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DEAR BUNNY by Katie Cotton


by Katie Cotton ; illustrated by Blanca Gómez

Pub Date: March 3rd, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-84780-685-7
Publisher: Frances Lincoln

A small child finds the best companionship in a toy bunny: animate, lively, and present always in both imagination and life.

The bunny asks, “What’s your favorite thing in the world?” The child responds by enumerating not one but many. The bunny helps the child find the right socks and blows on the oatmeal to cool it (the bunny likes toast and jam). They both like to play, and sometimes, they both like to watch. The child loves to look at the stars. “Someday we will count them all!” The child loves the bunny’s stories, too, sitting on a full-sized bed while the bunny reads aloud from its tiny bed with the carrot-patterned quilt. The digital and collage images are matte and flat, making wonderful use of pattern: a scattering of autumn leaves of many colors in the air and in a pile that the bunny jumps into; the square-tiled floors in the kitchen and bathroom; the profusion of stars on the last page. The child has a dark pageboy and a rosy-peach complexion. No adults appear, but a few other children do, with no obvious attempt to create a consciously diverse cast. The bunny, dressed only in shorts, does cartwheels on the front endpapers and wraps itself in the carrot quilt on the back.

A gentle and slightly surreal celebration of the bond between child and toy.

(Picture book. 4-7)