Rodney Loses It!: Book Review

Rodney loves his pen, Penny! But when he sits down to draw one day he can't find her! Oh no, where can Penny be and will he find it before he...loses it!

Title: Rodney Loses It!
Author: Michael Gerard Bauer
Illustrator: Chrissie Krebs
ISBN: 9781742991900          Language: English

Classification: Fiction
Type: Picture Book
Themes: feelings - frustration, losing objects, drawing

What's it about?Rodney is a rabbit who just loves to draw. He draws in the day and he draws at night (and even sometimes when he's asleep). Then one day disaster strikes - his favourite pen, Penny...goes missing! Rodney searches up high and down low, on things and under things, but Penny just can't be found!

This is written in verse as has a really catchy rhythm. There is a lovely flow to the presentation of the text which varies on some pages. The illustrations are bright and colourful.

Nothing today.

My Thoughts
Rodney Loses It! is shortlisted in the CBCA's Book Week 2018 in the Early Childhood category. When I first looked at the cover of Rodney Loses It I wasn't too keen on it. Based on the cover I initially thought it was going to be another one of those books about a bad tempered animal but admittedly I was wrong.

The first clever feature of this book is the title. Why? Because it can be read two different ways:

  • Rodney "loses it" - as in he has a temper meltdown

  • Rodney "loses" it - as in he has lost something
This book is cleverly able to incorporate both interpretations and to great effect. I mean, we've all been there and misplaced something we need right away!

The other clever aspect of this book is the illustrations. I won't give it away but will say that when you're reading this with your child or class - take note of the illustrations. Observation is a key element in this story and could really involve your class in interacting with the book while it is being read.

A lot of text-self connections could be discussed after reading this book. Another aspect would be to look at what Rodney could do to prevent the disappearance of his favourite pen happening again - perhaps this could be a STEM task?

Overall, this was a delightful book that pleasantly surprised me.


  1. This sounds like a great book - it’s always useful to find children’s books that look at emotions. I need to get this for my daughter - she’s not unfamiliar with ‘losing it’ in both meanings of the word!

  2. This sounds like a fantastic book. You did well to notice the use of the word play on the front cover and how it has different meanings.

  3. This sound like a great book for kids, is like 2 for 1 on understanding of things! Thanks for sharing

  4. Sounds like a great book for kids. You are right, the title is very clever. Is it wrong that I interpreted it as having a meltdown (perhaps that says more about me than I would perhaps like? haha). When my kids were little, I always liked books that had some kind of message buried away, like this one does, as I always think kids learn so much that way!

  5. Haha, yes that’s the same first thought I had about the title as well and he does indeed “lose it”.

  6. This sounds like a great book. It's an art to teach children about emotions, while still entertaining them, isn't it. This will be on our reading list when my girls get a bit older. x

  7. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this book, maybe I should give it a try to read it with my little cousin. The bunny is sure to be a hit!

  8. How does Rodney draw without opposable thumbs? ;) Still, sounds like a rather fun read!

  9. 😂😂 I’m going to theorise he is an advanced hybrid rabbit who has evolved to utilise his paw fingers (?) to hold a pen and create art! Haha!!!