Tucson Festival of Books

Balint Zsako

BUNNY & TREE is a gorgeous wordless adventure story about a rabbit and a tree, their surprising friendship, and the distance they go to find a place to call home.

Bunny and Tree first meet when the tree observes a ferocious wolf threatening the bunny and comes to its protection. From that moment on, there is a bond of trust between the two, which flowers not only into friendship, but amazingly, into a road trip adventure, when Bunny, who's looking for his rabbit friends, convinces Tree that it's time to uproot and see the world.

Compelled by sympathy and a shared purpose, Bunny and Tree hit the road, becoming another tremendous and memorable picture book odd couple. Depicted in bright colors in a world of lavish skies and so much to see, Bunny and Tree share in wonder, adventure, misadventure, solidarity, and a sense of homecoming.

“An epic folktale told with the quiet beauty of an illuminated manuscript. Balint Zsako is a visual poet.” —Nicholas Blechman, Creative Director, The New Yorker

“Stories like these use a magical language that is extremely powerful to children, and leave an imprint on who we are and how we go about the rest of our lives. We all remember reading Where the Wild Things Are or The Giving Tree or perhaps seeing the films of Miyazaki. Bunny & Tree speaks to us in much the same way—silently powerful, charmingly beautiful and forever memorable. I won’t ever forget this book.” —Brian Rea, artist & author (Death Wins a Goldfish, Avoid This, illustrator for the New York Time’s Modern Love column)

"This is an incredibly moving and magical book. I loved it." —Sheila Heti, New York Times bestselling author (Pure Color, A Garden of Creatures)

"This is a masterpiece of a book, rich with imagination and the most stunning artwork. I have followed Balint’s work for years because of its beauty and complex conceptual imagery, which shines in this book too. It's a story of friendship, kindness, generosity, regrowth and courage, a truly heartwarming tale we all could benefit from right now. " —Julia Rothman, illustrator & New York Times columnist (The Real Dada Mother Goose, Scratch)