Monday, 2 July 2018

Poor Little Rabbit by Jorg Muhle (Children's, Picture book, Board Book, 10E/10E)

March 2018, Gecko Press, 20 pages, Board Book, Review copy 

Summary from Gecko Press
 Oh no, Little Rabbit has hurt his arm. And there’s blood! Can you help him? Blow gently three times, try a plaster, a rhyme, but he’s still crying… Let’s give his ears a stroke and wipe his tears. There, all better! Off you go, Little Rabbit!

Nayu's thoughts 
As soon as I saw the cover I went awwwww over this book - isn't Little Rabbit adorable? The cover is certainly heart melting material, and the rest of the illustrations are even cuter! I like the concept of the story which is to show what happens when you hurt yourself. There's a comical air to the story which had me laughing away at how sorrowful Little Rabbit was when he saw the blood - getting hurt isn't funny, but I feel this book shows that it's ok to get hurt, everyone does, and it's not the end of the world, and often isn't that serious even if it seems like it at the time. 

I know for children any blood is a worrying sign. The interaction between the reader and the book makes it all the more realistic, and probably mimics what the reader will experience when they hurt themselves, as well as providing a framework for them to use if they haven't yet fallen over. The simple page backgrounds help focus more on what's happening to Little Rabbit, and it's a sturdy book (most board books are) so can be read almost infinitely so long as little hands don't wreck the book too badly. I'm sure it will survive if any saliva gets on it when readers blow on Little Rabbit's injury-I'm not being gross, I'm being realistic because some really young readers don't always know how to blow without including saliva particles. 

Suggested read
I haven't read any other of Jorg's books, but other books which explain situations to readers include   Going Swimming and Going to Playschool by Sarah Garland (Children’s, Picture book, 9/10, short 'n' sweet review) 

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