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Bunny Days

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  435 Ratings  ·  137 Reviews
Six frolicking bunnies, two busy goats, and a very handy bear live harmoniously—though not without mishap—in this picture book charmer. What do the bunnies do when Mr. Goat drives by on his tractor and accidentally splashes them all over with mud? They hop over to Bear, who always knows just how to help—in this case, with the delicate cycle and a refreshing line dry! Two a ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published January 21st 2010 by Dial Books
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Poor bunnies. They’re plagued by the thoughtless acts of Mr. and Mrs. Goat, who get them muddy, then dusty, and finally separate them from their tails – a senseless bunny massacre! Bear is forced to sort things out, playing the go-to-bear for the bunnies, and helping them and the Goats coexist peacefully (and without further mishap). While this book is whimsical and humorous (the bunnies are particularly winning and expressive), this reader worries that people will get the wrong idea about prope ...more
May 12, 2010 Treasa rated it it was amazing
Three sweet stories about 6 little bunnies and how they resolve the problems that arise from living on Mr. and Mrs. Goat's farm.

I don't know why I love this book as much as I do. I think it's a combination of perfectly adorable illustrations and sweet yet very amusing and very simple text. The illustrations and text work perfectly together - I especially like how each of the stories has a distinct color scheme that makes it clear that the reader has moved on to another story that takes place at
Sep 02, 2010 Kathryn rated it liked it
What an odd, cute, slightly disturbing and somewhat adorable little book! If that sounds like an impossible combination, you have to read this and see for yourself. The illustrations are so cute, they have a distinctive style and I enjoyed them on the whole. The story is kind of cute, but also odd. A cute little bunny family is constantly plagued by Mr and Mrs Goat who are cleaning and doing yard work. ***SPOILERS*** It starts off innocently enough with bunnies getting splashed with mud, going t ...more
Jul 26, 2011 Shawna rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture-books
Should be called Bunny Torture.
Mar 30, 2010 Tamara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I did to the bunnies in this book what I do to cheddar bunnies: I talked to them in a high-pitched voice and told them how CUTE they were over and over again.

Seriously, though, how can someone draw a few lines on a piece of paper and all of a sudden an extremely expressive bunny rabbit appears doing all sorts of adorable things? Major talent, there.

Also read this out loud to Cath. She was perturbed by the predicaments the bunnies end up in, but no worries; they all live happily ever after.

Three short chapters, easy to read, with a terrific tactile quality. The bunnies are tiny and adorable and prone to mishap, but polar bear always fixes them right up. Tao Nyeu's saturated silkscreen art creates lots of solid ground and fanciful flora - a safe, happy place for the bunnies to spend their days.
I LOVE the illustrations, I want a quilt that is just like this book. The stories were cute and silly, but the illustrations were fantastic. Also I wanted to add that when I showed it to a coworker she laughed so hard she fell on the ground.
Apr 17, 2010 Lindsey rated it liked it
Loved the pictures but the bunnies had to deal with some messed up stuff.
Sep 24, 2013 Sandy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library, childrens
I just adore the pictures inside this book as there is something about the color scheme and the playful nature of the pictures that draw me in. Using shades of blues, browns, yellows, greens and of course, white the pictures are simple yet attractive. Six little bunny are full of mischief as they are portrayed in these three stories. Mr. Bear decides to help the bunnies after they get coated with mud so he throws them in the washing machine in Muddy Bunnies. Yes, live bunnies in the washing mach ...more
Feb 26, 2010 Caleb rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is the follow-up to Tao Nyeu's 2008 book Wonder Bear, and it is composed of three shorter stories, each featuring a half dozen little white rabbits getting into some sort of trouble, and then getting out of that trouble with the help of a big white bear with big claws that looks an awful lot like the bear in Wonder Bear (although he seems to employ more technological know-how than magic in his problem-solving here).

In "Muddy Bunnies," the bunnies are splashed with mud from Mr. Goat's tracto
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Jan 03, 2012 An Abundance of Books rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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I had to think about this book for a bit. When I first saw it I was immediately captured by the colors and the illustration style and thought it would be a nice compliment to Little White Rabbit. My initial reading of Bunny Days went something like this:

"Oh look at these colors, the bunnies are so cute! Eeee!" (That's my weird happy/excited noise)

"Hrm, we might have to remind classes that you can't really put people or animals in the washing machine. Some of our
Jun 09, 2011 David rated it liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
Bunny Days by Tao Nyeu is a hard book for me to review. I raised rabbits for a time, so the situations that the bunnies get into: put into washing machines, hung on the line by their heads, getting sucked into a vacuum cleaner, blow dried with an industrial fan, having their tails choped off then having them sewn back on, bother the animal lover in me. A lot.

