Posted by Venus on Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Labels: picture book review
Illustrations by Leo Espinosa
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade
Release Date: September 8, 2015
With his extra-long legs, Jackrabbit McCabe can outrun anything on the American frontier from horses to trains to twisters. In the town of Windy Flats, Jackrabbit is the man to call when a message needs to get somewhere fast. That is, until the telegraph arrives in town. Feeling a bit obsolete, but confident in his speed, Jackrabbit challenges the telegraph operator to a race.
What first grabbed my attention with this book is the absolutely beautiful illustrations. Brightly colored and full of life, I found my first "read-through" to be more of a look through. Jackrabbit's legs take on a life of their own as they twist over his head and bend backward. The story itself is adorable. Any reader, even the young ones, are bound to know how a race between this boy and telegraph is going to work. He is bound to lose, yet the shame is quickly forgotten as Jackrabbit realizes that not only are his feet fast, but so are his hands. In the backmatter is some information about telegraphs as well as a handy Morse Code key for kids to bang out secret messages to their friends.