Books touching on best friends quarrelling and then making up are a dime a dozen, but what makes Ribbit Rabbit stand out is the deceptively simple yet unique style of rhyming conceived by the author.
The title itself, a play on the main protagonists — Frog and Bunny — gives a hint as to the author’s offbeat sense of humour and writing style: simple sentences alternate with snappily clever rhyming couplets, combined with the quirky yet expressive illustrations, to successfully tell the story effectively in very few words.
For example, “Ribbit Rabbit. Dip it, dab it” summarises the splashy fun had by the two friends who go swimming together, while “Ribbit Rabbit. Yip it, yap it” clearly reflects the sharp words exchanged by the two when they are fighting.
Overall, a witty book worth reading for the wordplay alone.