Walker & Company, Hardcover, 9780802721808, 32pp.
Publication Date: February 1, 2011
Frog and Bunny are best friends. RIBBIT, RABBIT They do everything together, like fight monsters (ZIP IT, ZAP IT ). And even though they get in fights sometimes-YIP IT, YAP IT -they always make up in the end.
"Ribbit, Rabbit" features an effortlessly clever text that, in less than 150 words, captures the ups and downs of young friendships. Combined with adorably hip and fresh illustrations and an irresistible package, "Ribbit, Rabbit" is the perfect choice for the youngest of readers.
Mike Lowery is an illustrator and fine artist whose work has been seen in galleries and publications internationally. Mike is the illustrator of "Moo Hoo" and "Ribbit Rabbit" by Candace Ryan;" The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School" by Laura Murray; and the Doctor Proctor s Fart Powder novels by Jo Nesbo. Currently he is a professor of illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, Georgia, where he lives with a lovely German frau, Katrin, and his super genius daughter, Allister. Visit him at MikeLowery.com.
"The rhythmic, onomatopoeic text is a pretty music, the kind of song you’d sing in the dark to lift your spirits. Equally joyful and engaging—and that’s a tall order—is Lowery’s artwork. It has a childlike, elemental tone, with neat planes of color, but it is wonderfully, touchingly emotive. Best of all, Frog and Bunny have the radiant good cheer of a sock monkey, a mingling of the ridiculous with the sublime for a spellbinding effect."—Kirkus Reviews
“This gentle examination of the ups and downs of friendship offers a thoughtful lesson on admitting error and seeking resolution, and listeners will applaud the twosome’s success in working through their problem.”—BCCB
"What makes Ryan’s text unique is its simplicity... This economy of language makes it ideal for reading aloud or for beginning readers. However, the illustrations marry well with the text, and fill in the narrative where the writing leaves it open."—School Library Journal