Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman and Zachariah Ohora

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My daughter’s godmother treated her this Christmas to the amazing Lutyens & Rubinstein’s Year in Books for Children. [As a side note, if you have never been to this treasure trove of a Notting Hill independent book shop, go.] The book that came through our post slot this month (my favourite so far) was Wolfie the Bunny.

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Set in a Park Slope populated by woodland creatures (with the exception of the kindly sloth who runs the local grocery co op – natch), the story begins when a family of hipster bunnies (dad in argyle and fedora, mom in plaid and funky glasses) dicover a baby wolf left at their front door. Mom and Dad are smitten. Daughter, Dot, seems to be the only one who sees the issue with a rabbit family taking in a wolf, “He’s going to eat us all up!”.

Dot’s suspicion of her new brother, Wolfie (the wolf who literally ends up in rabbit’s clothing) grows as, well, he does. Don’t let her fluffy exterior mislead you, Dot is one tough bunny, and when her loyalty is tested at the end of the story, she doesn’t disappoint.

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Delightful details abound throughout Ohora’s playful artwork (painted in acrylic) poking gentle fun at Brooklyn hipster culture (mom uses a polaroid camera to snap pics of baby Wolfie, the local Carrot Patch Co Op sells “local organic lucky bamboo) and Dykman totally gets the host of emotions involved when a new sibling is introduced to a family. This author/illustrator pairing really add to each other’s work. They have recently released another book together, Horrible Bear. I look forward to getting my hands on a copy. I’ll let you know when I do.

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About Stephanie Cummings

Stephanie Cummings is a former BBC Journalist sharing her lifetime love of children's literature and illustration with her two young daughters -- and now with you, too, through Two in a Tepee. Stephanie has an academic background at the undergraduate level in literature and has master's degrees in both anthropology (material and visual culture) and design. She started her professional life in an art gallery and ended up producing radio programmes for BBC Radio 4, before deciding to become a stay at home mum. She lives with her handsome husband (who is sometimes invited into the tepee) in leafy north London.

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