One Runaway Rabbit
David Metzenthen and Mairead Murphy
Allen & Unwin
One pet rabbit.
One tiny mouse.
One broken fence.
One dark night.
One hungry fox.
Uh oh! The chase is on. Surely this night of freedom and exploration isn’t to be rabbit’s last.
Using minimal text David Metzenthen has created a suburban adventure full of suspense. In combination with Mairead Murphy’s splendid illustrations that manage to capture both the endearing nature of the rabbit and its curiosity the book becomes a real page turner that has pretty much everything one could ask of a book for the young: a thoroughly satisfying story that helps develop visual literacy as well as being one that beginning readers can read for themselves after an initial sharing with an adult during which they can make predictions.
In addition there are changes of pace and a variety of viewpoints including a bird’s eye map
and things to make youngsters laugh
as well as hold their breath. Make sure you read from endpaper to endpaper too.
A must have for anywhere – home or educational setting – where adults want to help youngsters develop as real readers.