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While we were out / by Ho Baek Lee.

Lee, Ho Baek. (Author).
Book Book (c2003.)
Description: [30] p. : col. ill. ; 27 cm.
Publisher: La Jolla, Calif. : Kane/Miller, c2003.
9 of 9 copies available at NOBLE (All Libraries).
0 current holds with 9 total copies.
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  • Awards: New York Times Children's Book Award, 2003
    • ISBN: 1929132441 :
    • Edition: First American ed.
    General Note: New York Times Children's Book Award 2003
    Summary: When someone leaves the patio door unlocked it's just the opportunity the family's pet rabbit needs to go exploring.
    Awards: New York Times Children's Book Award, 2003
    Citation: Lee, Ho Baek. "While we were out." La Jolla, Calif. : Kane/Miller, 2003.
    • Publishers Weekly Reviews : PW Reviews 2003 February #1
      Much like Stanley's Party (reviewed above) and Bruce Ingman's wickedly funny When Martha's Away (1995), this beguiling book from a South Korean author-artist chronicles the secret life of animals, in this case, a sparely but fetchingly pencilled white rabbit. She slips into an apartment while the family is "gone to Grandma's house." In streamlined white, gray and taupe, Lee's illustrations underscore the low-key verbal comedy (for "She's hungry. What looks good?" the rabbit stands in awe in front of a bountiful refrigerator). As she munches snacks on the sofa, watches a video, then "hops onto the dressing table, picks up this, smells that, a touch of lipstick... `beautiful,' she thinks," strategic doses of color highlight the climactic moments (e.g., hot-pink lipstick offsets the bunny's lush, mascara-laden lashes; later, she dresses in a red gown that "the youngest in the family wore... to her first birthday party"). Wry surprises abound, such as in-line skates that prove too difficult-that is, until the rabbit fashions ski poles from chopsticks; a spread bathed in color shows the rabbit racing through the study. Most unexpected of all is the ending. ("She's had a wonderful adventure, and the family will never know. Or will they?" reads as a caption beneath four window pane-style close-ups, each showing tiny rabbit "calling cards" left in various rooms of the apartment.) Readers may then spot a formerly unnoticed trail of evidence on previous pages, and appreciate the amusing dash of reality amid all the anthropomorphic fun. Ages 3-8. (Mar.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
    • School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2003 June
      PreS-Gr 1-While a family is visiting Grandma, their pet rabbit finds her way into the apartment through an unlocked terrace door. Left to explore, she enjoys all the comforts of human life, including a well-stocked fridge, popcorn and a video, dressing up, a good book, toys to play with, and finally a snooze in a warm bed. The uninvited guest wakes in time to retreat to the terrace, closing the door, innocently hoping her little visit will remain undetected-but what about the unmistakable evidence she has "dropped" behind? Lee has written a sweet, endearing story with just the right ending that will leave little listeners giggling. Illustrations in soft, washed-out grays alternate with others in full color. A mildly adventurous allegory with a bit of funny realism in the end.-Rita Soltan, formerly at Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, MI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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