February 28, 2019


We're in the sweet spot of waiting for winter to end and spring to start, so it's the perfect time for The Little Rabbit by Nicola Killen. 

Ollie and her friend bunny have been waiting for spring to arrive for a very long time. When the sun finally comes, Ollie puts on her rain boots, grabs her bunny doll, and heads out, ready to jump into puddles and play in the water. But a whoosh of wind goes by, turning doll bunny into an actual bunny! Before she knows it, Ollie is off on the adventure of a lifetime.

Killen incorporates gold foiling and die-cuts into her illustrations very organically. The foil is mostly reserved for a set of magical leaves that blows past the two friends, turning the doll into a real bunny, accompanying the two on their adventures, and eventually turning the bunny back into a doll. The die-cuts serve as windows, cave openings, and houses, often generating small glimpses of the gold foiling to come. The primarily gray and yellow color palette sits well with the rainy setting, as does the use of watercolor-esque media.

The Little Rabbit published from Paula Wiseman Books earlier this month.

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  1. Straight off, I love the limited pallet colors in this book and love the way magic is included through the gold leaves. Genius! I hope my library owns a copy or can bring one in for me. This looks like a super-sweet story. Thanks for sharing this book.

  2. If you don't see one there, you should definitely mention it to your librarian! All of Nicola's books are as sweet as this one :) You'll love it!