Bruh Rabbit and the Tar Baby Girl
AuthorVirginia Hamilton
IllustratorJames Ransome
SubjectChildren's literature, picture book, folklore
Published2003 (Blue Sky Press)
Publication placeUnited States
Media typePrint (hardback, paperback)
Pages32 (unpaginated)

Bruh Rabbit and the Tar Baby Girl is a 2003 picture book by Virginia Hamilton and illustrated by James Ransome. It is a retelling by Hamilton, in the Gullah dialect, of the classic story of Bruh Rabbit outwitting Bruh Wolf.


Booklist, in a review of Bruh Rabbit and the Tar Baby Girl, wrote "In this version of the beloved Tar Baby trickster story, she drew on Gullah folklore from the Sea Islands of South Carolina. Her rhythmic, immediate version is well matched by Ransome's paintings, both cozy and exciting, which extend the fun with beautiful farmland scenes at dayclean (dawn) and daylean (evening) picturing the wily rabbit thief in human clothes repeatedly outwitting the wolf."[1] and the School Library Journal described it as "meticulously paced, lyrical, hilarious, and a joy to read aloud." with "lush watercolors [that] suit the story perfectly".[2]

Bruh Rabbit and the Tar Baby Girl has also been reviewed by The Horn Book Magazine,[3] Kirkus Reviews,[4] and Publishers Weekly,[5] and the Florida Media Quarterly.[6]

It is a 2004 ALA Notable Book for children,[7] and a 2004 CCBC Choices book.[8]


  1. ^ "Bruh Rabbit and the tar baby girl". Buffalo and Erie County Public Library. Archived from the original on April 25, 2017. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
  2. ^ Hamilton, Virginia (2003). Bruh Rabbit and the Tar Baby Girl. Blue Sky Press. ISBN 9780590473767. Retrieved April 24, 2017. ((cite book)): |website= ignored (help)
  3. ^ "Bruh Rabbit and the tar baby girl: Reviews". Retrieved April 24, 2017. Hamilton and Ransome together have created a funny, satisfying version of a favorite old Southern story.
  4. ^ "Bruh Rabbit and the Tar Baby Girl (starred review)". Kirkus Media LLC. September 15, 2003. Retrieved April 24, 2017. Hamilton posthumously revives this archetypal Brer Rabbit tale with a Gullah-inflected rendition, to which Ransome supplies Jerry Pinkney–influenced watercolor scenes of clothed, but naturalistically rendered animals. .. A note on the tale, and on Bruh Rabbit as a character, caps this handsome edition, seemingly destined to become the standard one in libraries.
  5. ^ "Bruh Rabbit and the Tar Baby Girl". Publishers Weekly. PWxyz LLC. October 13, 2003. Retrieved April 24, 2017. In this sparkling Gullah version of a favorite Brer Rabbit story, the immediacy and quirky originality of the late Hamilton's voice make ordinary prose seem quite dull in comparison. .. All in all, this version is just about as satisfying as sitting down on a croker sack and hearing the tale first-hand.
  6. ^ "Bruh Rabbit and the Tar Baby Girl". Florida Media Quarterly. 29 (3). Florida Association for Media in Education: 14. 2004. Retrieved April 24, 2017. This perfect pairing of words and pictures brings humor and fun to the story
  7. ^ "2004 Notable Children's Books: Middle Readers". American Library Association. Retrieved April 24, 2017. Ransome's vibrant watercolor illustrations and Hamilton's vivid language will make this picture book an exceptional read-aloud.
  8. ^ Kathleen T. Horning; Merri V. Lindgren; Hollis Rudiger; Megan Schliesman (2004). CCBC Choices 2004: Folklore, Mythology, and Traditional Literature (PDF). Friends of the CCBC Inc. Retrieved April 24, 2017. James Ransome's lively paintings are in perfect step with the lighthearted spirit of the story.