The Resource The lost book, Margarita Surnaite

The lost book, Margarita Surnaite

Label
The lost book
Title
The lost book
Statement of responsibility
Margarita Surnaite
Creator
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"All rabbits love books, except for Henry - he prefers games and adventures. But then he finds one very special book, and when he reads it, someone very special finds him"--
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Review
  • Grades K-2 In Rabbit Town, everyone loves books and reading. Henry, however, prefers games and real adventures. Playing outside one day, Henry chances upon a strange yellow book and, venturing through a hedge to return it, ends up in a strange, unknown place where all the creatures (humans) are holding devices. A small girl is the only one who spots Henry, and though they spend the rest of the day together, the girl's father is so busy with his phone that he doesn't notice his daughter's new friend. Henry leaves the lost book for the girl, finally, before going home, and when the girl opens the book, she discovers that it is all about a young rabbit's visit to the city. The green, bucolic setting of Rabbit Town stands in contrast to the gray palette of the girl's urban home. The message about being so caught up in screens that you miss important happenings in life is certainly not subtle, but it is timely and delivered in a cheerful manner. -- Lucinda Whitehurst (Reviewed 1/1/2019) (Booklist, vol 115, number 9, p93)
  • /* Starred Review */ PreS-Gr 1—This lovely book embeds a message about the importance of reading and the issue of overuse of technology in an appealing fantasy adventure. Henry, an anthropomorphized rabbit in a hoodie, lives in Rabbit Town, where everyone else loves to read. He prefers having adventures. One day he discovers a "lost book" and ventures into the human world searching for its owner. However, everyone there is too engaged with their phones to notice him. Finally, a little girl sees and befriends him, and he gives her the book. Returning home, he tells the story of his adventure, while the girl shares the book depicting his story. The clever text is concise and well written, and leaves room for the illustrations to extend the narrative. Rabbit Town is depicted in lush, verdant greens, with rolling hills, while the human world is a drab, gray, angular cityscape. Henry's appealingly pigtailed friend is a spot of color in a bright red jacket and yellow scarf, which she gives to Henry. The illustrations are a mix of full-bleed spreads, single pages, and cartoon-inspired boxes that provide effective visual storytelling. This layout encourages page-turns and keeps the action moving. With just a few brief lines, Surnaite's expressive characters go from curious, to dejected, to happy. VERDICT Despite its brief text, this engaging title manages to include a commentary on reading and storytelling couched in an accessible friendship adventure story. An excellent read-aloud choice.—Amy Lilien-Harper, Greenwich Library, CT --Amy Lilien-Harper (Reviewed 02/01/2019) (School Library Journal, vol 65, issue 1, p54)
  • Adventurous Henry’s the only bunny in Rabbit Town who doesn’t like books, but his explorations lead him to one anyway: a lost book with a yellow cover lying near a mysterious hedge. On the other side of the hedge, Henry wanders the streets of a human city in search of the book’s owner, but all the grown-ups are absorbed in handheld devices of one sort or another, and Henry goes unnoticed. With emotional force, Surnaite captures the moment Henry and a small girl exchange glances on the train; they’re the only ones not glued to gadgets. They spend the day together (her father on his phone throughout), Henry gives her the book, and they both arrive home with a story to tell. Debut author Surnaite draws Rabbit Town and its bookish bunnies with retro warmth and studs her silk screen–style spreads with a misty pale lavender that offers a subtle air of make-believe. Her story’s double themes—the way technology blinds people, and the journey of a nonreader toward book loving—crisscross in sometimes confusing ways, but she is a talent to watch. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 4–8. (Feb.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 10/22/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 43, p)
  • A rabbit stumbles into an unfamiliar world. Rabbit Town has meadows, blue skies, and clear streams. It also has a bookstore, because "all rabbits loved books...except for Henry." When Henry finds a Lost Book—it must be lost because it's "not a rabbit book"—he doesn't read it; instead he carries it through a tunnel under an ivy-covered wall and emerges into a gray cityscape with gray skyscrapers and a wide, paved, gray street. Bipedal rabbit Henry, in his backpack and hoodie, can't identify the "creatures" in the lilac-gray city. They're humans, and they're enthralled with tech. On escalators, on the subway, even while walking, they stare at screens. Henry makes a friend there—a little white girl whose father is so riveted to his cellphone that he never sees Henry—and together they enjoy some nongray city spots: park, playground, pond, restaurant. Surnaite neatly sidesteps any obvious morals: The city holds warmth and connection after all, and Henry needn't fall for books. The illustrations' easygoing outlines and the touchably soft-textured colors that fill the spreads and sequential panels prevent the city atmosphere from ever feeling completely dystopic. A final metaquestion is clever and amusing but unobtrusive to readers who don't want to tangle with it. Both families have one mom and one dad; the girl's friend group is multiracial. A fine addition to the meta-literature shelf. (Picture book. 3-6) (Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2018)
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10750705
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DLC
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Surnaite, Margarita
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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  • Books and reading
  • Lost and found
  • Rabbits
  • JUVENILE FICTION
  • JUVENILE FICTION
  • JUVENILE FICTION
  • Books and reading
  • Lost and found possessions
  • Adventure and adventurers
  • Rabbits
Target audience
primary
Label
The lost book, Margarita Surnaite
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
on1039353996
Dimensions
24 x 28 cm
Edition
First Margaret K. McElderry Books edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781534438187
Lccn
2018025692
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1039353996
Label
The lost book, Margarita Surnaite
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
on1039353996
Dimensions
24 x 28 cm
Edition
First Margaret K. McElderry Books edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781534438187
Lccn
2018025692
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1039353996

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