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Emmaline and the Bunny

3.45  ·  Rating Details ·  333 Ratings  ·  124 Reviews
Emmaline lives in a very tidy town, but Emmaline is not tidy. Emmaline likes to hop, hop, hop and holler, “Hoopalala!” And, more than anything, Emmaline wants a bunny.

Orson Oliphant is mayor of the town. He is very tidy. Orson Oliphant does not like hopping and hollering. And, more than anything, Orson Oliphant does not like animals. He has banished them all, including bun
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Greenwillow Books (first published June 17th 2008)
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Dec 17, 2008 Wrighty rated it really liked it
This is a lovely children's book about a lonely little girl who wants a bunny. Emmaline lives on Shipshape Street in Neatasapin. Everything there was very tidy. The mayor, a portly man named Orson Oliphant, demanded order and neatness. If anything didn't meet his standards, it was removed. The trees were removed for being leaf litterers, the weeds were whacked and the wild animals were sent away. Emmaline is not a tidy, quiet child. She tries but she likes to play and dig, to sing and dance. She ...more
Mar 11, 2009 Christiane rated it it was ok
This is a sweet book about a lonely little girl who befriends a wild bunny. It has a relevant (if a little heavy-handed)environmental theme and charming little watercolor illustrations. No one, you think, could dislike this book and yet I did! This book deeply annoyed me. I feel awful about it, especially since Booklist, Publisher's Weekly, and School Library Journal all loved it. BL gave it a starred review! Can I be so out of touch about children's literature?

Two things that I know I was supp
Amy Carr
Sep 21, 2009 Amy Carr rated it liked it
This was an interesting book. It is the story of a little girl who has a "hippie" spirit but lives in a very conservative, neat and orderly, "no room for messes" kind of world. The moral of the story is a little bit "in your face" with its message of conservation and environmentalism (is that even a word?)but the writing is really intriguing. The book is worth reading just to appreciate how the author uses words and creates images and feelings through word choice, repetition, and placement. I wa ...more
Apr 27, 2009 Susie rated it liked it
Shelves: children
This short chapter book was a little too sweet for me at times, but I enjoyed Katherine Hannigan's watercolor illustrations (right down to Emmaline's red shoes), as well as the back story about a town called Neatasapin (a la the land of Chewandswallow in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs), where no one is allowed to be messy.
Jul 19, 2009 GraceAnne rated it it was ok
I wanted to love this: I loved the shape and the typefont and the illustrations. But the story really irritated me, cutesy and twee and dumb by turns.
Teresa Watson
Jul 28, 2009 Teresa Watson rated it it was amazing
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Mary Ann
All of us yearn for a friend, and I clearly remember a point in my childhood when my pets were my closest companions. I could tell them all my secrets, pour my heart out to them and they wouldn't tell a soul. There's a special magic in having such a pet. Emmaline craves a bunny as her special friend. It's a lovely book - perfect for 1st through 3rd graders (or younger children as a read-aloud) who love animals.

Emmaline and her family live in the town of Neatasapin, on Shipshape Street. The town
Eva Mitnick
Jun 29, 2009 Eva Mitnick rated it liked it
Shelves: children
After storytime, while the kids are industriously crafting a paper bag puppet or decorating a picture frame made out of a manila folder, parents often take the opportunity to ask questions of the children’s librarian. There are easy questions like “we’re going on a plane trip – do you have any picture books I could share with Amber?” and more difficult and subjective questions like “which local schools do you recommend?”

One of my favorite questions was “I’d like to start reading chapter books t
Nov 10, 2012 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: transitional
Emmaline and the Bunny written and illustrated by Katherine Hannigan is an illustrated chapter book about a young girl named Emmaline. Emmaline lives in a very neat town named Neatasapin on Shipshape Street. In this very tidy town anything that “hops, digs, or scoot-skedaddles” is outlawed and kicked out and that includes bunnies. A bunny is all that Emmaline wants; she wants to hop, dig, and scoot-skedaddle with a bunny. She wants a bunny so badly she stops hopping, digging, scoot-skedaddling, ...more
Sep 20, 2009 Debbie rated it really liked it
After seeing a bunny on TV and in her books, Emmaline knew that a bunny could make her not so lonely. Living in Neatasapin was going to make it difficult, the mean Mayor Orson Oliphant had banished everything that made a mess, including animals. Emmaline knew what bunnies liked to do, hop around trees and shrubs, dig in the dirt and cuddle, she wanted to do it with them. Knowing she wouldn’t get a bunny in Neatasapin because her parents observed all the rules, including no trees, no shrubs and n ...more
Rachel Tackett
Apr 24, 2014 Rachel Tackett rated it really liked it
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Aug 27, 2009 Cassie rated it really liked it
I had the need to read something out of my comfort zone; lately I've been into watching cheesy horror movies and reading dark vampire stories. I needed something light! AND I really needed to catch up on my children's fiction reading. Well, you can't get more light that fuzzy bunnies, can you? Emmaline and the Bunny sounded as far from Jason and Michael Myers as I could get, and boy was I right! It was like slipping a vampire some O neg when they were expecting a vial of holy water. Alright, I w ...more
Ashten Wolff
Sep 16, 2016 Ashten Wolff added it
Shelves: fantasy
Sometimes it is good to make a mess, have fun, and not be tidy. Very cute book that would be great for 1st graders.
Sarah Sammis
Apr 11, 2010 Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing
Emmaline and the Bunny by Katherine Hannigan is a delightful and quirky graphic novel I found at my local library.

