KNUFFLE BUNNY FREE by Mo Willems

KNUFFLE BUNNY FREE

An Unexpected Diversion
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Having survived a trip through the dryer and a horrific case of mistaken identity, Knuffle Bunny and Trixie are headed for Holland to visit Trixie’s Oma and Opa. This means a whole lot of waiting before “(finally) getting onto a real airplane!” It will surprise none of their fans that, once at Oma and Opa’s, “Trixie realize[s] something!” Alas, retrieving a forgotten bunny from a China-bound airliner proves impossible, even for daddy. Willems uses his arresting technique of digitally placing full-color cartoons in black-and-white photographs against muted negative space, and his pacing is as pitch-perfect as ever. But this is a tale of a girl who’s growing up, and, just as Trixie’s lip doesn’t quiver quite so much, the emotional arc here is flattened. “She was getting bigger. / Even if she wished she wasn’t.” This feels more like a book for parents than children, a feeling underscored by the coda, an illustrated note to Trixie from her daddy that imagines her growing up and starting a family of her own. It’s a whole lot more palatable than Love You Forever, but still—maybe it would have been better for the fictional Trixie not to grow up. (Picture book. Adult)
Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-06-192957-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2010




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