"I have not seen many rabbits moping, but when they do, their ears droop." So begins this pitch-perfect new adventure of the mischievous bunny who first appeared 110 years ago in Beatrix Potter's original tale. Perhaps understandably, Peter is, by now, a bit bored with life in the sandbank. Warned against wandering off by Benjamin Bunny ("Too many carts on the road.... Too many owls, and too many foxes"), Peter (again) wriggles under Mr. McGregor's gate, this time into an "interesting basket smelling of onions." After eating the picnic lunch within, he nods off, awakened later by the jostling of a horse-drawn cart he's been loaded onto, which is en route to, of all places, Scotland. There he meets Finlay McBurney, "a HUGE black rabbit in a kilt, a dagger thrust into the top of his laced-up boot," and a distant relative. Peter is in good hands with Finlay and gets the adventure he sought. Thompson and Taylor preserve the delicious dry wit of Potter's original tales--this is top-notch read-aloud fare that both children and their parents will enjoy. Here's to having Peter hop into trouble for another hundred years. Includes an audio recording of the tale, read by Thompson. Ages 5-6. (Sept.)[Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC
K-Gr 2--Peter Rabbit makes a return entrance into Mr. McGregor's garden that takes him all the way to Scotland in this newly created sequel. His propensity for crawling under fences, eating garden vegetables to excess, and losing some of his clothes, and brief appearances of his cousin Benjamin Bunny, anchor this tale to the original story. The much-extended account has Peter falling asleep inside a picnic basket after eating much of the contents and then being toted along as Mr. and Mrs. McGregor travel by horse and cart "for a very, very, very long time." When they discover the thievery and the thief, Peter bolts into the countryside, eventually meeting up with "a HUGE black rabbit in a kilt, a dagger thrust into the top of his laced-up boot." Peter is treated kindly by Finlay McBurney and his wife, and after a pleasant night attends a big game day where Finlay is defending his title. New mischief ensues as bored Peter bores his way into a nearby giant radish, which becomes an unusual element in the championship contest. This is not the small, intimate package created by Beatrix Potter, but Thompson and Taylor are pretty faithful to the original tone and art style. Engaging watercolor pictures in oval shapes face the text pages, which carry smaller scenes as well. As with so many of the media makeovers and extensions common in our time, a decent amount of craft and a long-familiar original will make this offering welcome with some readers and criticized by others. Larger collections should probably include it as a spinoff.--Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston[Page 84]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.