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Chloe has ten older brothers and sisters and ten younger brothers and sisters.She’s in the middle and she loves it—especially when they all gather for family fun time.

But when Dad brings home a surprise one evening, Chloe finds she is not in the middle anymore . . . but not for long!

With gorgeous colored-ink drawings and funny, spare text, Peter McCarty tells a winning sto...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 19th 2012 by Balzer & Bray
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Chloe by Peter McCarty is an adorable story filled with family and love. Words that inspire sharing time as a family with imagination, interaction, and laughter.

For me, the pictures held the magic though. Pages filled with warm, rich colors pulled me right into the book. The clear, crisp illustrations flowed, swirled, and almost hopped around the page capturing the bunny family’s energy and cuteness perfectly. I so wanted to reach in and scratch their cute bunny ears! :)

Fun for the whole family....more
Yes, yes, we get it, digital media is evil.
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Eh -- maybe I'm trying to read too much into this book, but something about it felt off.

Is it a story about the difficulties of being a middle child in a large family? Is it a diatribe against television as family entertainment? Is it about the (questionable, IMHO) joys of popping bubble wrap?

I'm just not sure what Peter McCarty was trying to get at here, and it's too bad, because I did enjoy his Hondo and Fabian so much. The 20 bunny brothers and sisters seemed rather flat and uninteresting.

Peter McCarty's new book is wonderfully illustrated as usual. It's the story of Chloe, the middle child of 21 kids. Her favorite time of the day is when all of her siblings come home and they can all have family fun time.

This particular day her father brings home a television set. Everyone is excited except for Chloe and baby Bridget. After dinner everyone crowds around the TV. Chloe and Bridget think this is a lousy idea. Bridget finds the box and, wonder of wonders!, bubble wrap! Soon all the...more
Steven Matview
I thought this book was great and I’m surprised to see such a mixed reaction here. The art is cute and McCarty doesn’t beat you over the head with the message – a positive message about pretend play. I would recommend a parent read this book to their preschooler and have a box and bubble wrap ready to play with after!
Chloe loves when everyone comes home because that means its family time but something changes when Dad brings home a TV and family fun time is not the same. However, Chloe and little Bridget find something else to do like popping bubble wrap and playing in the box that the TV came in. Soon everyone wants to do what Chloe is doing.

This is a good book for kids to realize that you can have fun with the things around you and you don't have to watch TV to have fun. This also reminds me of when our li...more
I love the message of this book. It is refreshing to see a child (okay a bunny) who isn't engrossed with the TV and who convinces her family that an active imagination is more entertaining.
Blek, could the message hit you over the head hard enough? Three stars for the exxxxxxxcellent, expressive artwork. I want McCarty to do a portrait of my kitties. :)
Jim Erekson
Okay, the book's turn-off-your-tv message rings loud and clear, but this book doesn't push me to take its message too seriously. The playfulness in how Chloe draws people into another mode made me laugh out loud when the giant monster on the tv even stopped to look out of the tv set at what was going on.

McCarty has an animator's sense for faces, gestures, and angles--for helping me make sense of what characters are thinking. The brothers and sisters cock up their ears immediately even though th...more
Jan 18, 2012 Lorna rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: families, ages 3+, all ages
Recommended to Lorna by: Lisa Fabiano
Peter McCarty produces such charming books (Fabian Escapes, T is For Terrible, Little Bunny On The Move) and his latest is no exception. The predominantly brown on cream palate compliments his story of a typically large, and very happy bunny family. Chloe is the middle child, in one of my favorite spreads she is the center of a whirlwind created by her family. Swirling brown bunnies, what could be better. Another two page spread includes the huge family at table eating all their favorite healthy...more
Sweet picture book about Chloe, the object of Henry's affection in the author's previous book Henry in Love (one of my favorites last year). Chloe is the "middle child", with 10 older siblings and 10 younger siblings, and has to express her opinions in order to be noticed -- and she does. The strengths of this book, in my opinion, are with the beautifully detailed illustrations -- each sibling is recognizable from page to page, although the rabbits' expressions are a little spooky. Love the incl...more
If you thought for at least a moment that “the not for long” meant Chloe would be dealing with a new sibling or cousin or someone–you were mistaken. No, the surprise Dad brings home is–ta-da!–a television!

