The Magic Rabbit* written and illustrated by Annette LeBlanc Cate is a wonderful story about the friendship between a magician named Ray and his rabbit Bunny. Partners in business and life, Ray and Bunny have a very special friendship. They enjoy doing everything together from preparing for magic shows to watching television and sharing a favorite snack (popcorn).
One busy Saturday afternoon, Ray and Bunny are performing their usual magic show when things go terribly wrong. In all the confusion, Bunny finds himself lost in a big, busy and unfamiliar city.
Just when all hope is almost lost, Bunny comes across some spilled popcorn and while enjoying this delectable snack, he notices something that might just lead him back to his best friend, Ray.
The Magic Rabbit is the perfect picture books for kids ages 3-8. The black and white drawings are punctuated with small pops of gold. The illustrations evoke strong emotions and capture the feel of a large, busy city perfectly. The story is told through a series of panels that resemble a comic and support the simple text perfectly.
Young readers will enjoy taking a closer look at the illustrations and talking about what they notice. The first few pages that are set in Ray and Bunny’s home is packed with details of their lives together. There are plenty of opportunities to consider how the characters are feeling and what the reader can learn about them as characters, for example Bunny is persistent and doesn’t give up on finding his friend Ray.
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*I received a complimentary copy of The Magic Rabbit in exchange for my honest review.