Ready Rabbit Gets Ready!

Ready Rabbit Gets Ready! photos by Chuck Kennedy. 32p. Viking. Feb. 2015. RTE $16.99. ISBN 9780670015498; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780698150652. LC 2014015656.
K-Gr 2—It's time for Ready Rabbit to get ready for school, but his imagination keeps getting the best of him. Momma calls to remind him to brush his teeth, eat his breakfast, and pack his school bag, but he'd rather build a spaceship, chase down bad guys in the Old West, or ride his imaginary motorcycle. Finally, "Ready Rabbit is ready for anything!" and he heads off to school. Maloney crafted her title character from a sock, and the artwork features him in posed photographs with various toys and accessories against a white background. This lends itself well to storytime crafts, and young readers are likely to find the pictures entertaining, particularly the photos of Ready Rabbit in his underwear, "going potty," and squirting toothpaste all over the floor. The photography may also appeal to fans of books like Rebecca Dudley's Hank Finds an Egg (Peter Pauper, 2013), though Ready Rabbit lacks the dreamy quality and detailed workmanship found in Hank. Children and families for whom morning routines are a struggle will especially appreciate the story, but while amusing, it is not an essential purchase.—Lauren Strohecker, McKinley Elementary School, Abington School District, PA
Despite Mama's urging to get ready for school, Ready Rabbit gets distracted by his imaginative play, including stints as a pirate, astronaut, superhero, and Wild West stagecoach driver. The photographic illustrations are an odd but mildly amusing juxtaposition of Ready Rabbit (a sock puppet) and incongruous dollhouse furniture set against white pages. Mama's off-panel dialogue keeps Ready Rabbit center stage.

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