Author: Tim Beiser
Illustrator: Bil Slavin
Publisher: Tundra Books (NY)
Goodreads Synopsis: Do you ever feel like everything is terrible? Like nothing is ever right and you just want to hide under your pillow? Well Rabbit does, and he’s not shy about sharing it. He whines, he complains, he moans, he grumps… until Bear has had enough and decides it’s time for Rabbit to learn to appreciate what he has. Using nothing but the lowly common earthworm as an example, he teaches Rabbit a lesson about taking things for granted. Something the worm knows all about…
Written in charming verse and featuring a delightfully domestic bear and a very surly rabbit, There, There is a fantastic tongue-in-cheek riff on the idea that -it could be worse…
There was a cuteness about this book that had me wanting to read it right away. My daughter sat down and we both wholeheartedly wanted to love it, but it wasn’t a win for either of us. It was a story with good meaning and the characters were of course very cute. And when it starts on a rainy day, that is always a plus.
As I read on, I could tell it was going to be about much more than having a fun day, that of a hare who complains about everything. We both enjoyed the first few pages and the illustrations that were added to the text, but as it went on it felt a little much. My daughter loves books of all kinds and is usually really good about participating and wanting to reach the end. This was one of those that she found wanting to walk away half way through.
There is a good story here, about enjoying all the great things that are around us, and not always being a downer about everything. We got right behind that and my daughter got it right away, but it moved on longer than I felt she was willing to hear after arriving to the same conclusion much quicker than the ending. The repetitiveness in this book didn’t really work for her or me, but not because it isn’t good, we just aren’t very fond of the continuous rhyming parts.
I did love the meaning behind this story, as well as the illustrations. I know that it would be a great lesson book for many and the added part with the worm gave it an extra nice touch to all of it. I kind of wished the worm was in more in the book, but I understand it was about hare and his lack of happy feels. I will add, bear is such a great friend to have heard out hare all that time and had all that patience with him, good thing hare understood his wrongs at the end.
***I received this copy from Tundra Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***