This is the third book in Bond’s popular series about the irrepressible Mini Rabbit, and this time, he’s planning a garden camp-out. It’s going to be the BEST day EVER!
Or is it? The camp is lacking a few necessary items, so Mother Rabbit sends Mini on a solo mission to fetch them. The tasks take him to a shop, a farmyard and a woodland clearing, but as usual, Mini’s exuberance overwhelms his common sense. By the time he makes it back to camp, Mini has eaten the marshmallows and lost the rope. He’s found a log but it smothers the fire, and the weather’s changing. Maybe the campout should be abandoned for another day?
Needless to say, Mini Rabbit isn’t keen on that idea. When he makes a plan, he’s going to see it through, and nothing the Great Outdoors can throw at him will dampenhis spirits – until it’s dark and wet and he’s all alone, of course, when flexibility may be required.
Illustrated with bright, bold artwork, this book has a stylized, slightly abstract quality that offers children (and their adults) an enjoyable visual adventure. The well-developed storyline includes features borrowed from traditional tales (three tasks, helpful encounters along the path…) which anchor the narrative and give it a sense of a timeless solidity.
Mini’s impatience and single-minded devotion to one idea will be recognised and enjoyed by anyone who’s had dealings with toddlers, and his ability to set off alone into the big wide world and get things done will bring a delicious frisson of vicarious joy for Under 5s who dream of doing exactly that.