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.
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.
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