Perhaps something is lost in this Dutch translation, but there's not much that's sunny in this beach getaway.
Lily, an anthropomorphized white rabbit, and her mouse friend Milo consider what to take with them for some outdoor fun. The fashion-conscious duo reviews options, from swim apparel (“a flowered bikini or a striped one-piece?”) to what to eat, and a list painstakingly chronicles their array of choices. The detailed descriptions drag through stylish footwear. “There are four pairs to choose from: blue, green with flowers, orange and pink velvet.” Obvious statements weigh down the slight concept. “Lily and Milo get some towels because swimming in the ocean makes you wet.” Questions transition one item to the next. Milo’s eventual response to all the organizing adds a bit of pizzazz; scenes highlight the quiet interactions between the planning pair. The oversize format keeps the ever-more-burdened wagon a focal point. Going to the Zoo with Lily and Milo allows the two to arrive at their destination with slightly more bounce to their step.
Packing may be boring in real life, but in this lackluster narrative, it’s simply dreadful. (Board book. 2-4)