A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Violence & Scariness
It's pointed out that the wolf has sharp teeth and claws. Also, it eats animals, including the rabbit who is the main character. The next page offers an alternative, happier, and humorous ending.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the illustrations in this book are fascinating, as are the facts. However, both may scare more sensitive younger kids. Also, the main character, a book-reading rabbit, is humanized, then threatened by the carnivorous wolf. An alternative ending is offered that lightens the book up considerably.
Is It Any Good?
Readers will find themselves as engrossed as the rabbit by the growing suspense in this book. Page by page, the innocent child-like creature is walking closer to danger. And the exquisite drawings definitely add to the drama. Always in black and white pencil, the wolf is drawn as a salivating, sharp-toothed, chop-licking predator, who is just waiting for the right moment, and gets his chance. The rabbit is a long-eared, friendly, beige-colored cutie who doesn't have a clue about what he's walking into.
The author's assurance that no rabbit was harmed in the making of this book, and her alternative ending in which both become friends, may be a comfort to some readers who find themselves horrified at the ending. Others may appreciate the witty, dry humor of the first version, and want to stick with it. Either way, this is a unique book, full of small clever details, fascinating art, and a story that most kids, especially the less sensitive ones, will enjoy.
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