I know, I know! It's just a picturebook, it's a fantasy, it's too exagerated to be real, the vacuum cleaner has an expressive face, etc. et
Feb 05, 2010 Tasha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
The author of the marvelous Wonder Bear returns with a picture book that once again features the big white Bear. This book however takes a different approach than the loosely plotted first book.

The book is in three chapters, each featuring an scrape the bunnies get into which is resolved by Bear. In the first story, Mr. Goat is driving past the bunnies on his tractor and splashes them all with mud. They head to Bear for help and he fixes everything by putting them all in the washing machine. On
Feb 15, 2012 babyhippoface rated it it was amazing
I was totally unprepared for the chuckles that come with this book. It looks so innocent and "Pat the Bunny"-ish. It's so not "Pat the Bunny"-ish.

Quick summary: the bunnies live on a hillside near Bear and Mr. & Mrs. Goat. They get muddy and Bear helps. They get dusty and Bear helps. They get unintentional tail trims and Bear helps. And "everyone was happy."

The humor is so unassuming that you may not even notice if you're not paying attention. The first thing I did notice was that this is w
May 10, 2014 Jessie rated it it was amazing
It's grown on me. I agree that it was a little disturbing on the first read. I felt the need to explain to my son that we would never get in a washer or put an animal in there, but he kept asking me to read it again. He likes to tell me the stories from the pictures and point out all the elements pictured from the three stories in the final scene. Yes, the bunnies go through quite a bit of hardship, but hey, let them eat cake! (Last page)
Lisa Vegan
Sep 07, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it it was ok
Recommended to Lisa by: Abigail A.
I’d read this author-illustrator’s book Wonder Bear and thought it was just okay but a couple of my Goodreads’ friends were talking about this one so I decided to try it. Just okay. For one thing, the art is just not to my taste. As far as the three mini stories included, I usually have a warped sense of humor. (I love the The Book of Bunny Suicides books!) Here, I wasn’t super perturbed but I was only very mildly amused by the bunnies’ misadventures. There just doesn’t seem to be much to this b ...more
Jun 30, 2015 Maggie rated it really liked it
Shelves: 577-the-list
Ezra Jack Keats Book Award for New Illustrator (2011)

This book is a lot weirder than I would have expected from a book about bunnies. The adorable illustrations are offset by Mr. and Mrs. Goat's carelessness that results in lots of trouble for the bunnies! Poor bunnies. One or all would be good in a story time for 3-5s.
Jennifer Heise
Sep 09, 2015 Jennifer Heise rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: parents of preschoolers
Funny, charming series of three stories with adorable illustrations. Mr. and Mrs. Goat are a bit gormless, but non-gender-specific Bear is always able to fix the problems they create for the Bunnies, and it all ends happily. While the six rabbits are mostly indistinguishable, they all have a great deal of charm. My 3-4 year old boy continues to find this a favorite.

Mind you, some parents-- including me-- will want to point out that REAL rabbits should not be washed in the washing machine, repair
Apr 11, 2010 jacky rated it liked it
This book was both cute and a little disturbing. I liked the style of the illustrations. I liked how it was three short stories, and that the color scheme changed a little with each one. The muddy bunnies were particularly cute. But, the part that bothered me a little was the bunnies in the washing machine (even if it was the delicate cycle), as well as bunnies in the vacuum cleaner, and the sewing machine after getting their tales accidentally clipped off with gardening sheers (that's practical ...more
Natalie Martinez
Nov 28, 2013 Natalie Martinez rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book is currently one of my favorites for pre-school children. The art is the main draw with it being some of the cutest I've seen in a long time. Basically you get stories where something happens to the bunnies because of Mr. and Mrs. Goat. The Bear then fixes whatever is the issue. The look on the bunnies' faces are priceless. Most children will find what happens to the bunnies funny, and at the same time be delighted when at the end "Everyone is happy".

