by Tim Beiser, illustrated by Bill Slavin
Tundra Books, 2017
As half the work of a picture book is the illustrations, this book’s textured, rich acrylic pictures, kept me turning the pages, again and again. I was not familiar with Bill Slavin‘s books, but I’m reading them now. A Canadian artist, he’s won numerous awards.
The text, written in well-done rhyme also pulled me in. The story features a whiney rabbit who complains of just about everything, and a patient bear who accepts his friend’s quirks up to a point. Tired of all his complaining, he marches his friend out and show’s him an earthworm who spends all his time in dirt, has no arms or legs and gets happy when he mistakes his own rear end for a friend! Fortunately, rabbit gets it, and suddenly the day turns warm. But the worm, tossed into the dirt was insulted! The story ends on a humorous note in perfect rhyme.
A fresh story with a good lesson.