Sato the Rabbit, the Moon

Enchanted Lion. (Sato the Rabbit: Bk. 2). Oct. 2021. 72p. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781592703067.
Gr 1-4–Haneru Sato, the most imaginative Japanese boy in a bunny suit to ever grace the page, returns. And who better to guide readers along a journey of absolute imagination? In a series of short stories, Sato explores nature and finds fantastic things. In “The Green Screw,” he twists a tender green sprout until a blooming forest rises up around him. “Falling Rain” sees Sato tie together the falling rain with ribbons and use the curtains of rainwater as drapery in a ballroom. And in “Fallen Leaves,” he rolls up leaves as if they are a red carpet and unfurls it at a wedding. The artwork is colorful and varied; the moon is especially beautiful, shining brightly in a buttery, warm yellow glow. Paired with the illustrations is succinct, crisp text. The language sparkles when onomatopoeia is employed. Each story ends with a little bunny emoji, a minute detail that adds to an already charming presentation.
VERDICT In Sato’s world, it’s not that nothing is what it seems; instead, everything is exactly what it seems to be when viewed from his unique perspective. A beautiful addition to all collections.

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