Rabbit and Bear: A Bite In The Night

Rabbit thinks the trees in the valley are flying south for winter, but Bear is sure that trees can’t fly. So where are the trees going? Something mysterious is going on! Meanwhile, a new animal is making his presence known and he has very different ideas on what is best for the valley from everyone else.

This is the fourth adventure of Bear and Rabbit and they make a great team, working together to solve the mystery. It is not necessary to have read the previous books to enjoy this one. The writing from Julian Gough is sharp, smart and funny, with lots of heart that keeps you turning the pages. Some classic lines include ‘I don’t want to live underwater, fish pee there’. The story and main protagonist are treated with an enormous amount of sensitivity, understanding and compromise that result in growth for all the characters. But the sharp humour keeps it well-grounded and does not stray into a cloying morality message.

Illustrations from Jim Field as always are gorgeous. Fans of his Oi Frog! Series know how much character and personality he achieves with his artwork. I was pleasantly surprised by the sheer number of high-quality illustrations in this book. They appear all the way through and have a beautiful autumn colour.

This is a recommended read for 4-6 year-olds that parents will also enjoy reading out loud to many shared giggles.