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Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
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Mar 16, 09

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Read in March, 2009

This book follows the adventures of young Trixie and her father as they walk across town to the Laundromat. Trixie is enjoying this outing with her father until she notices something terribly wrong on the way back home. She tries to the best of her effort to let her father know what is wrong, but fails and it leads to both parties being very frustrated by the time they get back home. Luckily, her mother knows just what is wrong and the family rushes back to the Laundromat to fix the problem.

Winner of the Caldecott Honor Award in 2005, the illustrations use a mix of black and white photos with simple ink drawings colored using Photoshop. The simple cartoon style drawings feature thick outlines that lend themselves to the expressive nature of the characters. The ranges of emotions that Trixie and her father go through are easy to distinguish and add to the story, especially for young readers who can relate to Trixie’s frustration. By using black and white photographs for the backgrounds of his illustrations, Willems gives a wonderful taste of the community that the story is set in. This is a great book for storytimes, even for the youngest of participates.
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