Ribbit and Rabbit are two friends who ‘dip it’ and ‘dap it’ when they go swimming and ‘zip it’ and ‘zap it’ when they fight monsters together. Parents will have lots of fun reading this book aloud as you can hear the chitter chatter and interplay of a harmonious friendship between the bunny and the frog, until Ribbit and Rabbit fight over ‘every big thing’ and then ‘every little thing’. It is when the two friends fight over the robot and break it that they are forced to contemplate their behaviour towards each other. They think about each other and how they can, in friendship and cooperation, work together. Then bunny fixes the robot and frog finds the key and they ’rip it’ and ‘wrap it’ and come back together again to make the robot work. Like the key and the robot, Ribbit and Rabbit need each other and can only play together if they cooperate. It is remembering this fact that means they can carry on as friends and have lots of fun playing together.
The energy and emotion of friendship comes alive with the language used to accompany the frog and the rabbit in play, with artfully wonky illustrations that bring you into the drama of a friendship almost lost and then recovered.