There was someone who complained ab
Sep 01, 2010 Caitlin rated it it was amazing
Once in a while I read a childrens book that steals my heart and takes away my bad day. "Bunny Day" replaced "Caitlin is feeling murderous and vindictive Day" in a good way.
Let me tell you about these resilient little puffy things- they get covered in mud, vacuumed up by a crazy Mrs. Goat and then their poor puff tails get chopped off! All of these traumas are smoothed over by Bear- who is lucky enough to have a front loading washing machine.
Children, and obviously adults, will delight in the
Natalie Martinez
Jul 06, 2011 Natalie Martinez rated it it was amazing
This book is currently one of my favorites for pre-school children. The art is the main draw with it being some of the cutest I've seen in a long time. Basically you get stories where something happens to the bunnies because of Mr. and Mrs. Goat. The Bear then fixes whatever is the issue. The look on the bunnies' faces are priceless. Most children will find what happens to the bunnies funny, and at the same time be delighted when at the end "Everyone is happy".

There was someone who complained a
Bridget R. Wilson
The bunnies are perfectly happy until Mr. Goat's tractor splashes them with mud. Then they are accidentally sucked up into Mrs. Goat's vacuum cleaner. Finally, they get their tails clipped. Luckily, Bear is there to help and the bunnies are restored to their original, happy state.

What I thought: Loved it! the text is simple, but the story is engaging. The illustrations are great. I love the different color schemes in each of the stories ("Muddy Bunnies," "Dusty Bunnies," and "Bunny Tails"). Fans
Aug 23, 2010 Heather rated it really liked it
So I was initially a bit bothered by the bunnies in the washing machine and the clothespinned bunnies and bunnies getting their tails sewn back on, but that was just the initial impression. Frankly, the pictures are incredibly cute, and the concept is rather clever. The book works well because the situations are absurd. Of course you wouldn't put bunnies in the washing machine. You also are not likely to locate a bear knitting next to a washing machine on a hill. (Ditto for the sewing machine an ...more
Jun 29, 2011 Cheryl rated it really liked it
This book is graphically pleasing, set up in chapters with corresponding colors. The characters are adorable. It was discussed for the RI Mock Caldecott awards, and many found the rough and tumble treatment of the baby bunnies disconcerting. (getting dried in a dryer, hung out in socks on a clothesline (an image I myself loved), and having their clipped tails sewn back on.)

It was interesting to see the difference between people's reactions to this. Cute/morbid, etc. I liked the humor of the boo
Mar 05, 2012 Cailean rated it it was ok
What an adorably illustrated book with pastel drawings and a Spring-like setting. But....oh my, what a graphically gruesome book that I could almost not stomach to finish. If you're at all sensitive to animals, this is not the book for you or your children. I was practically ready to call PETA. ***Spoilers*** These poor adorable bunnies are sucked up into a vaccuum (with a fearful look on their face) and their tails are cut off! Literally! And "sewn" back on with a sewing machine. I explained to ...more
Apr 17, 2015 Vicki rated it liked it
Shelves: picture
A picture book with 3 stories within the book. Used the first story to tie in Bunnies to a Preschool storytime.
Mar 20, 2013 Melanie rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
I might not have been so bothered about this book if the inside cover didn't say that it was "cozy". Bunnies are put in the washer (at least they're on the delicate cycle!), vacuumed up, hung on a clothsline, and have their tails chopped off and then reattached by sewing machine. This book is way too macabre to be "cozy". It amused and horrified me. While it's funny in a dark way, I can't help think of my little niece, who put the cat in the dryer. Some kids have a hard time telling fantasy from ...more
Oct 07, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, picture, 2012
In three short stories, the bunnies get muddy, dusty, and have their cute bunny tails snipped off. Mr. Goat gets the bunnies muddy and Mrs. Goat gets them dusty. Fortunately, Bear is able to help. When Mr. Goat accidentally cuts off the bunnies' tails (!!!!), Bear gets out his sewing machine and fixes up the cute and charming bunnies. Personally, I found the sewing machine picture a bit upsetting -- you can't SEW BUNNY TAILS BACK ON LIKE THAT. I do, however, like Tao Nyeu's illustrations very mu ...more
Nov 13, 2012 Laudys rated it it was amazing
Excuse while I drool all over this book. Beautiful colours, beautiful lines and whimsical storylines. Can you spell perfection for me?

Six bunnies live peacefully but Mr. and Mrs. Goat carelessness gets them in all kinds of trouble. But thankfully, Bear is always ready to help them out. But let me tell you this, his help may get your cynical sense tingling about animal cruelty and things children should learn NOT to do.

But if you're willing to look past that, it's a wonderful cute book with quite
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