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Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale

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Awards

A 2005 Caldecott Honor Book

Staff Pick

Cleverly expressive cartoons and photographic backdrops epitomize the hilarity and drama of young Trixie's lost-bunny crisis. Laugh-out-loud funny! Willems is a picture book genius.
Recommended by Robin, Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Trixie, Daddy, and Knuffle Bunny take a trip to the neighborhood Laundromat. But the exciting adventure takes a dramatic turn when Trixie realizes somebunny was left behind...

Using a combination of muted black-and-white photographs and expressive illustrations, this stunning book tells a brilliantly true-to-life tale about what happens when Daddy's in charge and things go terribly, hilariously wrong.

Review:

"Any child who has ever had a favorite toy will identify with the toddler star of this tale. The plot is simple: Trixie loses bunny, finds bunny and then exuberantly says her first words — 'Knuffle Bunny!!!' The fun comes from the details. In an innovative style that employs dappled black-and-white photographs of Brooklyn as backdrop to wickedly funny color cartoons, Willems (Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!) creates an entertaining story for parents and children alike. His economical storytelling and deft skill with line lend the book its distinctive charm, while the endpapers mitigate anxiety by clueing in readers concerning the solution to Trixie's problem. Willems renders the characters with Little Lulu — style pointed noses and their expressions are laugh-out-loud funny, from the hapless father's worried look as he and Trixie venture out to the Laundromat, to his roll-up-your-sleeves determination as he rescues the stuffed toy from the washing machine. But it's pre-verbal Trixie who steals the show. Her wide-eyed enthusiasm about the world around her is matched only by her desperate attempts to communicate. 'Aggle flaggle klabble!' she says when she finds Knuffle Bunny missing, and her well-intentioned but clueless father translates, 'That's right.... We're going home.' An especially delicious scene finds the frustrated Trixie abandoning baby talk for action: 'Well, she had no choice. Trixie bawled. She went boneless.' The accompanying pictures comically corroborate the omniscient narrator's claim. Willems once again demonstrates his keen insight with a story both witty and wise. Ages 4 – 8. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Personalities are artfully created so that both parents and children will recognize themselves within these pages. A seamless and supremely satisfying presentation of art and text." School Library Journal

Synopsis:

Using a combination of muted black-and-white photos and expressive illustrations, the author of the Caldecott Honor book Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! tells a true-to-life tale about what happens when Daddy's in charge and things go terribly, hilariously wrong.

Synopsis:

A charmingly irreverent look at a mischievous kid-fixation: underwear!

 

Underpants can be fancy or functional, but for pre-schoolers, it is always funny. Take Lily McBloom - she has the fancy kind and loves to show them off with a special dance to make everyone laugh. This horrifies her big sister who comes up with a plan to stop Lily's underpants dance forever. But Lily is one creative girl, and with a little outside-the-box thinking, she can keep right on dancing!  

For fans of Bear In Underwear and Ella Sarah Gets Dressed, this story celebrates the hilarity of kids' obsessions.

Synopsis:

Blanket and Bear have always gone everywhere with their boy—but one day they are accidentally left behind. On a daring adventure across oceans and faraway lands, they travel to find their way back to the boy, meeting new friends along the way.  
 
From debut picture book author L.J.R. Kelly, and acclaimed illustrator Yoko Tanaka, comes a poignant ode to well-loved toys sure to find its way into the hearts of children everywhere.     

About the Author

Mo Willems is a six-time Emmy Award-winning writer and animator for Sesame Street and the creator of Cartoon Network's Sheep in the Big City. His most recent book is The Pigeon Finds a Hotdog! Mo lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

