By Hannah Batsel
Published on April 7, 2020
As the owner of an adorable and mischievous rabbit, I proudly support the message that this book brings: Rabbits are awesome.
Owl with a briefcase (no name is given for this character) is a firm believer in following appropriate “A is for …” rules, such as ‘apple’ or ‘astronaut’. But no matter how hard he tries Owl can’t convince the narrator of the alphabet to stay on task. Letter after letter the narrator finishes the sentence with a phrase related to rabbits. Rabbits. Rabbits. Rabbits. What really makes this book fun is the end of the sentence doesn’t always end quickly, but instead becomes a long, rambling sentence about rabbits. Other times there isn’t a sentence at all, but a question instead (about rabbits, of course).
Poor Owl, the more tries to get the narrator to perform the alphabet correctly, the more he fails. The more he fails to navigate the alphabet back to something normal the more exhausted and worn out he gets. The pictures really bring this to life as we get the visual image of how dizzy he’s feeling on the inside. Not to mention that the rabbits leap off every page increasing in number as the book goes on.
Overall, I think young kids will really get a good laugh out of the book while learning the alphabet. The pictures are fun and there is a lot of activity within the pictures with a lot of “look at what that one is doing” opportunities.
Rating: 4.5 stars
Thanks to Netgalley and Lerner Publishing Group for the advanced reader copy and opportunity to provide an honest review.
A rabbit-obsessed narrator makes an owl increasingly irate by refusing to play by the rules of a conventional alphabet book. Every entry is about bunnies, from “delightful, dynamic, daredevil rabbits” to “xylophone rabbits and rabbits on drums!” Readers will pore over scenes of bunnies at the circus, in a tiny town, at the museum, even in a motorcycle gang. Author-illustrator Hannah Batsel takes readers on a delightful romp through the alphabet and keeps them laughing all the way to the ridiculously fun conclusion.