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FIVE FUNNY BUNNIES by Jean Van Leeuwen Kirkus Star


Three Bouncing Tales

by Jean Van Leeuwen, illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: March 1st, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-7614-6114-2
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish

Three interlinked short stories about a big rabbit family add up to a satisfying whole with humorous plots, witty text and utterly charming illustrations.

In the first story, Mrs. Rabbit and her five children bake a berry pie for their grandmother, but the pie flips over onto the children in a slapstick sequence as they take it to grandma’s house. Next, the bunnies play outside with a scooter and pogo sticks, trying to outdo one another, until Baby Sadie outdoes them all when she learns to hop by herself. In the final and funniest story, Flossie the bossy older sister pretends she is the mother putting the children to bed. When the younger bunnies pull typical bedtime stalling tricks, Flossie spins a magical tale of a princess and a dragon that puts everyone to sleep in a rewarding conclusion. The text is masterfully paced, with just the right combination of drama, action and dialogue, spiced with a droll sense of humor. Watercolor-and-ink illustrations provide individual personalities and amusing expressions for the rabbits, who live in a well-appointed home full of comfy furniture and familiar toys.  

This fresh and funny look at family life will have both children and adults chuckling. (Picture book. 3-6)