A brave little bunny sneaks out after dark, hoping to find a scary creature known as the Big Hairy.
Even though his mother warns him about the Big Hairy with “huge, scary teeth and long, scary claws,” adventurous Little Bob heads out into the moonlit forest. Fleeing a hunting owl, Little Bob dives into a bush—which turns out to be a frightened bear. Little Bob explains he’s hunting for the Big Hairy, and the bear tags along. Realizing the bear has no name or friends, Little Bob calls his new friend “Big Bob.” Big Bob wonders how someone as small as Little Bob can be so brave, and Little Bob tells him he’s “big on the inside,” assuring Big Bob that he, too, has a “big bear in there somewhere.” When a fox attacks Little Bob, an enormous hairy creature with huge teeth and long claws suddenly roars to his rescue. Is it the Big Hairy or just “scaredy bear” protecting his friend? Variations in font size and placement add dramatic emphasis throughout the text, while luminous, realistic color illustrations create a nocturnal atmosphere filled with shadows and fireflies. Expressive double-page close-ups of wee bunny and enormous bear bonding and doing “this and that” speak volumes about their budding friendship.
Warm, affirming story of friendship and overcoming fear. (Picture book. 3-6)