Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Read, Read, Read said the Baby: Small Bunny's Blue Blanket by Tatyana Feeney

This review was previously published. It has been rewritten and edited.

I didn't care for this in picture book format, when I looked at it earlier, but I actually really liked it as a board book.

Small Bunny takes Blue Blanket everywhere. In fact, they have so many adventures together that they both need a bath. At least, Mommy thinks so, even if Small Bunny doesn't agree. And when Blue Blanket finally comes out of the wash, it's not Blue Blanket at all anymore. But after lots more playing, he's as good as before.

The art is very simple. Small Bunny is a simple pen outline, with a scribbled tail. Blue Blanket is a swatch of blue color. There are a few lightly sketched pieces of furniture but the only other character is Small Bunny's mother. One subtle detail - the blanket wraps around to the back of the cover which is completely covered in blue. The board book is a small square, about 5 by 5 inches.

Verdict: The abstract illustrations work much better in the smaller format and the simple story is better-suited for the younger board book audience than in a picture book. Recommended if you're purchasing additional titles for your board book collection.

ISBN: 9780385753630; Published 2012 by Alfred A. Knopf/Random House: Review copy provided by publisher; Donated to the library

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