With a family that grows between each page turn, it’s definitely time to find new digs.
The quest of Gregory and Petunia Bunny (and their burgeoning Bunny clan) to find a “burrow to call their own” amusingly points up the gaps between the enticing real estate ads (“This spacious burrow is protected by a state-of-the-art briar patch”) circled on the endpapers and the problematic realities. A cavernous space that’s “just right for our family!” does wait at the end of the search—but only after one reject (“The fairies next door are too loud”) after another (“The ogre who lives here has pet SNAKES!”) after another (“Look at all these rubies in the dragon’s hoard! This place is too expensive”). Light illustrates his real estate fable in loosely drawn outlines with pink highlights, with a broad, black track looping across each double-page spread. Hinged flaps with small peepholes offer outside views of every tree, ornate palace, or thorny thicket along the way, gatefolds lifting to reveal the various fairy-tale or mythological creatures that populate each residence. The page compositions are busy and fanciful, sophisticated and childlike at the same time; it may take readers a bit of time to understand that they are looking at a bird’s-eye view of the neighborhood, with buildings’ fronts depicted instead of their roofs.
A droll, minimalist take on an odyssey that will be within the experiences of many children…and most adults. (Picture book. 6-8)