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Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale Hardcover – Sep 1 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; 1 edition (Sept. 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786818700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786818709
  • Product Dimensions: 31.1 x 1.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 1–Trixie steps lively as she goes on an errand with her daddy, down the block, through the park, past the school, to the Laundromat. For the toddler, loading and putting money into the machine invoke wide-eyed pleasure. But, on the return home, she realizes something. Readers will know immediately that her stuffed bunny has been left behind but try as she might, (in hilarious gibberish), she cannot get her father to understand her problem. Despite his plea of "please don't get fussy," she gives it her all, bawling and going "boneless." They both arrive home unhappy. Mom immediately sees that "Knuffle Bunny" is missing and so it's back to the Laundromat they go. After several tries, dad finds the toy among the wet laundry and reclaims hero status. Yet, this is not simply a lost-and-found tale. The toddler exuberantly exclaims, "Knuffle Bunny!!!" "And those were the first words Trixie ever said." The concise, deftly told narrative becomes the perfect springboard for the pictures. They, in turn, augment the story's emotional acuity. Printed on olive-green backdrops, the illustrations are a combination of muted, sepia-toned photographs upon which bright cartoon drawings of people have been superimposed. 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.–Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI
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*Starred Review* PreS-Gr. 1. This comic gem proves that Caldecott Medal-winner Willems, the Dr. Spock and Robin Williams of the lap-sit crowd, has just as clear a bead on pre-verbal children as on silver-tongued preschoolers. On a father-daughter trip to the Laundromat, before toddler Trixie "could even speak words," Daddy distractedly tosses her favorite stuffed bunny into the wash. Unfortunately, Trixie's desperate cries ("aggle flaggle klabble") come across as meaningless baby talk, so she pitches a fit until perceptive Mommy and abashed Daddy sprint back to retrieve the toy. Willems chronicles this domestic drama with pitch-perfect text and illustrations that boldly depart from the spare formula of his previous books. Sepia-tone photographs of a Brooklyn neighborhood provide the backdrops for his hand-drawn artwork, intensifying the humor of the gleefully stylized characters--especially Trixie herself, who effectively registers all the universal signs of toddler distress, from the first quavery grimace to the uncooperative, "boneless" stage to the googly-eyed, gape-mouthed crisis point. Even children who can already talk a blue streak will come away satisfied that their own strong emotions have been mirrored and legitimized, and readers of all ages will recognize the agonizing frustration of a little girl who knows far more than she can articulate. Jennifer Mattson
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The story is simple but adorable and is enjoyable to adults and children alike. (The description of the tantrum as "going boneless" makes me laugh every time!) Very clever use of illustrations over photographed backgrounds - would love to see more from this author in this style.
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This is a great little book and a funny little story. The combination of illustration with photography make it very interesting to young readers. Further, the expressions on the father's face in the book truly speak to the adult reader. Very enjoyable.
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I love these stories. They are great for children. Specially for children who love their stuffies.
Thank you my grandchildren love them as well.
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By Kerrie Fedunyk on July 23 2013
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Not only do I love this book my students do too! There is a "waiting list" to read it. d
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By Qwerty on April 4 2013
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We have three of the Knuffle Bunny books, and our kids love them! Easy to read, and the kids always want more!
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