cover image Mini Rabbit Is Not Lost

Mini Rabbit Is Not Lost

John Bond. Holiday House/Porter, $18.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-8234-4358-1

Jaunty digital artwork by newcomer Bond introduces Mini Rabbit and Mother Rabbit as they set out to make a cake; they’re compact, stylized black figures with slender snouts and enormous, unblinking eyes. As Mother Rabbit discovers that they’re out of berries, Mini Rabbit’s ears wilt. “I’ll find berries,” the little rabbit resolves. “Must have cake.” Off the child dashes, a tiny figure wearing a red knapsack sprinting across long, horizontal panels that make note of the distance covered. Mini Rabbit chants while running through a meadow (“Cake! Cake! Cake!”), ears alone visible above long grass. Landscapes change and adult animals kindly check in, but nothing stops Mini Rabbit from rowing across the sea to a lighthouse, scaling a mountain in a blizzard, and rappelling from a precipice. After the young bunny finds a single berry in a dark cave, a wonderful smell beckons him homeward. Everybody knows someone like Mini Rabbit, who forges ahead with wild optimism, oblivious to the sinking likelihood of success, and Bond’s debut wittily explores this attribute alongside the mismatch between Mini Rabbit’s quotidian desire for pastry and his momentous, world-spanning trek. Ages 3–7. [em](Oct.) [/em]