Emmaline and her family have the misfortune of living in the town of Neatasapin. Imagine the worst of the planned communities where everything is the same and nothing is designed with children in mind. Imagine such a tidy place that even the wildlife has been driven out.

In the middle of all of this regimented living is Emmaline, a normal, healthy, rambunctious child. What she despera
This is a very pretty book. The small-ish book just feels nice in your hand, and the paper is thick and lovely. I actually quite liked the illustrations, which were also done by the author. When I look at/page through the book, I imagine something in the spirit of The Tale of Despereaux - and for the most part this feeling is dead on regarding the story's tone.

My one problem with this book is that it has an overuse of inverted sentences and over-cute word use (especially with the overuse of the
Dec 29, 2009 Julie marked it as to-read
Recommended to Julie by: Carol Hurst
Shelves: carol-hurst, 1, 2, 3
(Greenwillow, 2009. ISBN 9780061626548. Order Info.) Chapter Book. 112 pages. Grades 1-3.

This chapter book uses a sweet approach to tell a cautionary tale of a town that doesn't allow any messiness. The language is playful, even silly, and the tender watercolor illustrations keep the tone light even while broaching a serious topic.

Emmaline lives in Neatasapin where tidiness has been decreed by the mayor and taken to extremes. Children are not allowed to hop, jump puddles, skate board or chew b
Apr 21, 2009 Kelly rated it really liked it
Summary: Emmaline lives in a tidy town, but she can’t manage to stay tidy herself. That can make a girl feel very alone. And the thing Emmaline wants most is a bunny to be her friend, but bunnies—a very untidy bunch—have been banished from her town.

Review: Such a sweet little story. I loved the language and repetition—it would make for a great read-aloud. This is from the first chapter:

Emmaline wanted a bunny.

She’d seen them on TV and in books.

She liked how they hop, hop, hopped. She liked ho
Emmaline probably suffered from my expectations of another wondrous book/heroine like Ida B, but I thought it was just OK. Emmaline lives in Neatasapin, only she is not a tidy child. She likes to run and dig in the dirt, and shout, and most of all she wants a bunny to snuggle and dig and hop & holler with. The mayor of Neatasapin is a big bully, who paves over the grass to make it neater, and has all the townspeople afraid of putting a foot out of line... all of them except Emmaline. She tri ...more
Neatasapin is NOT the right village for a child, especially a child like Emmaline who likes to run, skip, play in the mud, and yell. It is also not the right place for a bunny, the thing that Emmaline wants most mostly. So, although Emmaline tries to be a neat child to be rewarded with a pet, the bunny at the pet shop is not a hoppity-hop bunny like the one Emmaline wants. So she declines the offer and becomes very sad, neat and sad. Until she hears about a place that has trees, bushes, weeds, a ...more
Feb 01, 2010 Cboatfield11 rated it it was ok
I was a liitle disappointed in this one. Emmaline who is not a tidy girl who lives in a place called Neatasapin where everyone and everything must be tidy. She wants a bunny...well that would be most untidy, mostly. Author ends sentences with mostly which I found annoying. Early one morning, Emmaline goes to Untidy where she meets and plays with a bunny. Her deep enjoyment,love, and concern for the bunny is geniune. In order to be able to bring the bunny home something must be done about Mayor O ...more
Oct 07, 2009 Chris rated it really liked it
Both simple and not.

Personally I only enjoyed it to a three-star level, but think it's easily a four-star for its intended audience.

It's surely meant to be read aloud, and I think the best thing about it is the language. You'd need to practice to get expletives like "whackadoodlewhipperpoo" out without tripping over your tongue, but it would be worth it. An abbreviated sample passage:

Orson Oliphant was Mayor of Neatasapin. He was bulky and bad-tempered.

