It’s Tuesday once again, and this time we join Rock Star Librarian Kelly Butcher’s Book Talk Tuesday hosted every week at The Lemme Library. More than a week ago, we shared a book created by the Klise sisters entitled Stand Straight, Ella Kate a picture book biography that is likewise in keeping with our theme on Circus, Carnivale, and Paranormal twists.
I am happy to have found another circus-themed book by the Klise sisters entitled Little Rabbit and the Meanest Mother on Earth.
I discovered the Klise sisters when I reviewed their beautifully-illustrated YA books Regarding the Sink and Over my Dead Body and I have been a fan ever since. While this particular picture book may not necessarily rank as one of my favorite Klise sisters’ creation, it still has its own quiet and simple charm that I think would appeal to young children who are tired of their momma’s unyielding rules and stringent stipulations.
“Can I go to the circus?” Little Rabbit asked his mother. “Of course,” said Mother Rabbit. “If your playroom is clean.” “I’ll clean my playroom tomorrow,” Little Rabbit promised. “I’d like you to clean your playroom now,” Mother Rabbit said. “And then you may go to the circus.”
From those lines alone, I am sure there would be quite a few children who could empathize with Little Rabbit’s predicament. Sometimes mothers can really be so unreasonable and soo soo… mean (Oh I would know a little something about that, being a momma myself)! Given the mess in Little Rabbit’s room, it seems unlikely that there would be any buttered popcorn, swinging acrobats, dancing elephants any time soon:
I would invite you to pick up a copy of the book yourself to discover whether or not Little Rabbit got a glimpse of the circus or whether he was stuck in his home cleaning out fossilized after-school snacks and stinky socks! The book in its quiet humor and little twists makes one appreciate fully the love between parent and child, regardless of the mean words that blind our sensibilities to the kindest and most heartfelt intentions. It also reminds us that no matter what we do, no matter our unmindful acts and reprehensible behavior, we shall always find a home (or a flapping homemade circus tent) in a parent’s love (at least for most of us). 🙂
In the jacketflap of the book, the Klise sisters described themselves in this fashion:
Author Kate Klise (left) and illustrator M. Sarah Klise (right) spent many hours as children avoiding the loathsome task of cleaning their room. Instead of punishing them, their mother gave alternatives, like cleaning the basement. Or the attic. Or the garage.
Kate now keeps her room clean in Norwood, Missouri. Sarah cleans hers in Berkeley, California. And, for the record, Marjorie Klise is the nicest (and smartest) mother on earth.
If you wish to know more about the Klise sisters, click here to be taken to their official website.
Little Rabbit and the Meanest Mother on Earth by Kate Klise and illustrated by M. Sarah Klise. Harcourt Children’s Books, New York, 2010. Book borrowed from the community library. Book photos were taken by me.
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