OK- I admit it! I was really worried that the second book about Rabbit and Bear would not live up to my EXTREMELY high expectations having read the first one, Rabbit and Bear: Rabbit's Bad Habits' (shortlisted for the 2016 NSTBA, review here)
However, I needn't have worried! This little volume is every bit as delicious as the first!
The illustrations are fabulous, adding to the humour and joy of reading the story. Rabbit continues to be cantankerous, finding fault with all around him. Bear's snoring, Tortoise being there, Woodpecker's tapping- everything makes him angry. It takes the help of his calm and relaxed friend, Bear, to help him stop fighting himself and accept things.
We all have 'those' days- the ones where nothing seems to go right and everything seems at odds. Today would be one of those days for me! And it really helps on those days to remember that if we can't control everything around us, we can control ourselves and our reactions to things.
And this is the conclusion Rabbit comes to ...
'I shall stop thinking of it as a Nasty Noise. I shall think of it instead as a nice, friendly reminder that my friend Bear is nearby.'
And suddenly, the sound, without changing at all, made Rabbit feel all warm and happy.
The story is great for discussing our reactions to things- and although it won't change the world -might help children to recognise themselves in Rabbit and while laughing at his antics, take another look at their own!
Bear and Rabbit: The Pest in the Nest by Julian Gough, illustrated by Jim Field
Hodder Children's ISBN: 978-1444934267