So, what does the arrival of the television have to do with Chloe being the middle child? Are we to be sad she is no longer the center of attention and/or the go-to girl for stellar ideas for familial “fun-time” activities? I think the story is supposed to be about how television-watching affec...more
Lindsay Caudill
The reason I chose Chloe as my Caldecott award winner was because of the way the pictures told a story. Peter McCarty did a wonderful job expressing the story in pictures. First off, the pages are very thick and I can tell that this book will stay in tact and not rip for a very long time. As I read the book, I focused a lot on the pictures. I noticed that if I was looking through the book at only the pictures and not the text, I still understand the main idea of the book. If you pay enough atten...more
Bambini Travel
Chloe, the bunny, has 10 brothers and sisters. Her favorite thing is when her whole family all gathers together for family time. One night, however, her Dad brings home a tv. Most of her family is thrilled with the new entertainment, but Chloe isn't. She would rather play with the box. A softly colored-ink illustrated story about imagination and the value of true play in a media obsessed culture. McCarty proves once and for all that all you really need to have fun is a box full of bubble wrap.
Vernon Area Public Library KIDS
Oh what fun the simple joys of life are! Chloe the rabbit is the middle child of a big family (ten older brothers and sisters and ten younger brothers and sisters). Everyone loves family fun time at the end of the day. One day, Father brought home a tv and everyone was entranced except Chloe and her younger sister Bridget. They knew how to create their own fun, by snatching the plastic bubble wrap out of the box and pop, pop, popping it! Soon everyone joined in on the fun except Mother and Fathe...more
Sunnyvale Librarian
Chloe is the middle child in a large rabbit family and loves to spend time with her parents and siblings each evening. One day, Dad brings home a new television as a surprise for the family. Everyone rushes through dinner so all the Bunnies can watch TV together; everyone except Chloe and her little sister, Bridget. They miss the usual family fun and soon discover the discarded TV box and bubble wrap. Their brothers and sisters are drawn to the "pop, pap, bip" sound of bubble wrap bursting and j...more
The middle bunny in a family of ten older and ten younger brothers and sisters, Chloe loves family fun time until her father brings home a television. While her family argues over Pound Cake eating the city, Chloe and Baby Bridget have such a riotous time popping the bubble wrap and playing in the packing box that everyone finally joins in. Once asleep, she dreams of “Bip! Pap! Pop! Bop!” [unpaged]and the illustration on that page shows Daddy doing the popping in the dark! Clear, crisp colored-i...more
Chloe, the adorable bunny from Henry in Love is back, this time with her whole family. She has ten older brothers and sisters and ten younger brothers and sisters. "Chloe in is the middle". Chloe's favorite part of the day, after dinner family fun time, is threatened by the appearance of a new television set. Suddenly, no one wants to play, they only want to watch TV. Luckily, Chloe and little sister Bridget have a plan to lure our her family's playful side.

This is a wonderful little love lette...more
Chloe has a big rabbit family and looks forward to the family time she spends with them. One day, Dad brings home a TV and Chloe longs for the days of family togetherness. Finding fun in the box and all its trappings Chloe lures all her brothers and sisters back to her kind of fun.

One thing that kind of irked me about the storyb was that the bunnies are punished for disrupting TV time and sent to bed. Their disruptions were creative (using the box and bubble wrap to perform for each other) and...more
My five-year-old son picked out this book this week because this week he wanted books with white covers and because one of our cats is named Chloe.

Alas, this book did not do justice our Chloe Cat -- she is much more interesting and far less didactic, and she is much, much cuter.


Years ago, I read Henry in Love, a picture book about a cat named Henry who becomes besotted with his beautiful classmate, a bunny named Chloe. I thought that the illustrations were ridiculously adorable, but that the story was really basic and the characters didn't show much expression (through text or image). Well, this spin-off about Chloe doesn't show a lot of emotional range, either (when Chloe is pouting and crossing her arms, her expression remains the same), but I have to admi...more
Christine Turner

Chloe Bunny lives with her big family of ten older brothers and sisters and ten younger brothers and sisters, but it is only Chloe who is able to compete with the new television set that Dad brings home one evening.

Caldecott Honor winner McCarty has created an utterly charming story about family, imagination, and love featuring Chloe, the spunky bunny from the "New York Times" Best Illustrated Book "Henry in Love." Full color.


Brothers and sis...more
I loved the illustrations in this one-- charming and strange. The bunnies are simultaneously cute and odd, almost alien-esque with their solid-black eyes.
Chloe loves being in the middle of her large family, but when her father brings home a new television set, the family isn't interested in doing any of the fun things they used to do. All they want to do is watch TV--until Chloe and her little sister Bridget start popping the bubble wrap and playing with the box in which the TV arrived. The colored ink drawings are creative and show the delight with which the family has fun no matter what they are doing. I laughed in glee at the wry text and the...more
This is the most beautiful book about being in the middle of an adorable family... And loving it. The drawings are terrific, the premise is perfection and the problem solved perfectly....who does NOT LOVE bubble wrap ? is all I can say! This made me laugh so much I had to show to everyone that I could....and make them read it.
I think this is one of the sweetest, books I have yet to get my hands on this year and I would encourage anyone who even just " barely likes " childrens books to gab this...more
Heather Mize
We checked this book out from our local library. I found it to be a story with no value. Not sure how it was published.
Jesse Lasarte
Is a story about a little rabbit named Chloe. Chloe has 10 older brothers and sisters and 10 younger brothers and sisters. Chloe not only loves being the middle child, but also the center of attention. However, one day her dad brings home a gift for the family. Chloe soon finds out that her dad’s gift takes the family’s focus off of her. As a result, Chloe needs to find away to get her family’s attention again. This is one of my favorite McCarty books. The story has a good plot and theme. Also,...more
Bridget R. Wilson
Chloe has a large family--twenty brothers and sisters--but she's the only one who objects when Dad brings home a new TV. Watching TV is not family fun time. Chloe and her baby sister Bridget discover the joys of cardboard boxes and bubble wrap. They slowly convince their other brothers and sisters that playing and imagining is more fun than watching TV.

What I thought: I love how Chloe promotes imaginative play as a better family fun activity than watching TV. I love the illustrations--soft colo...more
Bridgette Guerzon Mills
My 4 year old and I enjoyed this book. She loves bunnies and bubble wrap. I absolutely adored the illustrations.
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I was born in 1966 in Westport, Connecticut right in the middle of two older brothers and two younger sisters. We kept our mother busy while my father worked long hours at IBM. Most of my childhood was spent in my head. I was usually recreating a battle from World War II or running from dinosaurs in prehistoric times. To this day, I develop characters and environments based on worlds I first creat...more
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