The Flat Rabbit Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-12-15 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 17 user ratings

" The illustrations are fun, but I was disturbed by the premise for the book--a rat and a dog trying to decide what to do with the carcass of their dead neighbor. " said.

" I wouldn't use it for storytime, but I think adults might find it funny. " said.

" I don't know what say, really. I think it is interesting, and possibly great, but not really great for children. " said.

" Hmm. I am not quite sure what to think. I really liked the illustrations. The story is both tender and perplexing. Two friends find a smooshed acquaintance on the street. They handle the flattened deceased with tenderness and respect, then decide on a plan of action that is far from traditional. The end will leave readers wondering "What?" " said.

" Um....I have a sick and twisted sense of humor. I do. There are moments here. But over all this isn't one to share with a sensitive child. I don't think it's a great "death and dying book" to share. I don't think a final solution for a dead loved one or even a causal acquaintance is to tape them up to a kite and let them float. A little too macabre there. Again, you can probably read irreverent humor or sad compassion or whatever. I was just disturbed. " said.

"The Flat Rabbit

A cute little dog
And his friend that's a rat,
Find a motionless rabbit,
On the road lying flat.

Compassion kicks in
Oh what should be done?
They can't leave her there
Lying still in the sun.

They converse and they puzzle,
An idea they create,
They work through the night
Deciding her fate.

They carefully scrape up
The rabbit's remains
And attach her still body
To a kite's wooden frame.

They rescue the rabbit
And treat her with love,
They fly her kite high
O're the city above.

"The Flat Rabbit" is gentle,
A story with heart,
Respectful and caring,
Towards those who depart.

So talk with your kids,
Everything has a season...
Help them to know,
Help them to reason.

And when the time comes,
With death they must deal
They will understand,
They will know how to feel.

The illustrations are created with pen, ink and watercolours and the colour pallet is muted and limited to pale blue, rosy pink and tan, with very minimal text. The story themes are friendship, compassion, working together towards a common goal, problem solving, doing what's right and respectful, and coping with a death (even if it's a strangers.) I highly, highly recommend his book.
" said.

"This is a weird, sweet, irreverent book about dead bodies, in this case a dead rabbit. It might not be the right book for a super-sensitive child who cries after seeing an animal who has been run over in the street, and it is maybe better read in isolation of such a witnessed sight, but, then again, the book presents a sort of helpful mental processing and understanding of what it means to witness someone or something no longer alive. The living being who once inhabited the dead body is acknowledged, there is consideration of how to thoughtfully deal with the dead body, but then there is also this weird, joyous separating of the two concepts of the being who was and the dead body that remains and some inexplicable, bizarre, yet-somehow-weirdly-endearing send-off of the body (in the book's case, on a kite). I think a lot of the concepts brought up are deeper or more honest and stark than maybe some adults want to deal with and than maybe some children (and, again, some adults) are even able to deal with, but I think it's a good starting point for discussion about death and the body left behind. No religious slant, no cultural protocols or taboos, just a quiet, kind-of humorous, reflective, not-too-serious musing on a dead body." said.

" This... ...just... What? When I finished reading this to my 6-year-old, he said, "What? That's the end?" And then didn't believe me and read it himself to make sure I hadn't left anything out. Maybe something was lost in translation, but I'm not sure if this is supposed to be darkly humorous or an existential contemplation of death. I think that kids young enough to read picture books aren't going to get it, and kids old enough to get this don't usually read picture books. " said.

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