Picture Book Review: Rabbit and Bear

Rabbit's Bad Habits by Julian Gough
Rabbit’s Bad Habits 
by Julian Gough (Author), Jim Field (Illustrator)

5 out of 5 stars on GoodReads

Bear is peacefully sleeping through the winter when she is awakened by a thief stealing her stockpile of food. She stumbles out of her cave into the snow, and decides that as long as she’s awake, she might as well build a snowman. The cranky Rabbit is determined to build a bigger, better snowman on the neighboring hill, but when the ravenous Wolf shows up, Rabbit’s plans take a dangerous turn when he can’t get back to his safe burrow.
Who stole all of Bear’s food? How will Rabbit get to safety? Who will win the snowman-building competition? And the most important question of all, can a Bear and Rabbit really become friends?
This hilarious picture book has so many wild twists and unexpected turns, I was never quite sure what would happen next. The whimsical characters are brought to life with playful illustrations and snappy dialogue.

I love the mild color-scheme of the pictures, and how some details are drawn very sharp and clear, and others are softened in the background. It’s a really beautiful art style, and enhances the story by drawing attention to the characters expressions and actions. You can almost touch the cold of the snow, and squint in the glare of the sun, and feel the annoyance of Rabbit, or the curiosity of Bear. The illustrations are powerful and emotive, but feel light and silly and fun.

The plot is not at all what I expected! It’s so much more comical and weird and lively than I could ever have envisioned. It took me by surprise on every page, and I kept thinking, Oh, I need to read this with my niece, because she would adore it!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publishers in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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