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Voyage to the Bunny Planet

(Voyage to the Bunny Planet #1-3)

4.52  ·  Rating details ·  293 ratings  ·  31 reviews
The three original beloved Bunny Planet stories collected in single-volume gift edition with magnetic closure and ribbon place marker. Featuring full-color illustrations and a new poem introducing Janet the Bunny Queen.
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published February 1st 2008 by Viking Books for Young Readers (first published 1992)
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Patrick
Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is actually a collection of three closely related books collected together.

It's wonderfully sweet. Nice language. Good pictures. (And good value for a book, as it's got some decent length to it.)

It's about kids that have really shitty days, then they go to the bunny planet and have a

What I really like about this one is the nature of the bad days the kids have. They're very relatable, but still heartbreaking. (Along the lines of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
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Amy
Dec 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: young children, adults who enjoy childhood comfort reading
Three stories of bunny children who are having very bad days until they visit the Bunny Planet...
"Far beyond the moon and stars,
twenty light years south of Mars
spins the gentle Bunny Planet,
and the Bunny Queen is Janet."
Janet invites each child in, saying, "...here's the day that should have been."

Each child's needs are met, and Rosemary Wells' descriptions of a sun-warmed ripe tomato in First Tomato, holding a parent's hand while a storm rages outside a lighthouse home in Island Light, and a
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Sarah
Three little bunny children have bad days and escape in their imaginations to the poetic, outdoorsy, magical land called the bunny planet with the Queen named Janet. These are such strange but sweet stories. I like how the better day always includes nature.
Janet
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens, cd
Now that I've discovered the existence of the Bunny Planet (and myself as the Queen) late in my librarian life, I love love love these stories. Was charmed to discover that Maggie Gyllenhaal is the reader on this audio version, but sadly, the pace is too slow and there's an annoying "ding" when you're supposed to turn the page. I think I'll stick to reading it aloud myself!

(from the Intro)"Janet Becomes the Bunny Queen:

Far beyond the moon and stars
Twenty light-years south of Mars
Spins the gentl
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Janessa
Mar 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I just picked up the latest edition of this gem and it is my newest favorite treasure. I loved reading it to my kids, and then re-reading it to myself. It is both playfully fun and supremely comforting, offering children an alternative world to escape to for those days when nothing goes right. It follows three little bunnies through unlucky days, and then on to Bunny Planet where each gets to live the day that "should have been." My favorite part: Each story begins with a quote establishing the ...more
AE Michels
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Just About Perfect

This adorable trilogy always gives me a warm fuzzy feeling. I can't speak for kids (though I imagine they'd love the stories) but personally I pull my set off the shelf once or twice a year just for the soothing journey to the Bunny Planet. I can almost smell the tomato!

The illustrations are of course marvelous, particularly everyone's expressions, but in the end it's the concept I love the most. Everyone needs a trip to the Planet sometimes.
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Phyllis
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Delightful! Got the set in a charity shop and read them to my grandson aged two after our Easter walk turned into driving wind and soaked to the skin. We all get days when we need a trip to the bunny planet and the stories deal with situations that children can identify with so are good for talking about. Plus there are detailed illustrations, great use of words in the descriptions and a special little box to keep the books in. What a find! Shame they seem to be out of print.
Freder
Jun 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
If not the greatest thing since sliced bread, certainly one of the least appreciated. Deceptive in its simplicity, full of wisdom and beautiful fancifulishness. I could use a trip to the bunny planet right now. . .
Dianna
Jan 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Three books in one: three shortish stories about bunnies having bad days who are whisked away to the bunny planet where they have the perfect day that might have been.
Vivian
Feb 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved it ever since I was a child, and it still has the power to comfort me in ways that other books cannot.
Stacia Leigh
The book showed a nice way to turn a bad day into a good one.
Suzy
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Favorites in our house.
Peacegal
Sep 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Completely bizarre, but in a fun way.
Claire Pokorchak
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childhood, favourites
Loved this book. As a child and now. Really sweet little stories about bunnies who are having bad days. I still escape to the bunny planet now!
Bree
May 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: preschool-books
Notes:
a good premise but the negative days are so heavily focused on; one page devoted to bunny getting sick in front of everyone at school - gross; not what I expected
Georgeanne
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of my daughters most favourite books as a preschooler, and also one of my favourite books to read to her. The stories and illustrations are simply delightful.
Sue
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of the most charming, magical and comforting books to read to the child who is having a bad day!
Elizabeth Sims
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-y-a
These stories should ensure Rosemary Wells a place at the right hand of God when she leaves this planet... or perhaps she will find herself on her very own Bunny Planet. I hope so.
Alicia Thompson
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Our ratings: mom (38y) - 4 stars; son (7y) - 4 stars; daughter (5y) - 5 stars. A comforting premise of what a bad day could have been in our imagination.
Rebecca Bell
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute little stories
Molly
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
These were all quite sweet, and it makes a lovely collection for even adults, as there are some interstitial quotes that probably wouldn't mean much to a child (but I could be wrong). ...more
Thomas Ray
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sweet. The day that should have been always has no strangers. Just the bunny alone or with one parent.
Alessandra Murgia
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Simply wonderful. We all need a bunny planet...
Roger Snyder
One of the most delightful children's books ever.

And fun and soothing for adults too.
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Lizzy Poppele
This is one of my favorite children's book series. I love Rosemary Wells. This was a childhood favorite and still is a favorite of me and my family. ...more
Earl
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
We had Rosemary Wells at the bookstore the other week. This was lots of people's favorite work of hers. I can see why. Absolutely charming. This is actually a collection of three stories about 3 kids who are whisked off to the Bunny Planet after their bad days. Add this to any kids library! ...more
Janet
I’M FAMOUS!!! I have never, ever, read a book where the protagonist is named Janet (aside from the “create your own book” my aunt and uncle gave me when I was eight). My coworker, I think, is regretting telling me about this book. I’ve been making royal proclamations all week.
Melissa Mcavoy
Feb 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I and my three kids loved this book. I prefer it in the 3 volume boxed set. I am a fan of Sendak's nutshell library and find the small book, stories-connected-yet-separate-thing completely enchanting. ...more
Danielle
May 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
Of course it is cutesy, but each visit has resemblance to an MFK Fischer essay. If the bunnies didn't get me, it had me at toasting tangerines. ...more
Megan
Jan 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, fiction
Check out the audio version read by Maggie Gyllenhaal. Excellent!
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Rosemary Wells is the author of a number of popular children's books, most notably the Max and Ruby series which follows the everyday adventures of sibling bunnies - curious three year old Max and bossy seven year old Ruby. She gets the inspiration for Max and Ruby from her two daughters and the experiences they
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