Sato the Rabbit: The Moon by Yuki Ainoya (9781592703067)
This is the second book in the Sato the Rabbit trilogy. In a series of chapters, Sato explores the world around him. When the moon disappears into a nearby thicket, Sato pulls it out and makes it into a boat. Exploring a brown, dry field, he discovers a green sprout that turns like a screw and soon green is popping up all around. On a rainy day, Sato sets up a rain party where he captures the sheets of rain with ribbons. Other stories have fallen leaves that roll up into a rug, the moon turned into a blanket, and the wonder of a hole in a hat.
This Japanese picture book series is surprising and surreal. Just when you think you know where each of the short chapters is headed, a page turn takes it in an entirely different direction. It’s these little surprises along the way that make the book so charming. Each chapter features Sato doing amazing things with regular items we interact with in our world too.
The illustrations add to the fun of the surreal stories. They make what is being said in the brief text come alive as wondrous things happen in each story.
A charming addition to the Sato series. Appropriate for ages 4-7.
Reviewed from copy provided by Enchanted Lion Books.