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Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake (Betty Bunny)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  716 Ratings  ·  186 Reviews
Meet Betty Bunny, a loveable handful nobunny can resist.

From author Michael B. Kaplan, creator of Disney’s T.V. show Dog with a Blog, comes the debut picture book of the Betty Bunny series. It's a story about patience—seen through the eyes of a precocious preschooler.

Betty Bunny is the youngest in her family of rabbits and she’s just discovering the important things i
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 5th 2011 by Dial Books
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The Library Lady
Jul 05, 2011 The Library Lady rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Oh, spare me,sanctimonious reviewers going on about how Betty is a "brat" and how she "obviously doesn't learn her lesson". WHO CARES?

Certainly not the kids who are going to read this and hoot.It's not to teach your toddler manners (your job,BTW), it's for the kids who are going to snicker with the older siblings over the "I'm going to marry chocolate cake". It's for the younger siblings who will get just how Betty feels. And it's for the kids who are going to KNOW what's going to happen at the
Karen Arendt
Oh what an adorable story! Betty Bunny learns about patience the hard way- with a mess of chocolatey goo in her pocket. Betty Bunny at first decides she does not like chocolate cake and refuses to try it. Then she decides she loves chocolate cake and wants to marry chocolate cake. Typical sibling comments made me feel like I was reading about my own childhood. Who hasn't had to deal with a child who says they don't like something then decides they do? The most adorable moment is when Betty Bunny ...more
Barb Middleton
How can you not love Betty Bunny? She's such a bundle of energy she explodes off the pages of this picture book like a whirlwind sweeping up everything in its path. Betty Bunny doesn't want to try chocolate cake becauce it is "yucky!" When mom makes her eat a piece she declares, "I am going to marry chocolate cake!" Her older brother, Bill, responds (like a typical older brother), "Whatever... but you're going to have really weird-looking kids." Betty Bunny loves cake so much that it is all she ...more
Apr 10, 2012 Kathryn rated it liked it
I expected to love this, but it was just okay for me. Some of the illustrations I adored (like the one on the cover) and some were not quite my style (the big brother's "style" for example). The message of learning patience and not being bratty when you don't get what you want is a good one (and I thought it was cute/funny how Betty didn't want to try chocolate cake at first--not like it was Brussels sprouts, I mean, who turns down chocolate cake, haha!) but I just didn't totally enjoy how it pl ...more
Mar 20, 2012 Ami rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I adore this book so much that I may have to buy it, even though my children are getting past the picture book stage. The pictures are fun, the characters are spunky, and the rhythm to this book makes it a delight to read aloud.
Ann Marie
Apr 05, 2014 Ann Marie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
I marked this 5 because it made me laugh out loud. I was reading it to Elise and the ending was a total surprise. Delightful.
Apr 05, 2013 Julia rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
This book is another book that won the Washington State Children's Choice Picture Book Award. I loved this book. It was so adorable and the family of bunny's made it easy to see why kids would love this book. It is also very relatable because the little Betty Bunny falls in love with chocolate cake and I feel that most kids can relate to that. It also teaches kids to try new things because in the beginning she says she doesn't like chocolate cake but then tries it and falls madly in love with it ...more
Kari Weber
Jun 26, 2011 Kari Weber rated it it was ok
Betty Bunny is a handful. At least that is what her parents say. Those who read this book would probably agree. This story is about a young rabbit that is afraid to try chocolate cake for the first time because it is new. Before long chocolate cake becomes Betty Bunny’s new obsession, so much so, that she declares she will marry the stuff. She displays brat-like tendencies by throwing fits when her mother tries to teach her patience. This book includes unique illustrations depicting the rabbit f ...more
Feb 06, 2015 Annalisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
I normally don't include children's books on my Goodreads account, but this books so cute and charming, I had to add it. My daughter loves it and laughs out loud every time we read it (I laugh). This family has more personality than many full-length novels. I can see how people don't like Betty Bunny's inability to learn a lesson, but I found the book funny and delightful. Betty may not learn the inherent lesson, but any child reading along will understand. It's part of what makes my daughter la ...more
Halle Stout
Jan 13, 2015 Halle Stout rated it really liked it
The book was very cute even though there were a few parts that made me cringe and shake my head. Overall, the book was about a bunny named Betty Bunny who never liked to try anything new, one day her mother persuaded her to try chocolate cake when she did, she fell in love with it. She vowed that she would marry chocolate cake even though her siblings told her that it's not possible. She comes up with a few schemes and situations to get chocolate cake but it doesn't work. One night her mom has a ...more
Nov 07, 2011 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is an adorable story about a little bunny who discovers the magic of chocolate. I completely understand how this story came about; my father never liked chocolate, so until I was about six or so, I declared that I didn't like chocolate either. And then I tried it. (Silly Dad!)

