A magician’s rabbit decides he’s had his ears pulled one too many times.
Herb is a rabbit who’s been working with magician Abracadabra Al. Even though Herb likes the spotlight, applause, and carrots that come with working in Al’s magic shows, he doesn’t like Al’s hat. Poor Herb’s ears (which have cunningly real-looking bandages on them, evidence of McGill’s multimedia art) have had enough, and narrator Herb decides it’s time for a new job. Possibilities include: 1. Wild Rabbit, 2. Veggie Farmer, 3. Pet Rabbit. Using humor and human stereotypes, Herb debates each possibility, pros and cons exemplified through words and images. McGill’s cut-paper, gouache, and ink illustrations offer a plethora of textures for readers to explore within each spread. Unsuited to the first two career paths, Herb answers an ad for a pet rabbit placed by a little blonde white girl named Sophie. At last a job that suits him, mostly because of carrot cake...and because of Sophie’s love. Since Herb does not leave Al’s employ for lack of affection, the fact that Herb is so taken by Sophie’s love feels rather like an afterthought.
Fans of quirky humor and hard-core rabbit lovers won’t mind the arbitrariness of the ending, and the art is charming. (Picture book. 4-8)