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3.56  ·  Rating details ·  754 Ratings  ·  155 Reviews
Chloe has ten older brothers and sisters and ten younger brothers and sisters.She’s in the middle and she loves it—especially when they all gather for family fun time.

But when Dad brings home a surprise one evening, Chloe finds she is not in the middle anymore . . . but not for long!

With gorgeous colored-ink drawings and funny, spare text, Peter McCarty tells a winning sto
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 19th 2012 by Balzer & Bray
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Sep 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picturebooks
Yes, yes, we get it, digital media is evil.
Aug 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books

Chloe by Peter McCarty is an adorable story filled with family and love. Words that inspire sharing time as a family with imagination, interaction, and laughter.

For me, the pictures held the magic though. Pages filled with warm, rich colors pulled me right into the book. The clear, crisp illustrations flowed, swirled, and almost hopped around the page capturing the bunny family’s energy and cuteness perfectly. I so wanted to reach in and scratch their cute bunny ears! :)

Fun for the whole family.
Megan (ReadingRover)
I adore McCarty’s soft pen and ink illustrations and the story was sweet but there wasn’t much to it. Chloe’s large family spends a lot of fun quality time together then they get a tv. Chloe feels left out but then she figures out a way to snap them out of their tv watching daze. Nothing much actually happens. I’ve read a few of McCarty’s books and this one is probably my least favorite. The illustrations make the book.
Antoinette Scully
Jan 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Chloe loves spending time with her family. Then the family gets a tv. Is that the end of the family games? ••• I liked this story but I felt it just sort of ended. It’s a good ploy if you want your kids to have more family time and demonize the tv.
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Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
Eh -- maybe I'm trying to read too much into this book, but something about it felt off.

Is it a story about the difficulties of being a middle child in a large family? Is it a diatribe against television as family entertainment? Is it about the (questionable, IMHO) joys of popping bubble wrap?

I'm just not sure what Peter McCarty was trying to get at here, and it's too bad, because I did enjoy his Hondo and Fabian so much. The 20 bunny brothers and sisters seemed rather flat and uninteresting.

Steven Matview
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e
I thought this book was great and I’m surprised to see such a mixed reaction here. The art is cute and McCarty doesn’t beat you over the head with the message – a positive message about pretend play. I would recommend a parent read this book to their preschooler and have a box and bubble wrap ready to play with after!
Jun 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
Blek, could the message hit you over the head hard enough? Three stars for the exxxxxxxcellent, expressive artwork. I want McCarty to do a portrait of my kitties. :)
Jennifer Love
Jul 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: child-at-heart
The illustrations are beautiful, but the turn off the TV message was not quite driven home. It might have, if the story had encompassed more than just one day.
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
I love the message of this book. It is refreshing to see a child (okay a bunny) who isn't engrossed with the TV and who convinces her family that an active imagination is more entertaining.
Seema Rao
Lovely, twee illustrations with a nice readaloud story about the importance of actively engaging as a family.
Nov 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Not a very satisfying ending. Do they keep the television?
Drew Graham
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
Chloe's favorite part of the day is Family Fun time, when she and all her twenty bunny brothers and sisters spend time together. When Dad brings home a television set, Chloe worries their fun will be disrupted.

This is a really cute and fun and readable story about turning off the TV and spending time together, and the illustration style is unique and memorable. But at the same time... sometimes a movie night is just fine, Chloe.
Banner Rodgers
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Illustrations are unique and colorful. Cute book.
If you thought for at least a moment that “the not for long” meant Chloe would be dealing with a new sibling or cousin or someone–you were mistaken. No, the surprise Dad brings home is–ta-da!–a television!

So, what does the arrival of the television have to do with Chloe being the middle child? Are we to be sad she is no longer the center of attention and/or the go-to girl for stellar ideas for familial “fun-time” activities? I think the story is supposed to be about how television-watching affec
Sweet picture book about Chloe, the object of Henry's affection in the author's previous book Henry in Love (one of my favorites last year). Chloe is the "middle child", with 10 older siblings and 10 younger siblings, and has to express her opinions in order to be noticed -- and she does. The strengths of this book, in my opinion, are with the beautifully detailed illustrations -- each sibling is recognizable from page to page, although the rabbits' expressions are a little spooky. Love the incl ...more
Stacy Renee  (LazyDayLit)
Chloe is the middle child with 10 older and 10 younger brothers and sisters. She thinks that their family fun time is the best thing in the world. When her father brings home a television set as a surprise, Chloe is very disappointed. Sitting around is not her or her baby sister, Bridget's, idea of fun at all. Within the discarded television box they find bubble wrap and start popping away. Soon, the other brothers and sisters join in on playing with the bubble wrap until the popping is so loud ...more
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Chloe is a picture book written by Peter McCarty who tells a story about the family and how important it really is. The story talks about a Chloe who is a little bunny rabbit in a big family. She’s in the middle of ten older brothers and sisters and ten younger brothers and sisters. She loves her big family so mush when they all gather for family fun time. Until one day, Chloe’s dad brought a television to home where everybody seemed excited except Chloe. She was greatly disappointed at the new ...more
Peter McCarty's new book is wonderfully illustrated as usual. It's the story of Chloe, the middle child of 21 kids. Her favorite time of the day is when all of her siblings come home and they can all have family fun time.

