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Jellybeans by Sylvia Van Ommen (2006) A CAT AND A RABBIT, WITH CELL PHONES, DISCUSS DEATH AND THE AFTERLIFE!

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Publisher: North Atlantic Books   Publication Year: 2006   First Edition: No

Book Type: Used   Format: Softcover   Condition: Brand New

Two friends, Oscar and George--a cat and a rabbit--make plans via text messages to have a picnic in the park. Armed with jellybeans and hot chocolate, the two loll under the trees chatting, and the conversation becomes philosophical. Looking at a sky blue jellybean, Oscar wonders if heaven exists, and what it would be like. The two come up with a variety of charming, humorous ideas that make for a very interesting kind of heaven. Imported from the Netherlands, this thought-provoking tale is accompanied by simple B&W line drawings reminiscent of New Yorker cartoons. A Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book of 2005.
Two friends, a rabbit and a cat, speculate about what heaven will be like as they enjoy a visit to the park.

Dutch author/artist Sylvia van Ommen presents a delightfully-and deceptively-simple tale introducing a pair of friends whose favorite treat inspires some unexpectedly deep questions. George, a young rabbit, gets a message from his pal Oscar, a cat. "How about going to the park and eating jellybeans?" The two friends meet up and have a hilarious and surprisingly perceptive discussion about the existence of heaven, and what might or might not go on there, while nibbling on their favorite food. Funny, winsome, with a touch of Frog and Toad and a huge dollop of charm, this little book is an enchanting, provocative read.

Editorial Review - Kirkus Reviews Copyright (c) VNU Business Media, Inc.
A small, framed line drawing of a rabbit receiving a text message hints at the gentle understatement within this small gem. Rabbit and his dearest friend cat meet in the park, share jellybeans and cocoa and ponder heaven . . . whether it will be crowded, whether there will be jellybeans and most important whether they will meet and remember each other in the hereafter. In the event they fail to know each other, they will simply become friends again. Their contemplations move outward from the personal and concrete to the abstract and metaphysical, then back again to the personal and concrete, while retaining a quality of uncomplicated innocence, comforting reassurance and tender whimsy. Stylistically economical but expressive in language and art, this never loses its naïve point of view. Cat and rabbit are endearingly rendered with seemingly effortless and unerring black line surrounded by generous white space. The achievement cannot be overestimated-feather light treatment of the weightiest subject and all of it made charmingly comprehensible.


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