Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Morris's Disappearing Bag

Morris's Disappearing Bag
Rosemary Wells ~ The Dial Press, 1975


It's hard to believe that Rosemary wrote and illustrated this book in 1975, only three years into a career that has proven to be one of the most longstanding and successful in contemporary children's picture booking. Her style and illustrations here are just as strong then as they are now... as if her bunny characters were born out of the womb in a state of perfection. Though she's gotten ever so slightly more lush over the years, there is no learning curve in these pictures... just pure Wells joy beaming forth.

And so, we meet the bunny Morris. The baby in a brood of four. Each one is gifted a unique present on Christmas morning, all seemingly more thrilling than the bear Morris receives.

No one will share their decidedly grown up gifts (a chemistry set, a hockey outfit, and a beauty kit), that is, until...

Morris sat under the Christmas tree. Suddenly he noticed a package that had been overlooked. He opened it. In it was a Disappearing Bag. Morris crawled right in.

The gift of invisibility is simply too hard to resist, and what started out as an awful holiday for our dear, little bunny becomes the best one yet. This book couldn't be more adorable or more wondrous. A sweet, sweet stocking stuffer for any little bunny who's ever felt like vanishing, even if just for a moment.

Also by:
Two Sisters and Some Hornets

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5 comments:

Tera said...

I got to meet Rosemary Wells last year when she was in town for a book festival. I enjoyed listening to her chatt. Nice lady.

Carin S. said...

Thank you so much for posting this book! I have been trying to remember the name of it for YEARS since my friends started having kids. I adored this book when I was a kid myself.

K said...

Oh, I remember reading this as a child! Our copy was not new...I think it was a hand-me-down from an older cousin, but we loved it just the same!

B. Streetman said...

I'll bet Rosemary is a sweety....

so glad you made the connect carin!

Paul M Clarke said...

does anyone know if you can get a video or DVD version of Morris's Disappearing Bag ?

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