Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Knuffle Bunny/ by Mo Willems

KNUFFLE BUNNY A CAUTIONARY TALE was written and illustrated by Moe Willems (the same author who gave us DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS).  The illustrations are unconventional black and white photos overlaid with colorful and expressive cartoon characters and objects.  The story line is nothing out of the ordinary.  Trixie, before she could speak words, walked to the laundromat with Daddy to put in a load of laundry and they left.  But then she realized she did not have her Knuffle Bunny!  She tried to communicate to her daddy that her favorite companion in all the world was missing.  Not having the vocabulary she needed to make him understand, she did everything she could to show him how unhappy she was.  She had a meltdown.  You have to get this book just to see the illustration of this toddler going "boneless". I never realized that becoming limp and refusing to stand up actually had a name!   Fortunately, Trixie's Mommy knew right away,  what was wrong.  Trixie's "I told you so" expression when Daddy finally realized his mistake lets you know she feels completely validated.  We can all relate to the frustration a parent feels when a child has a tantrum but few of us can remember and understand what it feels like to be so little and have it be so hard to get adults to understand you.  I love the end of this book but I I want you to read it in Trixie's words.

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Bonnie R    

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