Sunday, February 19, 2012

Children's Book Review: Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale
Knuffle Bunny:  A Cautionary Tale
Written by:  Mo Willems
Published by:  Hyperion Books for Children, 2004
40 pages

Merging expressive cartoon network-esque illustrations with beautiful black and white photographs of Brooklyn, this funny story tells how Trixie and Knuffle Bunny's trip to the laundromat with Dad goes terribly wrong when Trixie realizes some bunny's been left behind...! Her attempts to alert Dad all the way home are unsuccessful, until Mum points out that Knuffle Bunny is missing and the family hotfoot it back to the laundromat.

* Our family is  a big fan of Mo Willems.  We have enjoyed all of his work, from his Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus series to the Elephant and Piggie series.  In Knuffle Bunny, I liked how Willems mixed real photographs with his cartoon figures.  My kids could relate, since they both have a favorite "lovie" type animal.  As a parent my husband and I could relate, to dealing with temper tantrums, children not being understood, and to Trixie going "boneless" (although in our case I think we found the kids going stiff as a board, creating an equally difficult problem!). 

Family Rating: 1 1/2 thumbs up!

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