Babbit

Overview

Babbit is a garrulous toy bunny who has a startling adventure—how will his flippity floppity day end?

Talkative carrot lover Babbit is having a lovely picnic with the Big One and the Little One, but just as they are packing everything away, he is grabbed! But who has stolen him? This humorous story of learning to play nice and take care of toys has a happy ending for all.

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Overview

Babbit is a garrulous toy bunny who has a startling adventure—how will his flippity floppity day end?

Talkative carrot lover Babbit is having a lovely picnic with the Big One and the Little One, but just as they are packing everything away, he is grabbed! But who has stolen him? This humorous story of learning to play nice and take care of toys has a happy ending for all.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Babbit, a blue stuffed rabbit, is snatched from under the noses of his picnicking owners by a gang of four diminutive, scary-cute villains. A witch with a pointy hat, a pink bear, a crocodile, and a dragon quarrel over their prize. “I’m having his little fluffy tail,” says the Witchy One, after they’ve tied Babbit to a tree. “You can have his ears,” she tells the bear. It could be frightening, but Babbit himself narrates, so his fate is not in doubt. He is promptly rescued by his owner, the Little One, and her sister, the Big One, and the miscreants are banished to “the naughty seats.” It’s a fast-moving chase story, but there’s also a message about mastering fear. “Don’t panic,” Babbit tells himself, and he never does. Childlike drawings, a muted palette, and matte paper with faux faded edges all signal make-believe, while Monks’s (What the Ladybug Heard) stiff figures move like dolls and the action unfolds like a Punch and Judy show. Kids will particularly enjoy Babbit’s bossy tone: “That’s what happens when you don’t play nicely,” he sniffs. Ages 3–5. (Feb.)
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"It’s a fast-moving chase story, but there’s also a message about mastering fear." — Publishers Weekly

"A fun but sensible lesson, ever so lightly given." — Booklist

"Monks’s  childlike acrylic and collage illustrations capture the suspenseful high jinks. . . making for a not-so-scary imaginative romp."  —School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
There is a tiny ladybug making guest appearances throughout Monk's newest book, demoted from his formerly featured role in What the Ladybug Heard. He peeps in on the rather alarming cover of this book which shows a toy rabbit looking wide-eyed and frightened as he is tied to a tree and stared at by a witch. What in heaven's name is that about? The toy rabbit, named Babbit, goes on a leisurely picnic with his young owner and her sister, but he is spirited away by a monstrous group of predatory creatures. Witchy, Snappy, Snorty, and Growly steal the toy (which was not well-minded by his very young owner) and then proceed to argue over who will get which part of the tempting treat to eat. In this respect, the book calls to mind Shel Silverstein's Ladies' First—but it is neither as funny nor as satirical. While grown-ups and older children will immediately know that this is all in fun, the youngest readers may be alarmed at Babbit's big-eyed stare and manner of being handled by his ears. This could, in fact, be interpreted as a bullying or abduction scenario, since the nasty Gang of Four are described quite clearly as "meanies." Of course, this means the book could be turned into an object lesson on how to deal with bullying or "stranger danger," but there are more direct books on those subjects that also give better solutions. The illustrations are flat and one-dimensional. The language, although not overtly British, has a British tone that will make Supernanny fans smile when the captors are put on their "naughty seats." Overall, this book is a bit scary for little readers and not sufficiently sophisticated for their older siblings. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—While picnicking with his owners, a blue stuffed bunny is snatched away by a gang of toy "meanies." A yellow crocodile, pink bear, spotted dragon, and witch debate Babbit's tastiest bits: "I'm having his little fluffy tail… .You can have his ears." Sisters ("the Big One and the Little One") rescue Babbit, and a mad-dash chase through the forest ensues. When they reach the safety of home, the Biggest One of All (their mother) sends the Snappy One, the Growly One, the Snorty One, and the Witchy One to "the naughty seats." Babbit's saucy narration is peppered with funny expressions like "Wiggle my whiskers," "Blinking bob tails," and "Thank our lucky lettuce leaves." Monks's childlike acrylic and collage illustrations capture the suspenseful high jinks. All ends well with the sisters and Babbit tucked in bed, making for a not-so-scary imaginative romp.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405254236
  • Publisher: Egmont UK
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.52 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 0.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Lydia Monks is the author and illustrator of Aaaaarrrgghh, Spider! and Eek Mouse!

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