Here’s my Perfect Picture Book Friday choice:
Written by Candace Ryan
Illustrated by Mike Lowery
Walker & Company, 2011
Suitable for: Ages 3 to 5
Themes/Topics: Friendship, Fighting, Sharing
Opening Line: Frog and Bunny are best friends. Ribbit Rabbit. Rabbit Ribbit.
Synopsis: Frog and Bunny are the best of friends, even though sometimes they get into fights.
Link to Resources: This Friendship Activities board on Pinterest has several activities. To discuss the importance of friends, go here. There are coloring sheets on Candace Ryan’s website.
Why I Like this Book: I found Ribbit Rabbit by accident. My son likes to play games on the computers at the library and this was on display on a back wall. The cute frog, bunny and robot on the cover made me pick it up. The first page hooked me. By the second page, I knew my son would like this one. A Kirkus Reviews, starred review of this book begins like this: “The rhythmic, onomatopoeic text is a pretty music, the kind of song you’d sing in the dark to lift your spirits.” The book really scores a 10 — that being the best — on read out loud fun.
It also looks like the author Candace Ryan and Mike Lowery have teamed up for another title called Moo Hoo (2012) — the story of a cow and owl.
For more PPBF selections, visit Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog.
Cool, another friendship story. Very cute and I can just see you and your son reading through this one. Great cover too. Thanks Stacy. (ps: love your new look here. I came here via your email link this time instead of Susanna’s and didn’t realise you had a total new look) Cool!
Thanks Diane. It is a fun book.
Catherine Johnson says
This sounds very cute and funky. Moo Hoo too what a hoot.
I have Moo Hoo on my library list Catherine. Sometimes, I find myself adding books to my library list before I even read all the other PPBF selections.
Cathy Ballou Mealey says
Yay! My library has this book, so I put it on reserve. Thanks for stumbling into a fun find!
I hope you like it Cathy.
Julie Rowan-Zoch says
MUST see this! Thanks, Enzo and Stacy!
Hope you find it Julie. It’s a fun one. I still need to check out the illustrator’s site. His bio lists him as an illustrator prof.
I’ll be checking this one out. Thanks for telling me about it.
I hope you enjoy it Rosi!
Patricia Tilton says
Sometimes the “by accident books” are the best finds — you’ve done that before. This sounds very entertaining for young children. The author does some unusual pairings. Also love the idea of the cow and owl. Will be checking out both books. Am interestesed in unusual stories.
I hope you find it Patricia. It’s a fun one.
Wendy Greenley says
Ribbit rabbit, rabbit ribbit is fun to say! Thank your librarian for putting this up for you to find and share with us!
We’ve been thanking the librarians A LOT lately!
9 times out of 10 I predict your choice from the title. 🙂 What a cooool opening line!
Yes. Enzo and I could be a bit predictable in our choices! It’s a clever one.
Susanna Leonard Hill says
This is a great one, isn’t Stacy? I’m glad you’ve added it to the list!
It is a fun one Susanna.
Beth Stilborn says
This looks like great fun! I must check out the cow and owl combo, as well. Thanks, Stacy!
I haven’t received my copy of cow and owl yet. I anticipate more fun!
Emily Lim says
You had me at the title alone! I love friendship stories. Will be checking this out!
We like friendship stories too … and ones that talk about sharing are even better.
Sue Heavenrich says
this sounds like pure word fun. Definitely going to have to find a copy.
It is pure-word fun.
Rhythmic onomatopoeia sold me!
Kirsten Larson says
Very clever! And the good news is…my library has it, and I was able to put it on hold. Thanks Stacy!
Hope you enjoy it Kirsten.
Teresa Robeson says
It looks adorable! Sometimes the best finds are the accidental ones. 🙂
Our library (well, all libraries) are good at helping us find these gems.
Joanne Roberts says
OK. Ribbit Rabbit. I wish I’d thought of that. 🙂
Yes. It’s a clever one Joanne!
Penny Parker Klostermann says
Looks so cute!!! I can see why the cover made you pick it up 🙂