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Knuffle Bunny (Knuffle Bunny #1)

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Japanese edition of the Caldecott Honor Award book (2005) Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale written and illustrated by Mo Willems. A toddler loses her toy 'Kuffle Bunny' and tries her best to tell her parents. Translated by Nakagawa Hirotaka. In Japanese. Distributed by Tsai Fong Books, Inc.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published October 2nd 2004 by Hyperion Books (first published 2004)
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“Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale” is a Caldecott Honor book from Mo Willems, creator of Cartoon Network’s “Sheep in the Big City.” This book is about how a toddler named Trixie loses her Knuffle Bunny at the Laundromat and has a hard time trying to tell her dad that they lost Knuffle Bunny. “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale” is truly one of the most brilliant children’s books ever written that children will love for many years!

Mo Willems has truly done a brilliant job at writing and illustratin
Feb 15, 2008 Ellen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Absolutely everyone.
I'd give this book extra stars if I could (5 is so limiting, no?) for the amount of times the phrase "she went boneless" has made me laugh at completely random moments during my work day. It's a perfect description of what toddlers do during a tantrum. You know, when they collapse on the ground (this is great fun in a public place) making them nearly impossible to lift. I also happen to love these illustrations, with simply rendered drawings superimposed on black and white urban scenery (Brookly ...more
Okay, so I debated adding the picture books I've read because they are so short and when you've worked in a children's library they can quickly add up. That can be slightly misleading when the book count at the top says, "you have read 1965 books!" That being said, I'm only putting on my absolute favorites and what I consider to be quality children's literture. People are always having babies and books make a good gift. So here are my suggestions just in case you've ever been tempted to pick up ...more
A little addition to my previous thoughts, now that my daughter has discovered this book. Nothing beats the big smile she breaks into every time I read this book. Just an all around hit with my kids.

I've heard a lot about Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems but it is a popular book and therefor difficult to find a copy of at the Library. A few weeks ago I saw it sitting on a display and made a bee line to it so I could snatch it up.
The book instantly became a hit with Red. When we left the library that
We finally got around to reading the first Knuffle Bunny, when Trixie was a baby and first got her bunny, and lost it for the very first time. The illustrations again were Caldecott honor worthy and a unique way of following the story. Willems once again delights the younger and older audiences alike in this book. A worthy addition to any children's library.
Mo Willems is the current children's book Juggernaut. It seems all of his books are hits. His Pigeon books are hilarious. His Elephant and Piggie series: brilliant.

Of his oeuvre though, I contend that the Knuffle Bunny series is the best. Of the 3 books, 2 won the Caldecott Medal.

So, we read all three in order tonight. Here is Eleanor's review for the first one:

Me: Tell me why you liked the first book.

E: Because Trixie was a baby. And I like babies.

Me: Tell me what happened in the book.

This book was featured in September 2014 of Virtual Book Club for Kids. It is a very simple story of a toddler, Trixie, and her best friend, a stuffed rabbit she calls Knuffle Bunny (pronounced Ka-nuffle Bunny). One day, they head to the Laundromat with Trixie’s daddy. After loading the machines and heading home, Trixie realizes that she doesn’t have Knuffle Bunny. She doesn’t speak yet, so she tries to communicate what is wrong to her father through random jargon. Daddy doesn’t understand why T ...more
Knuffle Bunny, caught my eye at the local bookstore. Filled with black and white photo's with cartoon characters imposed over the top. The art captures your attention. Then you open up this little story and are transported back to those days with small munchkins in toe. All the frustration and craziness, and joy flooded my senses and memories as I remembered my Knuffle Bunny experiences with small children.(I have five children). I found myself chuckling out loud as I came to the page with the b ...more
Katie Carson
I loved the images of this book; the way the black and white photos worked together with the bright, colorful illustrations, I really thought it brought the characters to life.

