cover image One Busy Bunny

One Busy Bunny

Robie Rogge, illus. by August Ro. Little Simon, $7.99 (12p) ISBN 978-1-66590-376-9

“One Busy Bunny has a job today:/ A basket full of eggs to give away.” A long-eared brown bunny delivers holiday happiness to animal friends in this rhyming novelty board book that’s shaped like a rabbit. Captured with smooth, painterly strokes, a crowded pond scene shows a frog hugging an orange decorated egg atop a lily pad, and a brown snake coils around its gift, while Bunny leaps off the page’s edge. Next, a verdant garden view shows the rabbit distributing eggs to “chipmunks and bees,/ butterflies on flowers and birds in the trees,” while a farm scene shows colored eggs being left at the feet of larger, only partially visible, stable creatures. When a fellow hare hops up to reciprocate Bunny’s kindness, it’s a chance to say, “Happy Easter!” A gently hoppy tale just right for tucking into Easter baskets. Ages 1–5. (Feb.)