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Dog and Rabbit

Written & illustrated by Barney Saltzberg
Published by Charlesbridge
3.88 / 7.0
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Goodreads Rating - 3.6 / 5.0
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Oct 8, 2019
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What Does Bookroo Think of Dog and Rabbit

“This story about finding friendship sacrifices substance for simplicity.”

Dog is lonely and wants a friend. Rabbit is lonely and wants a friend. When Rabbit discovers a bunny cut-out on the fridge when peering through the window of Dog’s house, he frequently returns to visit and stare at the bunny through the window, hopping away as soon as Dog’s face pops up through the window. One day, upon finding the door open, Rabbit hops inside to discover that the bunny cut-out isn’t real, but Dog is and a friendship develops instantly. The simple story reads like an early reader book, more intent on using only simple words—and as few words as possible at that—than on creating a meaningful plot, and the basic illustrations, while cute and adequate, do nothing to raise the book’s energy or interest level. The large, blue letters incorporated in the illustration part of the page seem early on to designate some type of mini-chapter, but then bring only confusion when the same letters float in dogs window, changing from “Friend?” To “Friend”. The theme of loneliness and initially unrequited friendship being ultimately abolished by true friendship is a timeless one, and the final tableau of Rabbit and Dog smiling at each other has all of the same feel-goods as their cloud-version caper in the sky, but overall, the execution falls flat.

What's Dog and Rabbit About

Publisher Summary

Dog is okay being alone, but sometimes he’s lonely. Rabbit is okay being alone, but would like a friend. Both discover that finding a friend is harder than it seems. When Dog spots Rabbit, however, he thinks his waiting days are over. But a more magnetic character has drawn Rabbit’s attention.

In four vignettes with deceptively simple illustrations that will tug at heartstrings, this tale of unrequited love and an unlikely relationship triangle explores the twists and turns of affection and friendship.

What Kind of Book is Dog and Rabbit

Quotes from Dog and Rabbit

  • “Dog was fine being alone. But sometimes Dog was lonely. Dog wanted a friend.”
  • “Now Dog still waits for Rabbit. Dog smiles. And Rabbit . . . smiles back.”

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • Dog and Rabbit both want a friend, and in the end become friends with each other. How can you tell if someone needs a friend? How can you communicate when you need a friend?

  • This book is all about friendship. What makes someone a good friend?

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Mom of three little boys who love books about dragons, whangdoodles and magic.
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Who Wrote Dog and Rabbit

author & illustrator
Barney Saltzberg

Barney Saltzberg is the author of more than 30 books for children, including <i>Beautiful Oops!</i>, <i>My Book of Beautiful Oops!, Good Egg</i> and the bestselling <i>Touch and Feel Kisses</i> series. Additionally, he’s recorded four albums of songs for children. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, two dogs, and a pond full of fish.

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Barney Saltzberg's Book Dedication

For Andrea Wolman, my lifelong friend

What Do Critics Say About Dog and Rabbit

  • “The colors, sparse illustrations, and predictable plot make this a satisfactory beginning book about friendship for young children.”

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  • “Saltzberg’s reprised phrases and art, in smudgy greens and blues, are likely to reassure young readers feeling uncertain about making a new acquaintance.”

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Book Details

Publication Date:
October 8, 2019
Text Details:
Display set in Changing by PintassilgoPrints, text type set in Rabbits Bro by Piñata.
Illustration Details:
Illustrations were made using Kyle Brushes in Photoshop, drawn on a Wacom Cintiq.
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