Book - 2022
Derwood the goat has planted a garden and is prepared to defend it from all nibblers, including Tabitha the bunny, whom Derwood is convinced has designs on his growing vegetables; she teases him as the months go by, but after she helps him with the weeding the two become friends and share the feast.
Derwood, a pince nez–wearing billy goat, seems a preternaturally calm gardener. With his planting done, he sits in a chair atop the freshly tilled ground with a cup of tea in his lap: "Wait. Grow, grow," writes Ferry (Swashby and the Sea). And grow the garden does: in Kang's (My Big Bad Monster) watercolor-like digital pictures, which are as meticulous as the story's protagonist, the early pages' spare compositions give way to a sylvan festival of lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and squash. But the garden also brings out the anti-pest curmudgeon in Derwood, and he's soon tangling with a persistent bunny named Tabitha. Her attentiveness and politeness resonate with the lonely goat (she hangs on to every word as he expounds on the nuances of precipitation), but her slips into vegetable wordplay—"Mama said I'd butter bean home soon"—seems to reveal nefarious nibbling intentions. Is Tabitha's innate rabbitiness a friendship deal-breaker? With the lightest of touches, the creators show how the give and take of friendship is itself a kind of cultivation, and that the results can be highly nourishing. Ages 4–7. Agent (for Ferry and Kang): Elena Giovinazzo, Pippin Properties. (Feb.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.Review by School Library Journal Reviews
PreS-K—The cover shows a grumpy goat glowering at a small defenseless bunny. The endpapers set up readers further with images of vegetables with clear bites out of each of them. Then the story. Farmer Derwood takes gardening very seriously. He digs, hoes, seeds, waters, and waits for his garden to grow. All the while, a curious little bunny, Tabitha, watches as he works. Spying a dandelion, Derwood approaches only to find it is a cottontail attached to Tabitha. He knows that the bunny will want veggies from the garden. How can she get anything, though, with Derwood's suspicious eyes always watching her? Each time Tabitha comes to visit, she throws a spoonerism or two into the conversation. Instead of "let us" she says "lettuce." Or "stalk" for "walk." Instead of "I am," she says, "I yam." Wordplay and a surprising plot twist will keep children engaged in this lovely book. The author upends all Peter Rabbit–like expectations with an unforeseen friendship and a shared dinner. Expressive illustrations show every endearing nibble toward deténte. VERDICT These respectful friends have come a long way, in a compelling story of preconceived notions turned on their heads. For everyone.—Joan Kindig Copyright 2022 School Library Journal.
Derwood the goat has planted a garden and is prepared to defend it from all nibblers, including Tabitha the bunny, whom Derwood is convinced has designs on his growing vegetables; she teases him as the months go by, but after she helps him with the weeding the two become friends and share the feast.Review by Publisher Summary 2
It’s Derwood the goat vs Tabitha the precocious bunny (who has set her sights on Derwood’s garden), in this hilarious tale filled with fantastic word play that will have kids laughing out loud. Illustrations.Review by Publisher Summary 3
From New York Times-bestselling author Beth Ferry and illustrator A.N. Kang comes a tale filled with fantastic word play that will have kids laughing and insisting, "No nibbling!"One warm spring day, Derwood the goat planted a garden and patiently tended it as it grew. On that very same day, he noticed a dandelion puff--it was too early in the season, but Derwood was taking no chances. Growing a garden is risky business, after all. But as Derwood inspected the dandelion, he realized it wasn't a weed. It was a bunny! With Tabitha, a precocious bunny who is very interested in all the tasty vegetables, hopping on the scene, what ensues is a pun-filled tale that will leave you saying, "No nibbling!"