Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast Blog: "I love seeing Gág's artwork made available for the youngest of children."

An unfortunate accident with an Apple drives Bunny from Bunnyland to Elsewhere. Every letter in the alphabet is represented in Bunny’s journey, through what he eats (Greens), to whom he meets (Insects, Jay, Kitten, Lizard), and then a little sleep (Nap), to Tripping back to town, right side Up and Up-side-down.The original book is a tall one, and the board book, of course, is a much smaller trim size, one made for the hands of wee ones. (Let’s expose them to Wanda Gág’s artwork as soon as we can, yes?) The board book edition also does not include the score. Everything else is all Gág, all the way. Gág’s striking and eloquent lithographs take up much of these compositions, with the letters of the alphabet featured in a large red type and the text following them in a smaller, black type.

The story with its rhyming text, gently flowing, is about a bunny who goes from “snug-a-bed” to fleeing after an apple crashes near him. The bunny leaves Bunny Town for Elsewhere and meets all kinds of creatures on the journey — and back. The final spread, the “Y” and “Z” one, suddenly addresses reader in a direct way: “Y for You, take one last look / Z for Zero — close the book!” I love this abrupt switch.

And I love seeing Gág’s exquisite artwork made available for the youngest of children.

Read the review at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

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