Synopses & Reviews
This latest hardcover picture book from the New York Times bestselling Ladybug Girl series proves that true friendship is better than any toy
Lulu is excited about her playdate with Finnyand especially excited about Finnys Rolly-Roo. In fact, Lulu loves the toy so much that she . . . kind of forgets to play with Finny. So when the girls accidentally break the Rolly-Roo, will Lulu realize her mistake? In this compassionate and charming story about the value of a great friend, Lulu and Finny repair the broken toy, and soon forget all about it, blasting off on new imaginative adventures together as Ladybug Girl and Grasshopper Girl.
Great for fans of Fancy Nancy, Olivia, and Knuffle Bunny, this beloved series is celebrated for its gentle and authentic look at kid-truths.
In this poignant vacation themed conclusion to Willems's Knuffle Bunny series Trixie accidentally forgets her beloved stuffed toy on an international flight as she travels from Brooklyn to Holland with her parents to visit her Dutch grandparents. Willems emphasizes the way Trixie handles the crisis with all the maturity she can muster: "Trixie tried to enjoy going to the café and the swings in the playground" but "he missed her Knuffle Bunny." Her knowing grandparents note "how big she was getting. Trixie understood. She was getting bigger. Even if she wished she wasn't." Willems's color caricatures superimposed on grayscale photos track Trixie's shifting moods and resolve and a gatefold pictures Trixie's cathartic dream of the rabbit meeting other children worldwide. In the previous books the prodigal Knuffle Bunny always returns and Trixie always needs him. Here a growing Trixie proves capable of letting go and when the rabbit reappears she chooses the terms of their good bye. Willems's affectionate saga comes to a reassuring end letting readers know they can release the treasured objects of childhood without losing their identities or their families' love. Ages 3–7. (Oct.) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
"In this poignant vacation-themed conclusion to Willems's Knuffle Bunny series, Trixie accidentally forgets her beloved stuffed toy on an international flight, as she travels from Brooklyn to Holland with her parents to visit her Dutch grandparents. Willems emphasizes the way Trixie handles the crisis with all the maturity she can muster: 'Trixie tried to enjoy going to the cafe and the swings in the playground,' but 'he missed her Knuffle Bunny.' Her knowing grandparents note 'how big she was getting. Trixie understood. She was getting bigger. Even if she wished she wasn't.' Willems's color caricatures, superimposed on grayscale photos, track Trixie's shifting moods and resolve, and a gatefold pictures Trixie's cathartic dream of the rabbit meeting other children worldwide. In the previous books, the prodigal Knuffle Bunny always returns, and Trixie always needs him. Here, a growing Trixie proves capable of letting go and, when the rabbit reappears, she chooses the terms of their good-bye. Willems's affectionate saga comes to a reassuring end, letting readers know they can release the treasured objects of childhood without losing their identities or their families' love. Ages 3 – 7. (Oct.)
"This denouement is enough to give you goose bumps, and young readers may be wiping the tears from their parents' cheeks. Good night, Knuffle Bunny." Booklist (starred review)
"Familiar theme...positive message about sharing...the spirit of generosity...may be contagious to youngsters after reading this upbeat tale." and#8212;Publishers Weekly
"Another healthy serving of charm and life lesson from the dependable Bunting...amicably depicted in Carpenter's dear, guiless pen-and-ink drawings." and#8212;Kirkus Reviews
"Children will listen intently to this tale...softly colored, uncluttered illustrations...have an old-fashioned charm......will resonate with many children." and#8212;School Library Journal
"A sensitive, affecting story about growing up and leaving favorite things behind...with charming ink-and-paint illustrations...Reassuring and well told." and#8212;Booklist, ALA
Trixie and her family are off on a fantastic trip to visit her grandparents — all the way in Holland! But does Knuffle Bunny have different travel plans?
An emotional tour de force, Knuffle Bunny Free concludes one of the most beloved picture-book series in recent memory, with pitchperfect text and art, photos from around the world, and a stunning foldout spread, culminating in a hilarious and moving surprise that no child or parent will be able to resist.
Bestselling, award-winning author Mo Willems has created an epic love story as only he can, filled with the joys and sadness of growing up — and the unconditional love that binds a father, mother, daughter, and a stuffed bunny.
This loveable tale of a little bear who grows too big for his beloved boat teaches children about generosity, sharing, and the struggles of growing up.and#160; Eve Bunting's simple yet lyrical langauge and Nancy Carpenter's charming illustrations are sure to delight youngsters!
Little Bear loves his little boat. But Little Bear soon begins to grow and grow, until one
day he doesnand#8217;t fit in his little boat anymore! All children who experience growing pains
will appreciate Little Bearand#8217;s predicament. And they will smile with satisfaction as the
solution to his problem unfolds in simple, lyrical words and charming pictures from
two award-winning picture-book creators.
About the Author
Mo Willems is a three-time Caldecott Honor-winning Dinosaur (for Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny, and Knuffle Bunny Too). He also won two Geisel Medals for There Is a Bird on Your Head! and Are You Ready to Play Outside?, and a Geisel Honor for We Are in a Book! His books are perennial New York Times bestsellers, including Knuffle Bunny Free and Hooray for Amanda and Her Alligator! Before he turned to making picture books, Mo was a writer and animator on Sesame Street, where he won six Emmys. Mo lives happily ever after with his family in Massachusetts.