Bunny and the other forest animals love to play games. And one game that Bunny especially likes playing is hide and seek. Bunny closes his eyes and coBunny and the other forest animals love to play games. And one game that Bunny especially likes playing is hide and seek. Bunny closes his eyes and counts. But he can’t see any of his friends. Of course readers can spot them (especially mole that tends to be on almost every page) and will enjoy the idea that they can see what Bunny can’t. The text is simple (and reminds me of one of my favorite toddler books Overboard! by Sarah Weeks). But the repetition of “Bunny, Bunny…” every page makes the text comforting for the little ones that tend to cling to familiar things. This is a perfect book to read to a toddler when snuggling right before bedtime....more
In this adorable picture book a group of rabbits are out in a field next to a farm. As the farm wakes up for the day the rabbit hears all sorts of noiIn this adorable picture book a group of rabbits are out in a field next to a farm. As the farm wakes up for the day the rabbit hears all sorts of noises coming from the animals. However, the rabbit wonders what kind of noise a rabbit would make. The young rabbit then starts “thump-thump-thumpety-thumping” to see if that is the type of noise a rabbit would make. But as the farm’s cat comes along (possibly in response to the rabbit making noise), the rabbit realizes that perhaps being a quiet animal is the best thing after all.
This is a fun story. Especially for all the kiddos who wonder what noises certain quiet animals make. And perhaps this will be a good story that will help grownups explain why not all animals have a particular sound that humans can mimic. The illustrations are bright and cheerful (which will in turn help readers realize that there just might be a cheerful ending for the rabbit at the end of the book). There are loads of details not only in the facial expressions of the various animals, but also in all the blades of grass or flowers in the rabbit field. I also enjoy the pages that give the impression of an aerial overview of the farm (the cow pen, sheep pen, barn, doghouse, and pig stye are all shown with the rabbit and the cat’s dashing lines–to show where they have run–all around the various areas). It gives the feel of a map of where the animals would be while on the farm. This is a good story that explains one reason why animals might enjoy being silent....more
Buddy is a monster. He doesn’t like flowers. He likes being mean to nature (“Outta my way, trees! Dry up, lake!”). And he wants to eat quite a few tasBuddy is a monster. He doesn’t like flowers. He likes being mean to nature (“Outta my way, trees! Dry up, lake!”). And he wants to eat quite a few tasty bunnies. He finds three bunnies and is about to eat them when they tell him they are about to make cupcakes. He decides that if he waits to eat the bunnies he can eat the bunnies and the cupcakes. Then the bunnies want to go swimming. Then more bunny ideas come of other things to do. Eventually the bunnies (there are quite a few now) inform Buddy that he cannot eat them. He cannot play with his food, and he had been playing with the bunnies.
This is a silly story that kids who keep getting told “Don’t play with your food!” will enjoy. And there are things that will make the kiddos and the adults look at on a second or third reading (like the fact that there are more and more bunnies for each adventure…those bunnies sure multiply quickly). Or that the verso/dedication pages and the end pages are just as fun to look at as the rest of the story. Seriously, I fell in love with Bob Shea books years ago, and this one is a new Shea classic. The only thing that I wish was that Buddy had a different name. When I read the book out loud to a few kiddos…I felt like it was a tongue twister to say Buddy and bunnies so often so close together. And that one thing would make me want to practice reading the book quite a few times before I would even think about reading it in story time at the library. However, that one little thing isn’t enough to keep me from loving and recommending the book. I just have to make sure I am at the top of my reading-out loud-game before I pull it out for story time....more
Lion is a BIG bully. He seriously is mean doing things like giving “Buffalo a wedgie” or stealing “Hyena’s lunch monkey” or things of that sort. So thLion is a BIG bully. He seriously is mean doing things like giving “Buffalo a wedgie” or stealing “Hyena’s lunch monkey” or things of that sort. So the animals decide to do something about it. They have Baboon post an ad on the internet to ask someone to come stop Lion from bullying everyone–the reward is “100 Bucks (mostly gazelle).” So a few animals come to put an end to the mean streak. But Bear, Moose, and Tiger all go away after Lion has beaten them. Life looks pretty bleak for all the animals. But then comes Rabbit. Since Rabbit is so small, Lion lets him choose what contest they will have. Rabbit challenges Lion to a marshmallow-eating competition. Which Rabbit wins. Lion complains so they have another competition, a quiz. Rabbit wins again. Then Rabbit beats Lion at a hopping, art, and cross country competition. Lion finally decides he will start being nice. All the animals are excited and set off to the boat to say goodbye to Rabbit. It is then that they see that Rabbit wasn’t just one Rabbit…but multiple bunnies. But the animals never tell Lion how he was tricked, because they like having a nice Lion around.
This was a fun book. I mean seriously, Lion and Rabbit have a marshmallow-eating competition! And the 100 bucks prize is mostly gazelle. This is one of those books that has a fun story that little kiddos will enjoy (because the small Rabbit saves the day and they can see extra Rabbit ears poking out all over the place, so the little bunny totally tricked the big guy); however, the adults who might be forced to read the same story over and over (and over) again will enjoy all the little humorous bits that are thrown in here or there. I can’t wait until I can read this one in story time. I think that my story time kiddos will enjoy seeing a story about how Rabbit beats the Lion and Lion then has to turn into a “nice guy”. Yeah, this is one I will be happy to recommend over and over (and over) again!...more
This is a story about a little bunny who is having a big birthday party (and a cake with three candles on it). It is totally told in rhymes that are oThis is a story about a little bunny who is having a big birthday party (and a cake with three candles on it). It is totally told in rhymes that are one part questions from the little bunny about what is happening and one part answers. For example, “Someone’s knocking–who is here? | Peekaboo, it’s Nana, dear.”
The sweet story has wonderful illustrations to go along with it. And the adults reading the story will even find a few fun details just for them (one of the grown up bunnies is taking a picture with a phone that is shaped like an iPhone but it has a carrot with a “bite” taken out on the back of the phone).
Little ones will enjoy reading this book as a prelude to a birthday or two of friends and relatives that they know and love....more
The little white rabbit is afraid of the Large Black Rabbit that is always behind him (his shadow). But when a wolf comes it turns out that big blackThe little white rabbit is afraid of the Large Black Rabbit that is always behind him (his shadow). But when a wolf comes it turns out that big black rabbit is rather helpful. Fun....more
I like the details of the illustrations. I think the story can be a little preachy...but when the point is to not try to build your house to be tallerI like the details of the illustrations. I think the story can be a little preachy...but when the point is to not try to build your house to be taller than your friends...it gets that way....more
Small Bunny does everything with his blanket. Soon Mommy Bunny things that the Bunny/Blanket duo need baths--both of them. Bunny takes a bath but thenSmall Bunny does everything with his blanket. Soon Mommy Bunny things that the Bunny/Blanket duo need baths--both of them. Bunny takes a bath but then is worried when blanket takes a bath in the washing machine. Blanket is different after being hung to dry. But soon Small Bunny is able to take Blanket on adventures again and all is back to normal.
This is another sweet book about a small one's attachment to a blankie. Pair it with Kiki's Blankie and you will have the beginning of a fun blanket story time....more