THE YEAR OF THE RABBIT by Oliver Chin

THE YEAR OF THE RABBIT

From the "Tales from the Chinese Zodiac" series, volume 6
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Age Range: 5 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

The sixth (of a projected 12) in a series of illustrated tales designed to demonstrate traits characterizing those born under each sign of the Chinese zodiac. Rosie, an amiable rabbit with oversize ears, is captured after raiding a garden, escapes and ends up befriending her young captor, Jai, after cleverly rescuing him from a tiger. In labored efforts to crank up reader interest, the author folds in Disney references, including a character named Uncle Remus and even a “zip-a-dee-doo-dah!” Roth depicts his brightly colored figures (all of whom, except for the humans, are zodiacal animals) in an unpleasant, flat-bodied, cartoon style that features exaggerated poses and wide-open eyes and mouths. (The illustrations even look loud.) A topic that can be adequately covered in one volume—such as, for instance, Catherine Louis’ What the Rat Told Me: A Legend of the Chinese Zodiac (2009)—thins considerably when stretched out over a dozen, but there’s a natural draw here for children born in the corresponding years (1999 and 2011 in this case). (afterword) (Picture book. 5-7)

 

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-59702-023-7
Page count: 36pp
Publisher: Immedium
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 2010




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