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My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann
My Friend Rabbit
Roaring Brook Press, 2002
ISBN: 978-0-43957-930-8, hardcover
Square Fish, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-31236-752-7, paperback
My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann

My Friend Rabbit

by Eric Rohmann

When Mouse lets his best friend, Rabbit, play with his brand-new airplane, trouble isn't far behind.

A story about friends and toys and trouble, illustrated in illustrated with robust relief prints and watercolor.

My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann

From Eric:

“After making two books using large two page spreads painted with oils I had the idea to try something different. I worried that I was falling into my own way of working, of becoming lazy and answering questions with the same answers. I was getting too good at making Eric Rohmann paintings. So I approached my editor, Simon Boughton, and asked him if he would be interested in a book that didn’t look like the books I’d made in the past. He said, “Get to work, and let me see.”

So I went back to a kind of artmaking I’d done in school — printmaking, deciding to make the book with hand colored relief prints—bold color and a chunky, jaunty line — to illustrate the silly story of a overly enthusiastic rabbit and his reliable friend, Mouse, who always mops up after him. This book also began with many words and as I made the images I saw that the silliness was best left to the pictures.


Based on the book, My Friend Rabbit, the qubo series “My Friend Rabbit” chronicles the wide-eyed adventures of Rabbit, his best friend Mouse, and a group of other colorful characters from across the animal kingdom.

This is the original promo video used to pitch the “My Friend Rabbit” series to broadcasters. Directed by Gary Hurst and animation by Andy Powell.
As Mouse says, Rabbit means well … but somehow just can’t avoid getting into sticky situations! But if they work together, they can solve each dilemmawith ingenuity, creativity and, most of all, friendship.

You can watch the episodes online (use the scroller at the top of the page to select My Friend Rabbit.

Downloadable desktop wallpapers are also available from the qubo website.

Click to meet the qubo TV cast of My Friend Rabbit
Click on the image above to visit qubo's website and learn about the cast.
Reviews Awards
Publishers Weekly
My friend Rabbit means well, begins the mouse narrator. But whatever he does, wherever he goes, trouble follows. Once Rabbit pitches Mouse's airplane into a tree, Rohmann tells most of the story through bold, expressive relief prints, a dramatic departure for the illustrator of The Cinder-Eyed Cats and other more painterly works. Rabbit might be a little too impulsive, but he has big ideas and plenty of energy. Rohmann pictures the pint-size, long-eared fellow recruiting an elephant, a rhinoceros and other large animals, and coaching them to stand one on top of another, like living building blocks, in order to retrieve Mouse's plane. Readers must tilt the book vertically to view the climactic spread: a tall, narrow portrait of a stack of very annoyed animals sitting on each other's backs as Rabbit holds Squirrel up toward the stuck airplane. The next spread anticipates trouble, as four duckling onlookers scurry frantically; the following scene shows the living ladder upended, with lots of flying feathers and scrabbling limbs. Somehow, in the tumult, the airplane comes free, and Mouse, aloft again, forgives his friend ... even as the closing spread implies more trouble to follow. This gentle lesson in patience and loyalty, balanced on the back of a hilarious set of illustrations, will leave young readers clamoring for repeat readings.

School Library Journal
A simple story about Rabbit and Mouse, who, despite Rabbit's penchant for trouble, are friends. When Rabbit launches his toy airplane (with Mouse in the pilot seat at takeoff) and it gets stuck in a tree, he convinces his friend that he will come up with a plan to get it down. He does so by stacking animals on top of one another (beginning with an elephant and a rhinoceros) until they are within reach of the toy. The double-page, hand-colored relief prints with heavy black outlines are magnificent, and children will enjoy the comically expressive pictures of the animals before and after their attempt to extract the plane. The text is minimal; it's the illustrations that are the draw here.
—Kristin de Lacoste, South Regional Public Library, Pembroke Pines, FL

Mouse, the narrator who flies a red and yellow biplane, tells listeners that his friend Rabbit "means well," but that trouble always follows him. Then comes a smart, sassy object lesson on how much trouble Rabbit brings. The fun of this is in the spacing and sequencing of the heavily ink-outlined drawings. After Rabbit has thrown Mouse's beloved biplane into a tree, one full page consists of tiny Mouse staring up, ink accents marking his exasperation. On the facing page, Rabbit darts off, promising a solution. The next double-spread shows an anxious Mouse as Rabbit drags one enormous tail into view. The space fills with a massive elephant. Then Rabbit pulls in, among others, a rhino, a reindeer, and a duck (followed, of course, by ducklings). Now, the two-page spread must be turned vertically to reveal a giant pyramid of animals, topped by a squirrel holding Mouse, who reaches for the biplane--then the mass topples. Rage-filled beasts turn on Rabbit. Mouse, flying in on his recovered plane, saves Rabbit from their clutches and claws. Tremendous physical humor delivers a gentle lesson about accepting friends as they are.
— Connie Fletcher

Caldecott Medal, 2003

Caldecott Medal

Parents’ Choice Recommended

National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Gold Award

An “Kids Reading List” Selection

illustration from My Friend Rabbit. Copyright Eric Rohmann

Reader Video Creations  
AIS Music Technology and Drama students teamed up to produce this literacy project.
Posted by JasonFB on YouTube.
Author/Illustrator study about Eric Rohmann.
Posted by dmoy22 on YouTube.
Class puppet show by Angelneilla posted on YouTube.
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