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Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Taleby Mo Willems
A 2005 Caldecott Honor Book
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.
Synopses & Reviews
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.
"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.)
"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
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.
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.
Monkey Ono is not exactly a real monkey, but he really, really wants to go to the beach! So when Beach Day arrives, and the children who own him forget the bag he's in, Monkey Ono does not take this lying down, like most stuffed animals would. Oh no, he's got a plan. In fact he's got many, many plans. From riding the family dog to ricocheting through the sky to diving down the water pipes. All end with hilarious results, but not exactly according to plan. Will Monkey Ono ever get to the beach?? Only if the beach comes to him...
J.C. Phillippsandrsquo;s spirited text and stunning illustrations, done in colorful cut paper collage, deliver a humorous story with a great messageandmdash;try and try again!
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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