatment of animals and their sounds is entirely predictable (if spelled with a British accent—the cat says, “Miaow!”), but it’s leavened with the sly lesson about the value of being quiet. Byrne’s colors are bold, and his animals, drawn with an appealing simplicity, are apt for preschoolers.
Though far from startlingly original, it’s good for a giggle or two. (Picture book. 3-5)