Big Bunny is a beautiful picture book about – you guessed it – a big bunny! This book is designed for ages 2- ?, well I can’t think of anybody who wouldn’t love this book, regardless of age. The illustrator, Colleen Rand, is a member of my SCBWI critique group, but please don’t think I’m prejudiced. Colleen has been a professional artist for years, and has been awarded prizes in juried art shows. This is her first book for children.
Big Bunny is born in the Spring into a group of Easter Bunnies. Like other Easter Bunnies, she likes to play and romp over the countryside and paint Easter eggs. But she has a BIG problem; it’s her size. She accidentally crushes eggs and baskets when she joins in the work of preparing for Easter. Rather than ruin Easter for everyone, Big Bunny runs away.
Anyone who has ever felt different or awkward or inadequate will relate to Big Bunny’s problem; the story has substance to it. The authors, Betsygail Rand and Colleen Rand have all the other Easter Bunnies search and find the run-away and put their heads together—in the most clever way—and solve the problem. The answer is cooperation and community.
Big Bunny uses her difference to help the other Easter Bunnies deliver baskets and eggs. Children wake happy on Easter Morning to find their baskets filled with colorful eggs.
Big Bunny will be launched on January 11, 2011, by its publisher, Tricycle Press, and will be available for $14.93 (Canada: $17.99). I was fortunate to see a pre-production copy of the picture book and I heartily recommend it to all parents and grandparents of small children and anyone who loves a good story with lovely pictures.
Buy Big Bunny at the Random House site: http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9781582463766
Or Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Big-Bunny-Colleen-Rand/dp/158246376X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1289230240&sr=8-1
This is Big Bunny’s own web site: http://www.bigbunny.net