This particular day her father brings home a television set. Everyone is excited except for Chloe and baby Bridget. After dinner everyone crowds around the TV. Chloe and Bridget think this is a lousy idea. Bridget finds the box and, wonder of wonders!, bubble wrap! Soon all the
Lindsay Caudill
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: caldecott
The reason I chose Chloe as my Caldecott award winner was because of the way the pictures told a story. Peter McCarty did a wonderful job expressing the story in pictures. First off, the pages are very thick and I can tell that this book will stay in tact and not rip for a very long time. As I read the book, I focused a lot on the pictures. I noticed that if I was looking through the book at only the pictures and not the text, I still understand the main idea of the book. If you pay enough atten ...more
Jan 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: families, ages 3+, all ages
Recommended to Lorna by: Lisa Fabiano
Peter McCarty produces such charming books (Fabian Escapes, T is For Terrible, Little Bunny On The Move) and his latest is no exception. The predominantly brown on cream palate compliments his story of a typically large, and very happy bunny family. Chloe is the middle child, in one of my favorite spreads she is the center of a whirlwind created by her family. Swirling brown bunnies, what could be better. Another two page spread includes the huge family at table eating all their favorite healthy ...more
Becky B
Chloe is the middle rabbit in a family of 21 bunny children. They love their family fun time. But when Daddy Bunny brings home a TV for family fun time, Chloe and Bridget don't think it's so fun. They find a better way to have fun together with some simple supplies.

A not-to-disguised message to get away from the tv and interact. (Or possibly on the magical intrigue of bubble wrap popping.) I like McCarty's soft illustration style. Sometimes the illustrations in this one get a bit interpretive an
Jim Erekson
Feb 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: picturebooks, comedy
Okay, the book's turn-off-your-tv message rings loud and clear, but this book doesn't push me to take its message too seriously. The playfulness in how Chloe draws people into another mode made me laugh out loud when the giant monster on the tv even stopped to look out of the tv set at what was going on.

McCarty has an animator's sense for faces, gestures, and angles--for helping me make sense of what characters are thinking. The brothers and sisters cock up their ears immediately even though th
Vernon Area Public Library KIDS
Jun 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Oh what fun the simple joys of life are! Chloe the rabbit is the middle child of a big family (ten older brothers and sisters and ten younger brothers and sisters). Everyone loves family fun time at the end of the day. One day, Father brought home a tv and everyone was entranced except Chloe and her younger sister Bridget. They knew how to create their own fun, by snatching the plastic bubble wrap out of the box and pop, pop, popping it! Soon everyone joined in on the fun except Mother and Fathe ...more
Sunnyvale Librarian
Chloe is the middle child in a large rabbit family and loves to spend time with her parents and siblings each evening. One day, Dad brings home a new television as a surprise for the family. Everyone rushes through dinner so all the Bunnies can watch TV together; everyone except Chloe and her little sister, Bridget. They miss the usual family fun and soon discover the discarded TV box and bubble wrap. Their brothers and sisters are drawn to the "pop, pap, bip" sound of bubble wrap bursting and j ...more
Oct 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
The middle bunny in a family of ten older and ten younger brothers and sisters, Chloe loves family fun time until her father brings home a television. While her family argues over Pound Cake eating the city, Chloe and Baby Bridget have such a riotous time popping the bubble wrap and playing in the packing box that everyone finally joins in. Once asleep, she dreams of “Bip! Pap! Pop! Bop!” [unpaged]and the illustration on that page shows Daddy doing the popping in the dark! Clear, crisp colored-i ...more
Jun 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Chloe, the adorable bunny from Henry in Love is back, this time with her whole family. She has ten older brothers and sisters and ten younger brothers and sisters. "Chloe in is the middle". Chloe's favorite part of the day, after dinner family fun time, is threatened by the appearance of a new television set. Suddenly, no one wants to play, they only want to watch TV. Luckily, Chloe and little sister Bridget have a plan to lure our her family's playful side.

This is a wonderful little love lette
Apr 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Chloe loves when everyone comes home because that means its family time but something changes when Dad brings home a TV and family fun time is not the same. However, Chloe and little Bridget find something else to do like popping bubble wrap and playing in the box that the TV came in. Soon everyone wants to do what Chloe is doing.

This is a good book for kids to realize that you can have fun with the things around you and you don't have to watch TV to have fun. This also reminds me of when our li
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
With so many brothers and sisters, it's hard to feel included. When Chloe's father brings home a new television for the family to have family time together, Chloe and baby sister Bridgette choose not to join in.

The box from the TV proves to be much more inviting and includes a HUGE slice of bubble wrap. Bubble wrap in hand, Bridgette and Chloe get to popping much to the annoyance of their father. Chloe and Bridgette also turn the box into their own tv for fun and soon the brothers and sisters j
Sep 06, 2012 rated it really liked it

Years ago, I read Henry in Love, a picture book about a cat named Henry who becomes besotted with his beautiful classmate, a bunny named Chloe. I thought that the illustrations were ridiculously adorable, but that the story was really basic and the characters didn't show much expression (through text or image). Well, this spin-off about Chloe doesn't show a lot of emotional range, either (when Chloe is pouting and crossing her arms, her expression remains the same), but I have to admi
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I was born in 1966 in Westport, Connecticut right in the middle of two older brothers and two younger sisters. We kept our mother busy while my father worked long hours at IBM. Most of my childhood was spent in my head. I was usually recreating a battle from World War II or running from dinosaurs in prehistoric times. To this day, I develop characters and environments based on worlds I first creat ...more
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