AH! by Géraldine  Collet


Age Range: 4 - 8
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A rabbit and a spider engage in a strange adventure.

An unsuspecting rabbit is happily going about his business when he enters a kind of tunnel and discovers a spider, which promptly attaches itself to him. He runs, jumps, and yells, but nothing can dislodge it. Exhausted, the rabbit rests while the spider bides its time. When the rabbit wakes, he pays court to a lovely lady rabbit (so identified by eyelashes and wrist bangles), who, unknowingly, carries a spider of her own. Seeing the two spiders, they run away in panic, at which point the spiders get together gleefully. A curious bird and a dragonfly lurk nearby and watch all the action dispassionately. Various spellings of “Ah” provide most of the text, alternately expressing panic, satisfaction, or contentment. The spiders utter the only sentence, “How silly they are,” while laughing merrily at the rabbits’ fear and their own happy ending. The creatures are rendered in black line cartoon drawings with splashes of color in the secondary characters and in flowers and a rainbow. There is constant movement across the double-page spreads as the characters meet, separate, and meet again, but very young readers may have difficulty in following or understanding the plot. The underlying mood is rather nasty; the spiders are bullies who succeed at the rabbits’ expenses, while the bystanders do nothing.

Creepy and uncomfortable—rather like discovering that a spider is riding on your head. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-8234-3199-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Holiday House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2015


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