When the postman brings Little Jack Rabbit an invitation to a birthday party, he’s very excited. Daddy buys him a present to take and some smart clothes to wear; his sisters help him to wrap the present; and his big brother Buck gives him a soapy hot bath and tells him what parties are like. But when he realizes that none of them is invited and that he must go to the party alone, Little Jack loses his enthusiasm. As ever though, it’s Granpa who saves the day with a reassuring word. He’s just finished mending Bunnikin, Little Jack’s favourite toy, so now Bunnikin can go to the party too. Little Jack has a great time, playing games and making friends with Rosy and her Teddy, and, at the end of his big day, goes to bed with Bunnikin very happy. Inga Moore has written and illustrated a number of picture books for children, including “Six Dinner Sid” (a 1990 Smarties Book Prize Winner), “Fifty Red Night-Caps”, “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and “Oh, Little Jack”. She also illustrated “Away in a Manger” (written by Sarah Hayes).
Ages 4-6. For Little Jack Rabbit, an invitation to a birthday party means dressing up, playing party games, and making new friends–all things Little Jack has never done before. To make matters worse, Little Jack’s mommy, daddy, brother, and sisters are not invited to the party. It’s Granpa who comes to the rescue. His suggestion that Little Jack take along his favorite stuffed toy, Bunnikin, is what gives the little rabbit the courage to overcome his fears. Warm and cozy, Moore’s soft-edged, colored-pencil illustrations, in mostly earth tones, are charming. They’re a great match for this endearing tale about the insecurities children face as a normal part of growing up and about the caring adults who help kids find their way. Children who enjoyed Moore’s Oh Little Jack (1992) will like this, too. Lauren Peterson –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.