Sunday, November 14, 2021

Please Don't Tell Cooper That Jack is a Rabbit

Title: Please Don't Tell Cooper That Jack is a Rabbit

Series: Cooper the Dog #2

Author: Michelle Lander Feinberg

Publisher: SDP Publishing

Genre: Children's fiction

Source: Reedsy Discovery 

My Review:

Please Don’t Tell Cooper That Jack is a Rabbit is written by Michelle Lander Feinberg and illustrated by Anna Mosca. This is the second book that this dynamic team has produced. I love that the illustrator remained the same, keeping continuity between the stories.

Please Don’t Tell Cooper That Jacks is a Rabbit is a sweet story about Cooper making a new friend. Cooper is back and much more civilized. Unfortunately, not all habits are easy to break. When Cooper sees a rabbit near his uncle's fence, the chase is on! Cooper might be more civilized, but mayhem ensues. However, at the end of the day, Cooper has learned a good lesson, one that all children, and even adults, need to learn.

This book has a lot of the originality and creativity that I loved from the first book. While there is not as much humor, the message is much deeper, and that is okay.  I love the way the author portrays kindness and love to diversity, not only in the written words but also in the illustrations. I also appreciate that both Cooper and now the rabbit are rescued strays. The positive messages are sure to shine long after the last page has been turned.

This book gets 4 out of 5 paw prints for its ingenuity, creativity, positive messages, and engaging illustrations. I recommend Please Don’t Tell Cooper That Jack is a Rabbit to anyone with young children, especially those with a fondness for animals.

Thank you to Reedsy Discovery and the author for the opportunity to read this book. I was not required to provide a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 Synopsis (from Reedsy):

Cooper the affable and friendly dog is back, and he’s looking to make a buddy. In this second title in the award-winning Cooper the Dog series, Please Don’t Tell Cooper That Jack is a Rabbit, Cooper and his best friend rejoice in silly escapades together and learn that having differences is the best part of friendship.

When Uncle Stephen takes Cooper out in the yard, the winsome hound bounds after a rabbit outside of the fence. It isn’t long before the rabbit realizes he has nothing to fear; this playful pup is looking for a friend. Jack the Rabbit and Cooper become inseparable chums.

Whether it’s blazing through parks and playgrounds, visiting museums and bookstores, or hunting for sticks, Cooper and Jack don’t realize that some may think they make an unlikely pair, they just know that they like being around each other.

Through rollicking rhymes paired with vibrant painterly illustrations, young readers will delight in the spreads of Jack and Cooper romping around and doing the things that good friends do together. The sprightly story conveys a subtle and sweet message that celebrates differences, kindness, and friendship.