The Black Rabbit
Written and Illustrated by Philippa Leathers
Candlewick Press, 2013. Unpaged picture book.
When Rabbit wakes up one sunny morning, he is alarmed to see that a big, Black Rabbit is following him. He tells it to go away, but the Black Rabbit doesn't budge. The Black Rabbit is also hot on Rabbit's tail as he tried to run away. For a brief moment, Rabbit is alone as he swims across the river, but the Black Rabbit is still there when he reaches shore. When Rabbit runs into the deep, dark forest, the Black Rabbit doesn't follow, but then Wolf appears and chases him through the woods. When they are out in the sunshine, Wolf is scared off by the sight of the Black Rabbit appearing menacingly behind Rabbit once again. Ah, a happy ending. This picture book is a clever read aloud, and kids will love being in on the shadow-joke. It is an adventurous tale, but- thanks to the sweet watercolor illustrations- not too scary for little ones.