An inventive plot and charming illustrations depict an irrepressible main character who continues to be quite a handful: Betty Bunny does it again.
In her third starring role in this successful series, Betty Bunny breaks a lamp when she plays with her ball in the house. Her misdeed leads to a string of lies that are laugh-out-loud funny, as she blames both her lying and the broken lamp on the Tooth Fairy. Her imaginative excuses will amuse both children and adults with their humor and creativity. Once again, Kaplan captures the humorous dynamics of a large family, with subtle lessons about tattling, truth-telling and saving the feelings of others by not stating the truth if it will hurt someone’s feelings. Though the patient parents explain the rules about truth-telling, the text is never preachy or moralistic. Betty Bunny’s innocent, intelligent personality is captivating; she’s naughty but lovable all at the same time, just like a real child. Jorisch’s enchanting watercolor illustrations capture Betty’s bouncy behavior and her family’s reactions with delightful flair, from the carrot-shaped hair ornament on Betty Bunny’s head to the hint of a mustache on the teenage brother’s suitably snide upper lip.
Betty Bunny is a handful: a strong heroine who makes readers laugh as she learns a little more with each addition to the series. (Picture book. 3-7)