Rabbit Rap is a fun, low-brow romp in the hay with unwary, wild
characters unable to stay out of trouble. And as the title indicates, these
characters each support a pair of floppy ears, a fluffy bobtail and have a
serious tendency for massive vegetable.
Rabbit Hab is the book's bold character who attempts to lead his family out of
the burrows and into the modernity of pre-fab home. He is slighted by
Gran-Bunny-Ma, the fiery grandmother of the family who takes control in a coup
involving expertly wielded knitting needles. Vegobese that helps grow ginormous
vegetables with some unexpected side effects. Eventually, there is "blood
sacrifice and a nuclear holocaust approach, and the scientists show their usual
lack of imagination in weapon design". And the life of the Rabbit Hap and
Gran-Bunny-Ma continue to cross. But their relationship is just one aspect
of this many layered book, the pace of which unrelenting. Rabbit Rap hips along
just as fast and as fun as any rabbit after a giant pumpkin.
Farooqi's work is storytelling stripped bare, a contemporary take on folkloric
style that removes all excesses, all frills of language. His language, whether
for adults or children is never complicated, patronizing. His main interest
lies solidly in the very art of storytelling, no matter what genre he happens
to have settled on.
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