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Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion (Knuffle Bunny #3)

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Trixie and her family are off on a fantastic trip to visit her grandparents—all the way in Holland! But does Knuffle Bunny have different travel plans?

An emotional tour de force, Knuffle Bunny Free concludes one of the most beloved picture-book series in recent memory, with pitchperfect text and art, photos from around the world, and a stunningfoldout spread, culminating i
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Hardcover, 52 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by Balzer + Bray
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midnightfaerie
I've only recently been introduced to Mo Willems, but I'm already in love. Simple stories with precise story lines, and engaging and elegant illustrations, I have yet to read a Willems that I don't like, and this is no exception. Both my 2 yr old twins and my 5 yr old were captivated throughout this book and I could tell that they all understood what was going on. A great lesson included and on top of that, I'm sure you could classify this as a level 1 reading book as well. Overall a good choice ...more
Ronyell
After reading both “Knuffle Bunny” and “Knuffle Bunny Too,” I was definitely looking to reading the most recent book out of Mo Willems’ popular “Knuffle Bunny” series, “Knuffle Bunny Free” and trust me, this is truly the most heartwarming book out of the entire “Knuffle Bunny” series that will have children treasuring it for many years!

Oh my goodness! As long as I have been reading Mo Willems’ “Knuffle Bunny” series, they have been filled with good humor that made children love this series so mu
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Caitlin
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The pictures in this book are AMAZING!! Mo Willems style is very unique. The story begins with the same little girl named Trixie who is now older and more mature, and her parents going to visit her grandparents overseas. After reading the previous Knuffle Bunny Tales we can expect for Knuffle Bunny to go missing again, this time Trixe leaves her precious Knuffle Bunny on the airplane and doesn’t realize it until it’s too late. Instead of throwing her normal fit however, Trixie comes to
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Hannah
Loved it and I loved how much O related to the book since he has an Oma and Opa in holland too!
Tracey Demario
The final book in Mo Willems’ Caldecott Honor winning series is probably my favorite one of all. It is a delightful picture book that preschoolers and early elementary children will enjoy (N, P). Trixie and her Mom and Dad are off to visit relatives in Holland. Naturally, Knuffle Bunny has his own adventure along the way. Mo Willems’ unique style of colorfully drawn characters placed against black and white photographic backgrounds is interesting and full of expressive detail. One thing I partic ...more
Connie
And I'm not entirely convinced this one really happened, either. The ending is a bit contrived - but who knows?

I'm putting a spoiler warning on this, and unfortunately most of the review needs it, so be aware if you read on (and care):

Trixie and her family are going to Holland (where they say the K in Knuffle!) to visit her grandparents. Naturally, Trixie loses her Knuffle Bunny on the plane. How does she keep doing this? You'd think that by now she'd know better than to leave her bunny everywhe
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Meghan Mcmanis
In Knuffle Bunny Free of the series Knuffle Bunny, it shows Trixie and her family getting on a plane to go to Holland to see her Oma and Opa. She accidentally leaves Knuffle bunny on the plane and has to come to the realization that she will never get knuffle bunny back because knuffle is on his way to China! Trixie is sad at first but then thinks about how Knuffle Bunny will make other friends and see so much on his adventure, then when they board the plane to come back home Trixie finds Knuffl ...more
Philip
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 third one:

Me: At first you wanted to give this one 3 stars, because (view spoiler) But then I pointed o
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Peacegal
2.5 stars -- I was hoping I'd enjoy this installment more than the previous two. Trixie is finally old enough that she is no longer a tantrum-throwing toddler, and she can start to ponder life without the security of her toy bunny.

As with the other Knuffle Bunnies, the unique illustrations are fun to look at. This adventure has Trixie, her family, and Bunny heading to Holland to visit her grandparents. There is a twist at the end that demonstrates generosity and maturity, in which Trixie gives
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Sarah Sammis
Knuffle Bunny Free by Mo Willems concludes the Trixie and Knuffle Bunny trilogy. Trixie explored her local block, her city and school and now Holland. In each story she has misplaced Knuffle Bunny but this time she left it on a plane now bound for China!

Knuffle Bunny Free is about that time in a child's life when they for one reason or another are ready to part with once beloved toys. Maybe they've out grown them. Maybe they have worn them out. Or maybe they've lost them. It's a rough time; a ti
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Cheryl
Ok, I not only liked this story, I approved of it. I really didn't approve of Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity, but this is a vast improvement, and, fortunately, it can be read as a stand-alone. I love the details in all the photographic backgrounds. I love the theme of sharing love around the world and across the generations.

