Please Don't Tell Cooper That Jack is a Rabbit

Children - Picture Book
32 Pages
Reviewed on 08/31/2021
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    Book Review

Reviewed by Marie-Hélène Fasquel for Readers' Favorite

Please Don't Tell Cooper That Jack is a Rabbit by Michelle Lander Feinberg is a lovely children’s book written from the heart. Indeed the author is a life-long animal advocate and she shares with us and our children a superbly illustrated story. The text is short, to the point, and rhymes in the best possible way, making us sing the words instead of reading them to our sons and daughters or pupils. It is perfect for a lively and fun nighttime story with an essential moral. A book to treasure, share, read again and again as its message will never be repeated enough.

Please Don't Tell Cooper That Jack is a Rabbit by Michelle Lander Feinberg is first and foremost a profound story, even if it is extraordinarily engaging and nice to read. It is the second book starring Cooper the adorable dog and you immediately want to read the first one. Cooper is a tender, kind at heart, lively dog and he cannot see a rabbit without running after it, scaring it to death, while he only wants to make friends. In fact, Cooper is not interested in appearances and is not frightened by differences. Quite the contrary! He is going to become best friends with this tiny rabbit and even have him adopted. He is generous and shows us that what truly (and only) matters is who we are and not what we look like! The author urges us warmly: “Keep your mind and heart open and be yourself!” An astounding, amazing book about tolerance and friendship that I could not recommend more!

Kristine Zimmerman

Please Don't Tell Cooper That Jack is a Rabbit is the second book in the Cooper the dog series, written by Michelle Lander Feinberg. In this adventure, Cooper befriends a rabbit. At first, Cooper does what most dogs do when they see a rabbit, he chases it, but all he wants is to have a buddy. His family agrees that Jack Rabbit can stay, and the fun ensues. Cooper and Jack have all kinds of adventures together, even though they are an unusual pair. True friendship involves not only sharing good times but being there in the tough times too. Their friendship develops into a strong bond and shows that the unlikeliest of pairs can be true friends.

Michelle Lander Feinberg has created a loveable and charismatic character in Cooper. Anna Mosca's illustrations are full of clever details. Cooper is depicted as a big furry companion with his tongue hanging out. One of my favorite pictures is of Jack and Cooper curled up together, sleeping. Kids will laugh out loud seeing Jack riding on Cooper's head, Jack riding in a backpack, and Jack and Cooper riding a bike! Feinberg's message of being open to others even when they are different from you is an important one for both kids and adults to learn. She has delivered that message subtly and beautifully in Cooper and Jack's story. Please Don't Tell Cooper That Jack is a Rabbit is a heart-warming, feel-good story that adults will want to share with their kids. Cooper and Jack are a delightful pair that enjoy spending time together.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

Cooper is a rescue dog, full of love and lots of energy. He’s well behaved and will follow commands, except if there’s a rabbit nearby. That’s what begins this story, a romp outside turns into a chase of dog after rabbit. With Jack the rabbit in the lead, the two cause mayhem and destruction on their path to discovery of one another. Jack finally slows down and realizes that Cooper is merely trying to show friendship to a kindred spirit, another creature lost and alone. The two bond and an unlikely, unexpected friendship evolves – between a big dog and a rabbit.

Michelle Lander Feinberg’s picture book story, Please Don’t Tell Cooper That Jack is a Rabbit, is a charming story about friendship. Told in simple language, in rhyming verse that is quite lyrical in nature, the plot follows Cooper as he tries to make a new friend with a skittish and very fast running rabbit. The colorful illustrations help move this story along as the two blunder through the town, wreaking havoc. There will be lots of laughter as young readers follow the chase and cheering when the two once lost creatures find each other and bond. The story is a fun read, but it’s also full of valuable lessons about friendships, accepting each other (and oneself) regardless of differences, trust, love and so much more. This is a story with a powerful message: we’re all different, but we’re also all worthy of love and friendships. Beautifully told. Loved it.

Bruce Arrington

Please Don't Tell Cooper That Jack is a Rabbit by Michelle Lander Feinberg is a short and enjoyable children’s picture book about Cooper, the family dog, who is more of a family member than a pet. He skis, watches ballet with the family, and does other fun things. But of course, the dog part of him can’t resist a chase when a bunny comes hopping by the yard. Cooper’s not out to make an easy meal, but rather a fast friend. Through his dog dynamics, he brings a new member into the family.

Please Don't Tell Cooper That Jack is a Rabbit will appeal to readers of all ages and for a few different reasons. First, there’s Cooper himself: a big, happy, silly, good-natured animal who wants to be in the middle of everything his family is in, whether or not he is human. The comedy is plain in the artwork and will keep readers laughing, especially the younger ones. He wants to be friends with anyone who will let him, no matter how long he has to give chase. Once he and the bunny are friends, they become best friends, going to many places together. But what I see most of all in this book is family. You have parents, children, and animals who all enjoy being together through thick and thin. No matter what, they are there with support, help, encouragement, and love for each other. So yes, this book does emphasize diversity and friendship, but in my opinion, Please Don't Tell Cooper That Jack is a Rabbit, by Michelle Lander Feinberg, does a lot more than that. It helps to set a positive pattern for the family. Highly recommended.

Sarah Stuart

Please Don’t Tell Cooper That Jack is a Rabbit was penned by Michelle Lander Feinberg and beautifully illustrated by Anna Mosca. It is a picture book that will enchant children – both those who can read it for themselves and toddlers listening to an adult. It is written in rhyme but subtly without any hint of forced phrases or contrivances. Michelle Lander Feinberg tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a dog and a rabbit to demonstrate that looks and being alike aren’t necessary. It is sharing the good times and being there when a friend has a bad day that matters. Please Don’t Tell Cooper That Jack is a Rabbit shows the roots of true friendship in a way that will be understood and accepted.

Cooper is a dog, and I fell for him on the first page. Of course, he is civilized (well, reasonably civilized,) until he sees a rabbit: dogs are like that! However, it wasn’t gobbling a free meal that Cooper had in mind. The chase through the countryside, and the chaos it caused, had me laughing aloud. Describing it would be a spoiler, but I was delighted to see a mix of skin colors amongst the children and adults and a school cookout reference to boot. Cooper wants to keep Jack the bunny as a pet, so he asks his parents if he may, but how does it all turn out? Please Don’t Tell Cooper That Jack is a Rabbit by Michelle Lander Feinberg is a book I shall buy as a gift for the children in my life, not least so I can have the fun of reading it many times to the little ones!