The creator of The Snow Day (2009), which explored a preschooler’s pining to experience the pleasures of new-fallen snow, here taps into the contradictory feelings of a young rabbit with a strong bond to Mommy even through those first assertions of independence. Once again, a slightly downturned mouth and tilt of the ears ingeniously serve as indicators of the youngster’s shifting moods. Through a series of panel illustrations and full-bleed, sometimes wordless spreads, readers gradually learn what’s at the root of the protagonist’s anger. “Komako Sakai gives voice to the desires and frustrations of a young child’s life,” says senior editor Cheryl Klein. “We loved her winning portrayal of protest and reconciliation, one that both parents and children will cheer.”
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Mad at Mommy
Levine/Scholastic / October / 9780545212090 / $16.99 / ages 3-7