Thursday, January 3, 2008

Knuffle Bunny, Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity
by Mo Willems
Most enjoyed by Pre-K through 1st Graders

Little ones who know the joy of bringing something special to school for show-and-tell will be able to relate to this story. Trixie is so excited to go to preshool. It's show-and-tell day and she's bringing her beloved Knuffle Bunny to share. But horrors! Someone else has a Knuffle Bunny, too! The dueling bunnies are taken away by the teacher until school is over, when the bunnies are given back to their rightful owners. But wait! It's 2 AM and Trixie wakes up to realize that Knuffle Bunny isn't the right Knuffle! The right one is with someone else! And now comes the part every parent can relate to - solving the problem of a sleepless child in the middle of the night who won't be consoled until the right bunny is found.
For some of the littlest readers, this story will hit too close to home to be funny. But most kids will get a smile from Trixie's dilemma. Parents reading the story aloud will enjoy the illustrations, especially the drawings of Trixie's dad at at 2 AM! Black-and-white photos form the background and do a great job of setting where the story takes place. And they make the actual illustrations stand out more on the page.
Read this one at bedtime, before going to bed, but check one last time - do you know where your teddy bear is?

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