What really stuck out to me was Trixie's inability to verbalize her realization that she had left Knuffle Bunny behind. In working with young children, I am always curious as to what is behind those elated shouts of joy, the few heavy tears or the fits of absolute terror. Trixie's father expresses frustration with his daug
Knuffle Bunny is the type of book you just can't help but like. Anyone who has ever has a special toy will enjoy looking through this book and following the character Trixie, a toddler whose language skills are yet to be developed. Trixie's dad takes her through the city as he does his errands, and somewehre along the way her special Knuffle Bunny disappears. The illustrations in this book are key to the story because they articulate the different emotions young Trixie is experiencing. With her ...more
karrie's corner
If your child has a blankie, stuffed animal or other comfort item, you will appreciate this little tale of a girl and her father doing laundry at the local Laundromat. Mo Willems combines photographs of his own neighborhood in New York City, and superimposes his colorful drawings into the pictures. What you get is a really effective storyboard. (In a most of candor, Willems admitted that he Photo-shopped all the trash and debris out of the pictures when he noticed how dirty his neighborhood look ...more
The highlight of this book to me is the art style with its cartoon-y illustrations over lovely photographs of Brooklyn, NY. (For the record, I liked the photos better than the drawings.) The rest of the story is cute but didn't blow me away. It read more like a sweet personal family story a parent would write about their child's favorite toy.

What's cautionary about this tale? Is it warning parents that if they are clueless to their pre-speaking toddler's needs they are in for a tantrum? Or is i
The PandaBat loves this, even though she's never had a special stuffed animal or blanket or anything.


The PandaBat has always loved Knuffle Bunny. Which is not as ominous as it sounds. It's a good thing, really.

2007 Dec 20

She really loves Mo Willems, too. The Elephant and Piggy books, the Pigeon books, all of it, except that one travel book. Which she doesn't get.


2008 Jul 12

If there's a baby coming into the life of someone you know, give the Knuffle Bunny and the two sequels. They will love
Nov 06, 2008 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a great story that our girls could relate to. It's about a Dad and a young toddler spending time together. But it's also about the struggle of that young toddler who is learning to talk and the frustration of the Dad who doesn't understand. In addition, it's illustrated in a very unique way, using real photographs superimposed with cartoon characters. We've read this one a few times.
Lisa Vegan
I really love the incorporation of photos of real places and the paintings (not at all realistic) of the characters and other objects that make up this book’s illustrations.

The story of a lost favorite toy of a preverbal child will strike a chord with young children.
Jackie "the Librarian"
Mar 16, 2008 Jackie "the Librarian" rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids of all ages
Perfectly captures that childhood experience of losing a beloved toy, and that frantic feeling when you realize it.
Knuffle Bunny is another great Mo Willems book. This story is a favorite in my home, as I have children with favorite toys that they have misplaced at one time or another, so we can relate to the frenzied search! This book is perfect for a classroom, as many students will be able to share their own stories about their favorite toys. What I also love is that it could be used to challenge student's memories on places Trixie passed on her way to the laundry mat. It would also be interesting to disc ...more
Violet Wilson
Violet Says: 5 stars
I love this book! It's one of my favs, and one of the books I've probably read the most. The best part is when Trixie and her daddy forget Knuffle Bunny in the laundry machine. Before I could even talk I loved to point at Knuffle Bunny peeking out the window of the laundry machine and say "uh oh!" There is also a dog or two in the background of some of the pictures that I like to point out.

Dad Says: 4 stars
The story here isn't anything exceptional, but it's told in a lovely s
Crystal Bandel
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems, published 2004.

Realistic fiction.

Picture book.

Pre-K to grade 1.

Found via School Library Journal, reviewed by Martha Topol.

Young Trixie and her Knuffle Bunny doll are inseparable, so of course Knuffle Bunny goes on an errand to the laundromat with her and her father. On the way home, though, Knuffle Bunny is missing, and Trixie desperately tries to let her father know that something's wrong, but he just thinks she's having a temper tantrum. Once her
L13_Allison Safran
"Aggle, Flaggle, Klabble!" said Trixie again. "Blaggle, plaggle! Wumpy flappy? Snurp."