In any case, this is a fun tale with cute illustrations and an uncomfortable mental image of squished chocolate cake in a sock and a pocket. Yuk! I haven't yet read this with our girls, but I think they'd really like
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Jan 11, 2011 Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy) rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
This is really a 3.5 star for me. I really wanted to love this book especially since I love chocolate. And I loved the line "I am going to marry chocolate cake!" - betty Bunny. Betty is a challenging child that her parents refer to as a "handful". After she gets her first taste of chocolate cake she doesn't want anything else. Her behavior leads her into some trouble and she has to learn about being patient and eat a healthy dinner before her chocolate cake. However, something just felt a tad bi ...more
Feb 24, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
Betty Bunny loves chocolate cake and Sarah loves Betty Bunny! A contemporary companion to Russell Hoban's Bread and Jam For Francis, Michael B. Kaplan takes it one step further by adding an element of grin worthy humor. Parents, teachers, and anyone who has ever really, really wanted something (everyone) will be able to relate to Betty's preoccupation with chocolate cake. The story rings true, the illustrations compliment, and Betty truly is a "handful." Best of all, the headphone-wearing teenag ...more
Charlee Jackson
Nov 30, 2011 Charlee Jackson rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Linda Lindeman
i loved this book!!! i especialy liked when the mother said, " Sweet heart you know that I still love you" and then Betty Bunny said,"Mommy, you know that I still love chocolate cake!" i also liked when betty bunny was at school and her teacher said "a is for apple,b is for ball,c is for cat" and then betty bunny said"a is for chocolate cake,b is for chocolate cake,c is for chocolate cake."
Nov 12, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
We love Betty Bunny! This little brat of a rabbit has wormed her way into our hearts and as my 6 yr old says, she's two handful's, not just one! Every kid can relate to these temper tantrums and instant gratification urges of every day life. Great set of books and I look forward to reading more Betty Bunny.
Leah Robinson
Sep 26, 2011 Leah Robinson rated it it was amazing
I LOVE Betty Bunny! She's spunky and so much fun.
Samantha Shank
Sep 23, 2012 Samantha Shank rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
A great, sweet, clean book about patience. :)
Jul 28, 2014 Brooke rated it it was amazing
Too cute!
Oct 02, 2016 Roben rated it liked it
Shelves: k-2nd-grade, cake
The grand loved this one!
Jul 19, 2011 Tasha rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Betty Bunny’s parents are always telling her that she’s a handful. Since she knows they love her very much, she is certain that being a handful is something very, very good. One day, her mother offers chocolate cake for dessert. Betty Bunny refuses to try it at first, because it is new, but then gives in. She realizes that it is very delicious, so delicious that she decides that she will marry chocolate cake. The next day, she is obsessed with chocolate cake, unable to concentrate at all at scho ...more
Jul 29, 2011 Barbara rated it really liked it
Shelves: ncbla
Clearly, Betty Bunny is more than a handful. Despite her reluctance to try it, she finds chocolate cake divine and plans to marry it, to her older siblings' amusement. After a bad day at school, all she wants is to go home and eat a piece of chocolate cake. That's no problem, according to her mother, but first, she must eat all her other food. When her brothers and sister tease her, she retaliates and is punished. To teach her patience, her mother promises to save a piece of cake for her. Betty ...more
Chandler Cash
Feb 24, 2015 Chandler Cash rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Personally I liked this book and thought it was cute and did a good job of writing from a child's perspective. I liked that it was part of a series, so that after it is read and if it is enjoyable to different children they can reach out on their own and get the different books. I also thought that the illustrations were really intriguing and gave a whole new image to what a bunny looks like which I thought was interesting. It broke away from the norm of what one would expect a bunny to look lik ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Nov 22, 2011 Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance rated it really liked it
Betty Bunny discovers the wonders of chocolate cake. Sadly, there is no chocolate cake at school and she cannot, she finds, get chocolate cake until she eats her healthy food. She does not want to eat her healthy food. She only wants chocolate cake. This can only lead to trouble.

