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BETTY BUNNY LOVES CHOCOLATE CAKE by Michael B. Kaplan Kirkus Star

BETTY BUNNY LOVES CHOCOLATE CAKE

From the Betty Bunny series

By Michael B. Kaplan (Author) , Stéphane Jorisch (Illustrator)

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: May 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8037-3407-4
Publisher: Dial

A spunky bunny girl, whimsical watercolor illustrations and a laugh-out-loud plot are the key ingredients for this sweet and satisfying treat of a story.

“Betty Bunny was a handful.” That’s what her mother always tells her, and the author and illustrator show readers just how much of a handful she is, capturing her irrepressible personality (which includes a streak of creative naughtiness). Little Betty, the youngest child of four, becomes enraptured with chocolate cake, announcing she loves it so much, she wants to marry it. Her brothers jump right in to tease her, her sister tries to help and her mom offers calm solutions, all with minimal text set in an attractive type with key phrases in larger, bold font. Kaplan, a television writer and producer, has an exquisite sense of dramatic pacing and comedic timing, as well as a deep understanding of a 5-year-old bunny girl’s emotions. Betty has intense feelings: She truly loves her chocolate cake, and she is truly furious at her siblings when they tease her. The author captures the flavor of sibling interactions as well, with each of the three older rabbit children interacting with Betty in characteristic ways, including some hilarious smart-aleck comments from the bunny brothers. Betty not only wants to marry her chocolate cake, she wants to keep it close to her too, finding out the hard way that cake doesn’t belong in your pocket…or your sock.

Delicious. (Picture book. 3-6)