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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. LEO 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.


PreS-K-A mother rabbit takes her baby for a walk in a buggy. The eventful trip begins early in the morning, and they pass a garden, shops, the train station, and a school yard. They stop for breakfast, mail a letter, visit someone in a hospital, and read a story outside a library. The rhyming text bounces along with an abundance of action words. Reidy's playfulness is somewhat similar to her style in Too Pickley! (2010) and Too Purpley! (2010, both Bloomsbury). Timmers's fun, double-page acrylics creatively illustrate the vocabulary: "Pancakes flipping," a fire hydrant "spraying," an ambulance "dashing," and the pictures have lots of humorous details for youngsters to spot, like a snake balancing a cupcake on its back and a giraffe skipping rope. This spirited picture book is as much fun to browse through as it is to read, and it could spark classroom discussions about neighborhoods and community workers.-Lynn Vanca, Freelance Librarian, Akron, OH (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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.

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