WAZZYJUMP by Michael Moniz
Kirkus Star


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Age Range: 3 - 6
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Everyone seeks the magic of the little brown rabbit, but what exactly is it?

All the creatures in the forest have heard of Wazzyjump, the most mysterious creature who lives there. His magic is legendary, but no one seems able to describe it. Lion cannot stand the idea that any animal is more powerful than himself, and he vows to catch Wazzyjump and question him. Learning of this plan, the clever fox decides to search as well...for himself. He happens upon the sleeping rabbit, and the duo ends up laughing and playing all afternoon. The other animals get wind of this and decide to follow the fox the next day. At last, they will have their answer. When they find the rabbit and the fox, the lion tries to pounce on Wazzyjump, again and again, but the rabbit is too quick for him. The lion becomes frustrated beyond roaring, and the only thing that's left to do...is laugh! Soon everyone in the forest is laughing and playing together; and when the lion asks Wazzyjump to explain his magic, the quick little rabbit replies, "What magic?" Moniz's animals have a childlike quality and a soft focus that support his valuable message, which is presented with an admirably light touch. The visual transformation of both the lion and the fox from predator to playmate borders on...the magical.

Sublime. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-89747-658-1
Page count: 44pp
Publisher: Simply Read
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2012


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