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Lucy Little, September 2, 2007 (view all comments by Lucy Little)
This book is a favorite of ours. It is one of those rare children's books that appeals to adults and children alike. The illustrations consist of drawings transposed over black and white photos. Saying anything about the story would be giving too much away. Mo Willems has written a treasure. Delightful! We're eagerly awaiting the sequel.
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christijensen, October 19, 2006 (view all comments by christijensen)
Add this one to your shower gift list. It is my favorite kid book of all time. Somehow it manages to give parents a much-needed boost while thoroughly entertaining little ones. Have read this one a ton of times and it never fails to entertain. Mo Willems understands what it's like to read the same book every night for a month straight. Read it and you'll see what I mean - it's practically painless.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780786818709
Author:
Willems, Mo
Publisher:
Hyperion Books for Children
Author:
Phillipps, J. C.
Author:
Avril, Lynne
Author:
Kelly, L.J.R.
Author:
Tanaka, Yoko
Author:
Zapf, Marlena
Subject:
General
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Picturebooks
Subject:
Lost and found possessions
Subject:
Lost articles
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Fathers and daughters
Subject:
Toys
Subject:
Readers - Beginner
Subject:
Children s humor
Subject:
Animals - Apes & Monkeys
Subject:
Toys, Dolls, & Puppets
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series:
Knuffle Bunny
Publication Date:
20040931
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from P to 1
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full color throughout
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
10 x 10 in 1 lb
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:
04-08

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Product details 40 pages Hyperion Books for Children - English 9780786818709 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Cleverly expressive cartoons and photographic backdrops epitomize the hilarity and drama of young Trixie's lost-bunny crisis. Laugh-out-loud funny! Willems is a picture book genius.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Any child who has ever had a favorite toy will identify with the toddler star of this tale. The plot is simple: Trixie loses bunny, finds bunny and then exuberantly says her first words — 'Knuffle Bunny!!!' The fun comes from the details. In an innovative style that employs dappled black-and-white photographs of Brooklyn as backdrop to wickedly funny color cartoons, Willems (Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!) creates an entertaining story for parents and children alike. His economical storytelling and deft skill with line lend the book its distinctive charm, while the endpapers mitigate anxiety by clueing in readers concerning the solution to Trixie's problem. Willems renders the characters with Little Lulu — style pointed noses and their expressions are laugh-out-loud funny, from the hapless father's worried look as he and Trixie venture out to the Laundromat, to his roll-up-your-sleeves determination as he rescues the stuffed toy from the washing machine. But it's pre-verbal Trixie who steals the show. Her wide-eyed enthusiasm about the world around her is matched only by her desperate attempts to communicate. 'Aggle flaggle klabble!' she says when she finds Knuffle Bunny missing, and her well-intentioned but clueless father translates, 'That's right.... We're going home.' An especially delicious scene finds the frustrated Trixie abandoning baby talk for action: 'Well, she had no choice. Trixie bawled. She went boneless.' The accompanying pictures comically corroborate the omniscient narrator's claim. Willems once again demonstrates his keen insight with a story both witty and wise. Ages 4 – 8. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Personalities are artfully created so that both parents and children will recognize themselves within these pages. A seamless and supremely satisfying presentation of art and text."
"Synopsis" by , Using a combination of muted black-and-white photos and expressive illustrations, the author of the Caldecott Honor book Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! tells a true-to-life tale about what happens when Daddy's in charge and things go terribly, hilariously wrong.
"Synopsis" by ,
A charmingly irreverent look at a mischievous kid-fixation: underwear!

 

Underpants can be fancy or functional, but for pre-schoolers, it is always funny. Take Lily McBloom - she has the fancy kind and loves to show them off with a special dance to make everyone laugh. This horrifies her big sister who comes up with a plan to stop Lily's underpants dance forever. But Lily is one creative girl, and with a little outside-the-box thinking, she can keep right on dancing!  

For fans of Bear In Underwear and Ella Sarah Gets Dressed, this story celebrates the hilarity of kids' obsessions.

"Synopsis" by , Blanket and Bear have always gone everywhere with their boy—but one day they are accidentally left behind. On a daring adventure across oceans and faraway lands, they travel to find their way back to the boy, meeting new friends along the way.  
 
From debut picture book author L.J.R. Kelly, and acclaimed illustrator Yoko Tanaka, comes a poignant ode to well-loved toys sure to find its way into the hearts of children everywhere.     
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