Reviews for Oh So Tiny Bunny

Booklist Reviews 2013 February #1
From the creator of Miss Spider's Tea Party (1994) comes this tale of a very small bunny with very big dreams. When Oh So Tiny sleeps, he dreams he is as big as a dragon or a mountain. Of course, "A bunny so very big, gets oh so very hungry." Cue the dreams of crunchy carrots as big as railroad cars and fields of lettuce as wide as oceans. But something is missing from his dreams: a friend to play with. The now-giant bunny looks everywhere without finding a companion until a nibble on his ear awakens him to discover a little bunny friend. "Sometimes, thinks Oh So . . . it's better to be small." The soft-hued oil art illustrates the titular white bunny with vivid blue eyes, bubblegum-pink nose, and blue jammies in patterns of clover, dragons, or stars. Electric colors, especially blue, fill in plenty of fanciful details from the bunny's dream world. With the images and lilt of a bedtime book, this should find plenty of small-sized fans. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall
Small bunny Oh So Tiny fantasizes about being "as big as a mountain" until he realizes that this would make it impossible for him to have small bunny friends. This treacle ("Oh So feels, oh so very lonely") doesn't go down easy. Kirk's fuzzy-looking oils in a soft glowing palette look awkwardly computer-generated.

Kirkus Reviews 2013 January #1
A tiny bunny's nighttime flights of fancy soar straight up to the stars. Oh So Tiny (Oh So for short) starts off his story as just another little bunny playing with ordinary garden creatures. But he longs to be big--as a dragon, a forest and even a mountain, echoing the feelings of the 2- and 3-year-olds who will grab onto this story and demand repeated rereadings. As Oh So's fantasy expands, he becomes taller than a forest and bigger than bears and mountains. He finds gigantic, tree-sized clover and drives a train of "crunchy carrots as big as railroad cars," with carrot-shaped fish swimming through an ocean of lettuce. But then Oh So grows lonely and wishes for companionship, returning to his former tiny size and meeting a pretty, long-lashed bunny who offers him a clover blossom of his own in a gentle, satisfying conclusion. Fluorescent colors, unusual perspectives and an irresistible, blue-eyed bunny with a glowing pink nose draw readers in, but it's the emotional flow of the text and the wildly exuberant ego exploration that make this fanciful story memorable. Keep dreaming, little Oh So. You are oh so sweet. (Picture book. 2-5) Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2012 December #4

Oh So Tiny Bunny has delectable pink ears, enormous glittering eyes, and dreams of being large. Kirk paints him towering like a friendly pajama-clad King Kong over a winding river, with brown bears capering around his feet like mice. Large bunnies need more to eat, of course, "So he dreams... of crunchy carrots as big as railroad cars, and fields of lettuce as wide as oceans." A train of carrots stretches across the horizon, and carrot dolphins swim through a leafy green sea. Oh So is also lonely ("He hops over houses. He bounds over bridges.... But no matter where Oh So looks... there is no bunny"), a problem remedied by the real-life arrival of a friend just his size. The purposefully saccharine aesthetic is more akin to the cuddly animal stars of Kirk's Biddle series than the crispness of his Miss Spider books. Oh So's pajamas change pattern like a chameleon depending on his surroundings, and a bower of pink roses frames the friends' first meeting. Along with the breathless tone, it may be cloying to some, but Kirk knows his audience, and they will be charmed. Ages 3-6. (Feb.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2013 February

PreS-K--Oh So (yes, that's his name) may be tiny, but his dreams are big. In them he's as big as a mountain, a forest, and a dragon. Of course, a big bunny gets mighty hungry, "so he dreams of sweet clover as tall as trees, of crunchy carrots as big as railroad cars, and fields of lettuce as wide as the oceans." But Oh So's dreams are missing something-a friend. His loneliness is interrupted when he is awakened by a nibble on his ear, by a bunny just like himself. Perhaps being tiny isn't so bad after all. Kirk's oil illustrations, reminiscent of those in his "Miss Spider" series (Scholastic), give the text life. The bright, bold colors are practically luminescent. With his open mouth, white fur, and clear blue eyes, Oh So nearly jumps from the page. Kirk sneaks in lots of details and whimsy as well.--Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH

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