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CUTE by Lida Dijkstra


by Lida Dijkstra & illustrated by Marije Tolman

Age Range: 2 - 6

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-1-59078-505-8
Publisher: Lemniscaat/Boyds Mills

A little rabbit’s new macho image comes to a crashing halt when he encounters a feminine force. Everyone thinks Toby’s a “very cute rabbit,” but Toby hates being “cute” and opts for a tough new look. When Toby struts around wearing cool shades, his friends just laugh. But they stop laughing when Toby appears with a pierced ear, a tattoo on his arm and a growl. Encouraged, Toby completes his manly makeover, sporting a helmet and cape astride a loud motorbike. Barely able to maneuver a stop at the Zebra crossing, Toby’s biker antics frighten Tara who tells him in no uncertain terms to “get lost, creep.” Besotted with Tara who is also “very cute,” Toby instantly trashes his biker paraphernalia to woo Tara with cuteness. The “cute” illustrations reinforce the “just be yourself” message by highlighting Toby’s hilarious transformation from “cute” rabbit to demon biker. Indeed, from the end pages featuring cameos of Toby strutting his stuff to the domestic details of Toby’s rabbit home, this one’s just plain cute. (Picture book. 2-6)