JACK’S RABBIT by Yvonne Jagtenberg


Age Range: 6 - 8
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The timorous lad introduced in Jack the Wolf (not reviewed) gets a speaking part in his second appearance. Jack’s efforts to draw his pet rabbit come to naught as the restless bunny jumps out a window. After a long search, Jack tracks it down, but realizing that “rabbits do as they like,” he does not try to recapture it. Like the text, the pictures are spare and sparsely detailed; Jagtenberg colors in simple backgrounds with crayon, then for a layered effect superimposes more crisply drawn human and animal figures. Jack loses his hunched, lonely look when the rabbit voluntarily comes home with him, and falls asleep so that he can complete his picture. While certainly not a crowd-pleaser, the tale is appealingly atmospheric, and the idea that relationships need not be based on coercion is a worthy one to introduce. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-7613-1844-5
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Roaring Brook
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2003