Published in Reading Time Nov 2011
Have you ever felt small? Squish is just a little rabbit, which leads to big problems. It’s difficult to make himself seen or heard, and difficult to make friends. He is lonely. Squish tries various ways to solve his problems, but can he make himself feel bigger?
The illustrations are sweet but unique, and work together with the spare text to tell the story. Lots of white space gives a straightforward feel to the book, with collage and watercolour giving texture. The depth of the story is in the rabbit’s emotions which come through the pictures. Squish is drawn simply with a black outline, but has plenty of personality showing through the shape of his body, ears and eyebrows. The reader will enjoy these apparently simple pictures more on each subsequent reading.
The torn-paper collage endpapers add a beautiful touch to this book, with Squish peeking out at the opening and both Squish and his new friend at the end. A padded cover makes Squish Rabbit a perfect gift book.
Just right for 2-5 years olds, and anyone who has ever felt lonely or small.