Don't Go Near That Rabbit, Frank!

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9780060215149: Don't Go Near That Rabbit, Frank!

Philip Russell Jenkins and his sister, Kooch, have a big problem. The crotchety farmer next door, Old Man Hoover, has threatened to shoot their beloved dog, Frank, dead on the spot if he ever catches him near his prize rabbit. One stormy night, Frank brings that rabbit home . . . between his teeth. Philip and Kooch must think up a scheme, and think it up fast, in order to save Frank from Old Man Hoover’s wrath.

With a voice reminiscent of Scout’s in To Kill a Mockingbird, Pam Conrad’s retelling of this funny campfire favorite is masterful. Magnificent artwork by Mark English evokes steamy summer days gone by.

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Pam Conrad is the beloved author of dozens of works for children, including the picture books The Tub People, The Tub Grandfather, and Call Me Ahnighito, all illustrated by Richard Egielski, and most recently, Animal Lullabies, illustrated by Richard Cowdrey. Her award-winning novels include Stonewords, My Daniel, Prairie Songs, and her last, Zoe Rising. She lived in Rockville Centre, NY.

This is Mark English's stunning picture book debut. A Society of Illustrator’s Gold Medalist, he lives in Liberty, MO.

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When Philip and his sister, Kooch, get a puppy named Frank, crotchety Old Man Hoover next door issues a warning: "If that dog comes anywhere near my prize rabbit, I'll load my rifle and shoot him dead." The aged rabbit, Peter, is virtually all that the Hoovers have left of their 50-year-old farm, now the site of a newly developed neighborhood. The late Conrad (The Tub People) propels the plot with penetrating language ("a smile crept across [Hoover's] face and looked as awkward there as fine china on a barbecue table") as she expertly builds the momentum toward the inevitable conflict. One day, when Frank insists on going out in a heavy rainstorm, the children let him out on his own, and he returns with Peter dead in his mouth. Terrified of Old Man Hoover's rifle, Philip comes up with a plan to surreptitiously return the rabbit to its hutch. Later they learn that Peter was already dead and buried when Frank found him, and that their unintentional resurrection has completely mystified the Hoovers. Debut illustrator English's dense paintings?10 in all?mostly envelop Philip and Kooch in a soft, nostalgic haze; the only sharply focused painting (also used on the jacket) is composed in such a way as to emphasize the vulnerability of the old rabbit. Suspenseful and thought-provoking, this carefully crafted animal story shows people not exactly at their best, but at their most human. Ages 5-9.
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