“The next morning, Betty Bunny wanted to say good-bye to her chocolate cake before she left for school. So she opened the refrigerator and saw her piece of cake sitting on the plate. Betty Bunny knew that the cake would
Aug 17, 2013 Diane rated it really liked it
"Sometimes you can't have what you want right away, so you need to wait. And that's called having patience." Betty Bunny eats chocolate cake for the first time and then can't stop thinking about it and wants it all the time. She even tries to make it at school by mixing mud and water. When she throws a tantrum when her mother says she has to eat a healthy dinner first, she begins to see how being impatient can be a problem.

A good story about patience, with a "cliff hanger" ending that allows stu
Like Betty Bunny I too want to marry chocolate cake. Also, I was a handful of a child just like her. Furthermore, ust like Betty Bunny I would be happy to have an argument with my brother about the ability to marry chocolate cake even though he and I are both in our thirties.

How she loves it and want to take it everywhere! Alas, Betty Bunny must learn that even when you want to marry chocolate cake you can't put it in your pocket and take it to school. You have to trust your mom that the cake is
Jun 12, 2012 Jan rated it it was amazing
Betty Bunny did not like to try new things, so everything she had never tasted must be yucky. But when Betty first tasted chocolate cake, it was the yummiest thing she had ever put in her mouth. "I'm going to marry chocolate cake," she said.

Parents who have heard these very words out of their kids' mouths will be tickled by the actions and conversations of all the Bunny family. This author must have eavesdropped at my house! Lively art and hilarious story for ages 4 to 6. Or 46. Ha! I'm still la
Amber Bush
Sep 10, 2014 Amber Bush rated it it was ok
Shelves: libs-642
Kaplan, M. (2011). Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake . Dial.

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This book, although not high on my favorite’s list, is about a bunny who falls in love with chocolate cake, hence the title. While the story does have appealing pictures and a story any young child can relate to, I find that it is probably not the best idea to put chocolate cake on a pedestal. As a chocolate lover myself, this sounds hypicrtical, but in the classroom, I would most certainly keep this one away from my sh
Ruth Elliott
Feb 01, 2013 Ruth Elliott rated it it was amazing
Shelves: good-read-aloud
This week I read this book aloud to a number of classes (ages 5 to 9)at both of the schools where I am a teacher-librarian. The students loved the book and I did, too. The teachers who were listening in loved the layers of humour which makes this an excellent books for adult readers or listeners as well.

Tips for read-aloud: Create a different voice for each of Betty Bunny's siblings. As Betty Bunny repeats the phrase "love chocolate cake", encourage students to say "chocolate cake" along with yo
Betty Bunny is a handful who loves chocolate cake. She, however, does not have the patience to wait until after dinner for her chocolate cake. Temper tantrums ensue and mommy decides to give Betty a little incentive. She puts a piece of cake on a plate just for Betty Bunny's dessert the next night. The next morning, though, Betty decides that the piece of cake will get lonely while she's at school. So she slips it into her pocket. She knows it's there all day and she actually leaves it there unt ...more
Feb 10, 2013 Marcie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
Family Favorite

I don't add many children's book to my list, but in the weeks we've had this from the library, I laugh out loud every time it's read. With an energetic 4-year-old in the house, we can all relate to Betty Bunny and her sassy siblings. Mr. Kaplan is spot on in capturing family dynamics. His genious is reflected in the number of phrases that have entered our family lexicon, like:

"I hate chocolate cake. Chocolate cake is yucky. What's chocolate cake?"

"Guess you can't marry that piece
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