I don't want to say anymore for fear of spoilery. If you aren't afraid of spoilers or have read this already, you might want to check out my review of Owen b
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Cassandra
I admit that was not eager to read this, the third Knuffle Bunny book. For some reason I had decided that there was no way that Willems could have topped or even matched the first two books and didn't even want to pick this one up from the library. However, my kids felt differently, thank goodness. Willems is a master of the picture book genre and at the risk of sounding totally cliche I must confess that I laughed, giggled, and cried while reading this book. My 11 year old did the same. My 8 ye ...more
Boni
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Sarah
Whenever a new Mo Willems book arrives, I can't help but read it right away while I process it. Knuffle Bunny Free continues the wonderfully tradition that Willems began in the previous Knuffle Bunny installments. This time, though, we see young Trudy a little more grown up as she visits her grandparents in Europe. Her age reflects a bit more maturity, which young readers will admire. The pictures are as brilliant as ever, juxtaposing colorful, expressive characters against black and white photo ...more
Snorkle
I was once again taken in by the crazy story of Knuffle Bunny. I loved seeing the progression of Tracy and her very beloved friend. This story was even more zany and far-fetched than the previous two books, but I still wanted to know what the outcome would be. I wasn't surprised by the ending or anything, but the last couple of pages were by far the most sentimental. They were depressingly good. I just love Mo Willems. I would recommend this book.

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Bethany
Trixie is older now--not so old that she doesn't need Knuffle Bunny, but old enough to take a big trip to visit Opa and Oma in Holland. Knuffle Bunny, however, has a habit of taking unexpected detours. When Trixie and her parents leave the airplane, Knuffle Bunny stays behind ... and the plane goes to China.

Trixie, like any child who loses a beloved toy, is heartbroken, but she's also grown up quite a bit. In the end, she chooses to let Knuffle Bunny go to someone who needs him a bit more than
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Sarah Adamson
This tale tells of the little girl growing up. The girl goes on a plane to visit her grandparents and manages to leave Knuffle Bunny behind. There is no way to find KB but the girl tries to make the most of her holiday with her relatives. She then has a great dream about KB cheering other people up. Then when she finds KB again, she realizes she is now old enough to give KB up to someone else who needs her more.
This book came at a crucial point I our daughters life when I have just given get a l
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Jadin
First let me say Mo Willems is a genius! I do children's programs at a public library and all of my story time families were well aware that a new Knuffle Bunny book was coming out. I ALWAYS read books before I read them at Story time but in this case I saved it to read with my Family Story time families. Wow! This was such a great end to the Knuffle Bunny series. So much depth.

So for storytime I read the first book, the second and then this last one. Even I teared up at the end but it was shee
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Dolly
Nov 01, 2010 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Trixie is growing up... What a wonderful series of books and the ending of this story is touching and heartfelt. I love the homage to Elephant and Piggie and I almost cried when I read the "epilogue" to our girls. Terrific!
Brenna
This book reminds me of me when I was little because my family gave me a bunny when I was little and I still have it today. It's been everywhere from cruises to Disneyland, from Maine to Florida. EVERYWHERE! (:
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
What a beautiful way to conclude the Knuffle Bunny series. Mo Willems is brilliant. A great book to share with children who are beginning to out grow a favorite toy/blanket and may not even realize it.
Jennifer
I don't normally write reviews for books I read to my kids, but this one touched me. We love Mo Willems and I really liked the original Knuffle Bunny. We can easily relate as we've had to keep up with our own special stuffed toys when the kids were very small. My middle child and I read it together at the library and I could have used a tissue near the end. It's a very sweet story about children growing up and moving on, and how special items and toys are always special.

If your child has a belov
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Colby Sharp
She finds the bunny on the plane? Seriously?

Great book, super read. Even my fourth graders are in love with Knuffle Bunny.
Melissa Anderson
Great story to read to my four year old. Growing up and becoming a big girl is not always easy....
Elisabeth
Goodbye Knuffle Bunny! Goodbye Little Trixie! Hello Ugly Cry (Toy Story 3 Style)! Hello Caldecott?
Inspired Kathy
My children love Knuffle Bunny. Mo Willems is one of my favorite children's author to read aloud.
Tracie
This is not a review. It is just that I heart Knuffle Bunny, Trixie, and Mo Willems.
Jennifer
I kept thinking of Poky as the Knuffle Bunny, and had to set the book aside to weep.
Donalyn
A tender finale to the Knuffle Bunny books.
Monica Edinger
Awww. Aggle, flaggle, sniff.
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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.

In addition to such picture books as Leonardo the Terrible Monster, Edwina the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct, and Time to Pee, Mo has created the Elephant and Piggie books, a series of early r
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