He made proclamations and declarations, mos
Vanessa Westen
Very cute story about a girl who just wanted a bunny. She was not allowed to have a wild bunny because of the town she lived in, but soon her parents rebelled and got her a wild bunny. Teaches kids not to worry if you are a little different, there is nothing wrong with you.
Savannah Wilson
Nov 14, 2012 Savannah Wilson rated it liked it
Emmaline lives on Shipshape street where she is one lonely little girl. Day and night she is constantly asking for a bunny for a companion. The neat and tidy mayor comes along bans anything that hops, digs, or scoot-skedaddles. That means bunnies are banned too! Emmaline goes off on her own and finds a bunny and learns all about them. Emmaline know that she can't take it home with her since her town doesn't allow messiness. Her determination to have a bunny ends up brim her family and the entire ...more
Jun 27, 2009 Ramarie rated it it was ok
Emmaline wants a bunny but she lives in Neatasapin and bunnies are too messy. She meets a bunny when out exploring and the bunny leads her to a place where order and neatness are not so important and natural things grow freely. If Emmaline can change Neatasapin into a place where grass is in place instead of concrete, and trees (even though they are leaf-litterers) can grow, the bunnies would be invited to join Neatasapin and Emmaline could have her bunny.
The watercolor illustrations are beauti
Bridget R. Wilson
Emmaline wants a bunny more than anything, but bunnies are banned in the town of Neatasapin. Bunnies are not neat, just ask the mayor. Emmaline's quest for a bunny to hop and scoot-skedaddle with transforms the town into a friendlier place. (Just ask the animals).

What I thought: The book is delightful. I love Hannigan's word choices. The story reads like poetry. Her illustrations are great. I love the soft colors and the contrast between Emmaline and the other "neat" children. I believe Emmaline
Aug 23, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it
Emmaline and the Bunny is the story of Emmaline, a little girl who lives in a very tidy town called Neatasapin (neat-as-a-pin). Unfortunately Emmaline is NOT a tidy child. She likes to hop like a bunny, jump in water puddles until she's sopping wet, and cry out words like "Hoopalala!" and "Dinglederrydee!" But the trouble all begins when Emmaline decides she would like a bunny rabbit for a pet....

Read more of my review here:
Aug 19, 2009 Janessa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
This is not your typical children's book. The format, the voice, the characters and the story carry a uniqueness that are as delightful as they are unpredictable. And while the characters are not always realistic, what they represent is very real, from the bulky and bad-tempered Orson Oliphant to Emmaline the Only who is so, so lonely. It is a fun, engaging, whimsical story that had my daughter giggling in some parts, scowling in others, and asking at the end of each chapter for 'just one more'. ...more
Oct 04, 2010 Elizabeth☮ rated it really liked it
Shelves: recent-reads
a beautiful book about a young girl emmaline who lives in the austere town of neatasapin. the mayor of this town despises all things messy so he demands that all dirt, leaves, essentially nature, be removed from the town.

emmaline struggles with this because she likes to hop and skip and be a young girl. she especially wants a bunny. and of course she can not have a bunny.

emmaline makes a discovery around the corner and she finds a lovely small bunny.

this is a beautiful story about friendship an
Jill Wolf
Mar 26, 2016 Jill Wolf rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Fantasy #1
This book is about a girl named Emmaline and she lives in a town where everything is always spick and span. She does not really fit in like the rest of the people that live there do. She really wishes to have a bunny, but she wants one from the wild so it will do all the things that she does. She finds a bunny in a nearby town, but it isn't until the end of the book when the town becomes less neat that the bunny finally shows up. This is a fantasy book because the animals are able to
Maya Ganesan
Jan 31, 2009 Maya Ganesan rated it really liked it
"'You have a very untidy child!' he shouted, fists whap-whomping. 'FIX HER!'"

Reading this book offered more proof that Katherine Hannigan is an amazing writer. Though this was written for younger children, it's still a fun and cute read.

I love how the characters are so relatable and spunky. Emmaline's quirky narration provided rhythm, life, and charm, breathing sweet perspective into an already-lively story.

"Emmaline and the Bunny" is a perfect and wild, keeping the pages flipping and the lovab
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Katherine Hannigan's first novel, Ida B . . . and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World was a New York Times bestseller, a Book Sense bestseller, and a Parents' Choice Gold Award winner, and it appeared on more than twenty-five state award lists. She (and several wild rabbits) live at the edge of a meadow in northeastern Iowa.
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