Mr. Beagle Goes to Rabbittown
by Lori Doody
Rabbittown was a pleasant place to live.
Every bunny knew every bunny, and every bunny was friends.
One day a new neighbour arrived and opened a corner store. His name was Mr. Beagle. The bunnies didn’t know what to think of him.
When Mr. Beagle moves to Rabbittown, his new neighbours aren’t sure what to make of him. Everyone else is a rabbit, after all. But then mittens start to go missing, and no one knows where they might be. Who better than Mr. Beagle to sniff out the culprit!
With quirky, charming illustrations and sweet, simple text, Mr. Beagle Goes to Rabbittown celebrates how one finds a space in a new place, and the warm embrace of community. A picture book full of fun, with a bit of mystery, too.
What folks are saying
"A whimsically told, timely message of inclusivity with appeal to 'every bunny.'" ~ Kirkus Reviews (read the full review)
"Mr. Beagle has a mitten mystery to solve, and through Lori Doody’s colourful art and storytelling, Rabbittown’s citizens learn that diversity, acceptance, and teamwork build a strong and vibrant community. We enjoyed this book immensely." ~ Christine LeGrow & Shirley A. Scott, co-authors of the award-winning Saltwater Mittens
"As she did in her earlier books ... Lori Doody paints an important message in a charming story. Older readers will understand the complexity of a story about diversity and inclusivity, though our youngest readers may only see a tale about rabbits and a dog and some cats, and be captivated by the colours of Lori Doody's artwork.... Lori Doody's story invites the reader into a community where everyone and anyone can reside and be accepted." ~ Helen Kubiw, CanLit for LittleCanadians (read the full review)
"It's tempting to call Doody's publications whimsical and let that be the end of it, but there's more narrative and illustrative heft to them. This, for example, is a story of difference, and inclusion (and even the challenges of being a single parent). ...There's a real nice balance of words and pictures .... They complement each other in building this sweet-natured tale." ~ Joan Sullivan, The Telegram (read the full review)