Kristina Andres was born in Greifswald in 1971 and grew up in Mecklenburg, where she lives today. She studied history of art and literature and then moved to the Hamburg Academy of Fine Arts. She has been working as a freelance artist since 2002. She has written and illustrated numerous children's books and received several awards.
K-GR 2--'Fox and Rabbit lived quite far away, in a bright little
house beyond the molehills.' Together, the two friends have
11-and-a-half small adventures as they try different ways to say
'Good Night'; camp out on the top of the hill; catch a fish in
Kangaroo's pouch; sleep upside down like bats; narrowly and
hilariously escape a run-in with naughty, old, umbrella-toting
Granny Wolf; and more. No matter what, Fox and Rabbit keep bedtime
novel with their curiosity, creativity, and loyalty to each other.
Translated from German, these witty and poignant stories are best
read in order as they build upon one another, referring back to
previous escapades. The gentle wordplay translates well. No story
is longer than 11 pages, with most coming in around three or four.
The final vignette ties everything together with a sweet message of
friendship and reveals Rabbit as the narrator. The illustrations,
which appear to be watercolor and ink, toggle between full-bleed
and spot art. Both layouts augment the whimsical attitude of the
narration. Crosshatched textures and a comforting mixture of soft,
warm highlights and calming cool colors on thick, creamy paper
create a welcoming, rural atmosphere. Don't miss the amusing book
cover hidden under the jacket. VERDICT This is
a delightful collection of short stories to be read aloud
all in one glorious bedtime gulp or rationed to last a
week. Perfect for public library collections. --School