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A is for Another Rabbit
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Hannah Batsel is an artist and writer who has the unbelievable luck of making books for a living. She began by learning letterpress printing, which is a way of rearranging tiny alphabet blocks into stories and stamping them into paper. She lives in Chicago with her black rabbit, Tully, who comes up with all of her best ideas. A Is for Another Rabbit is her debut picture book. Hannah Batsel is an artist and writer who has the unbelievable luck of making books for a living. She began by learning letterpress printing, which is a way of rearranging tiny alphabet blocks into stories and stamping them into paper. She lives in Chicago with her black rabbit, Tully, who comes up with all of her best ideas. A Is for Another Rabbit is her debut picture book.

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An obsessed narrator creates an alphabet book overrun with rabbits, much to the chagrin of an owl who wants to create a 'proper, respectable' alphabet book. The picture book begins, 'A is for A rabbit, ' an illustration of a large brown rabbit taking up most of the recto. The owl protagonist--presumably the co-creator of the book--points out that 'rabbit' begins with 'R.' 'Yes, but a rabbit starts with A, ' says the narrator, before moving on to 'B is for bunny, ' which, as the owl points out, is just another name for rabbit. Despite the owl's mounting frustration, the narrator genially narrates several rabbits into existence on almost every single page, rendered with such variety that readers will find their proliferation endlessly amusing. The letter D, for instance, introduces readers to 'delightful, dynamic, daredevil RABBITS!' (a herd of biker rabbits), and although the narrator says 'E is for Elephant' (which momentarily satisfies the owl), the image depicts several rabbits poorly disguised as an elephant. Much to the owl's chagrin and, ultimately, exhaustion, the narrator grows more and more creative in their presentation of their favorite animal as the picture book proceeds down a rabbit hole of...well, rabbits! Batsel's debut picture book for readers already familiar with the English alphabet is funny and highly entertaining. The whimsical narrative and the colorful images make this an excellent elementary-age read-aloud.Creative, comedic, and carrot-loads of fun.--starred, Kirkus Reviews

-- "Journal" (2/1/2020 12:00:00 AM)

Straitlaced Dr. Owl expects the ABC book he's reading to be 'respectable' and 'proper.' His confidence dissolves when he learns that 'A is for A rabbit.' When he objects, he is corrected by the book's sassy offstage narrator. Subsequent letters do no go much better, as b is for 'Bunny' and c is for 'Can you believe how many rabbits are on this page? Count them!' Dr. Owl attempts to steer the book back to normalcy but is stymied with each new letter. The narrator acknowledges him ('O is for Oops! I didn't mean to disturb you. It's just difficult to control so many overzealous, obstreperous rabbits'), but the rabbits continue in their energetic escapades. The rhyming alphabetic text zips right along with an increasing number of rabbits in settings of all types--from an art gallery to a stage (with 'Xylophone rabbits and rabbits on drums!') to other dynamic spots. Acrylic and black-ink illustrations reverberate with energy as rabbits and Dr. Owl ricochet, rebound, run, and ride across pages, breaking just as many borders and frames as they do alphabetical rules. 'Dynamic' and 'delightful, ' Bastel's rollicking picture-book debut will be a surefire success at story hour.--The Horn Book Magazine

-- "Journal" (5/1/2020 12:00:00 AM)

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