Written and Illustrated By: Annette LeBlanc Cate
Candlewick Press, 2007, Hardcover Version
Target Audience: Ages 4-8, although my 3 year old enjoys it
How We Discovered This Book: This book was among the Easter/Spring books at our library (perhaps because it has a rabbit in it, but it doesn’t really have anything to do with Easter or Spring).
Summary: Ray the Magician and his bunny assistant do everything together. When they are separated while performing on the city streets, bunny must try to find Ray before it gets dark.
What I Liked: It is a simple story, where children are rooting for the pair to get back together. There is enough suspense, without heavily manufactured “dangers.” The author/illustrator also has chosen to prepare the book completely in black and white, with the exception of some important gold stars. These illustrations really support the purity of the story.
What Did My Son Aidan Think? After repeated readings, Aidan discovered that Ray is in the background of many of the pictures where bunny is looking for him. Each time we read it, Aidan “finds” Ray, and many other hidden details in the rich illustrations. Aidan also loves the sweet ending. Aidan is now 6-1/2, so I would expect his interest in picture books to wane eventually, but I have been pleased to discover that he still loves the picture books that are of high quality in story, theme, and illustration.
Magic and Magician’s Rabbit Activities
Teaching Activities for learning words with a silent E (with the help of a magic rabbit)
Since this book has been “kid tested”, it must be good! I like the idea of B&W illustrations.
Have a refreshing summer, Katie. . . thanks for sharing this with us!
Yes, a good pick for sure, although I like almost all of Candlewick’s books. Aidan has good taste!
This is definitely an excellent pick. Excellent review. Like that the illustrations are black and white. Adds to the magic.
I love the sepia touch on the front cover. It’s a good sign that Aiden still loves this one!
This does seem like a classic. Simple, but with a few twists from both writer and illustrator. A beautiful choice for the last review before summer break! Thanks.
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