Knuffle Bunny won the Caldecott Award! It has fun and humor from the first page to the last. It is a story about a little girl named Trixie who has a major temper tantrum after she looses her Knuffle Bunny. The story goes through a day in the life of Trixie, and how she travels all over the neighborhood running errands with her father. Accidentally leaving Knuffle Bunny behind at the laundry mat, Trixie has a m
Generally I don't add picture books on here. If I do reach my goal of reading 100 books in 2010, I'm going to be really disappointed with myself when I realize that one of those books has less words than this review does. But y'all, this book is so good. Seriously! The art is wonderful; the story is equally enjoyable for kids and adults. Show me a two year-old who doesn't repeatedly request Knuffle Bunny after having it read to them once, and I'll show you a two year-old who doesn't know how to ...more
What is it about Mo Willems' children's stories that they can tickle grown-ups and kids alike? I can only surmise that the characters and situations are relatable to both adults (parents, especially) and to children. When it comes to Knuffle Bunny, most kids can remember a time when they lost a special toy, and parents sympathize with the agony of a toddler throwing a fit in public. Plus Willems' books are good fun.

Knuffle Bunny follows in the tradition of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!: ir
Ah, the first of the Knuffle Bunny books!

Now, I should mention from the start that knuffle is a Dutch word meaning "Snuggle" and, as such, the k is pronounced. I don't suppose it matters except that it comes up in the next book, so best to get it right now, right?

This is a plot familiar to anybody who has ever been near a small child: The Lost Toy. Trixie, the baby (and ain't she cute?) has a bunny. Which she loses. Not that her dad realizes. He's cheerfully oblivious to the fact that her tantru
Sondra Santos
Just this week my son's father (referred to from this point forward, as He, with a capital H), called me and frantically explained that our son left his blankie at school.

His blankie is much like Knuffle Bunny, whom we have all grown to love, along with Trixie and her caffeine-deprived dad in this 'cautionary tale' by Mo Willems.

Poor Dad. He doesn't understand why Trixie is so upset until the front door opens and Mom's first words are, "Where's Knuffle Bunny?" The panic that ensues after this i
May 05, 2014 Jessica rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Toddlers
Shelves: graciela
This is one of Graciela's (age 2) favorites right now. We read it every night before bed, per her request. There is one page that always makes her laugh "snurp", and she comments on new (and sometimes the same) observations each time we read it. It's so fun to see her so entertained by a book. We originally checked this one out at the library, but had to invest in our own copy.
Apr 03, 2013 June rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: librarians, parents, teachers and PreK
Recommended to June by: Elissa?
What a blast! Perfect for parents who have a child with a special toy. Children at storytime love Trixie's utterances.

The group loved it today, the teachers were even laughing. 1/25/12

One of my favorite story time books, I used it today at the stuffed animal/pj storytime and attracted another child who hadn't wanted to join when I started the program. I use it for both toy and rabbit themed programs. 5/1/12

Used at PJ Story Time, a young girl's request. I think it is a favorite, since she took it
Hipster toddler faces potential heartbreak, and acts out like a hipster denied another bloody mary at brunch. Excellent characterization of how toddlers express displeasure.
L-Angelica Herrera-Vest
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Williams is a visually interesting picture book. The author tells a story of a toddler who loses his beloved stuff animal, Knuffle Bunny. The author uses photographs in combination with cartoon like drawings in the story. The contrast between the black and white photographs and the colorful and expressive cartoon drawings present a very creative book. I especially enjoyed the Tixie's expressions. The storyline is comical but, also, very common and true to l ...more
Sarah Sammis
As with so many series, we ended up reading Knuffle Bunny Too long before reading the original, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems.

In Knuffle Bunny, Trixie is much younger. She's a toddler working on her first word. She desperately needs to tell her dad that her precious bunny's been left at the Laundromat.

With Trixie not talking for most of the story the focus is on her father (and to a lesser degree her mother) trying to deal with her temper tantrum. Yes, parenting is hard and frus
Oh, I hate giving this book three stars! I just don't like Knuffle Bunny! I couldn't tell you why--it just rubs me the wrong way. Could be the illustrations, could be the name Knuffle Bunny, could be that the idea of a child having a meltdown is not my idea of fun! My niece and nephew, on the other hand, love it, and of course, can identify with Trixie. They also seemed to find interest in the illustrations. The kids and I are just on the opposite ends of the rating scale with this one, so we're ...more
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#1 New York Times Bestselling author and illustrator Mo Willems is best known for his Caldecott Honor winning picture books Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and Knuffle Bunny: a cautionary tale.

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