JEAN REIDY is also the author of "Too Purpley," "Too Pickley," and" Too Princessy." She's been told that a naughty little kid lurks somewhere inside her-and she takes that as a compliment. She lives in Colorado with her husband and four children. www.jeanreidy.comLEO TIMMERS has written and illustrated several books for children including "Who is Driving?" and the award-winning "Happy with Me." He lives in Belgium with his wife and daughter. www.leotimmers.com
A rabbit toddler surveys the bustle and occasional comic chaos of his beloved town from the vantage point of a buggy being pushed by his mother. Timmers's (The Magical Life of Mr. Renny) work possesses the exaggerated goofiness and hipster-retro edge of contemporary animation, and he revels in riffing on Reidy's (Too Princessy!) simple, cataloguelike rhymes ("Shopping, sacking,/ sorting, stacking-/ rows so nice and neat./ School bells ringing./ Reading, singing,/ friends to meet and greet"). The bright, saturated acrylic environments are densely and vibrantly populated with animal characters in an expansive variety of roles (a guitar-playing gorilla teacher, an ursine tourist in a Hawaiian shirt, a crocodile short-order cook flipping flapjacks); their energy, both potential and unleashed, and their eager, saucerlike eyes convey a sense of carpe diem bordering on manic. With spreads jam-packed with detail and event-as the action moves from home to bustling sidewalks, past traffic jams and into the hospital (for a visit) and the library-it's an undeniable feast for the eyes. Up to age 5. Author's agent: Erin Murphy, Erin Murphy Literary Agency. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.