Sunday, March 7, 2010

Hop! by Phyllis Root

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Hop! by Phyllis Root, illustrated by Holly Meade, totally hopped right into my heart. There's so much action packed into this little board book. From playing together, running, hiding, and finally munching lunch, these bunnies are full of charm.

Phyllis' rhythmic text zooms as quickly as the bunnies themselves:

Baby bunnies
bump and bumble.
Cottontails take a tumble.

Paired with Holly's warm watercolor and collage, these bunnies are absolutely endearing. The characters are not overdone bland figures, but rather, they are unique shapes in diverse positions. In the entire book, only one bunny smiles directly at the reader, which creates a more realistic tone.

What a great match between these two artists for your totz. Pick up Hop! and be ready to do so yourself.

Hop!
by Phyllis Root
illustrated by Holly Meade
Candlewick Press, 2010

3 comments:

Joan Holub said...

How fun to see this new board book from the prolific and talented Phyllis Root, author of Flip, Flap, Fly; One Duck Stuck; and many other wonderful titles. The cover by Holly Meade (Caldecott Honor for Hush! A Thai Lullaby) is cute, energetic, and springy, and it makes me want to see more. Thanks for posting this Lorie Ann!

Playing by the book said...

Looks fun, and perfectly in time for Easter!

Lorie Ann Grover said...

Thanks!