Minh Le of Bottom Shelf Books and Farida of Saints and Spinners are collaborating on a unique blog contest: Unnecessary Children's Book Sequels that Never Were.
Here is my entry:
"I Am Still a Bunny" by Ole Risom. We've already spent one fun-filled year with Nicholas the Bunny. Now the cute rabbit takes another trip through the seasons, in which he continues to be a passive, isolated observer of the pageant of life. "In spring, I watch other animals making friends." Children will be comforted by the fact that flowers still bloom, leaves still fall, and Nicholas is still watching them.
Tell me you weren't dying to know what didn't happen to Nicholas next.
I feel this sequel is so unnecessary that the same cover can be used again:
This is actually one of my favorite picture books of all time. Would that more of us were like Nicholas.
Hilary McKay, however, does not share my opinion. Here is her description (from The Exiles):
"Pheobe had decided on...a story about a rabbit named Nicholas who lived, unnaturally, in a hollow tree. In spring this animal watched the flowers grow; in summer he spoke once, briefly, to a bee; in autumn he detachedly observed the falling of the leaves; and in winter, with the first deep snow, he put on striped pajamas and went to bed.
And died of boredom, thought Naomi, discarding Nicholas."
Either McKay did not look at the book before writing this, or the UK edition is different. Two things are wrong in this synopsis...