Betty Bunny Didn't Do It

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Olivia and Eloise, make room for Betty Bunny, a loveable handful nobunny can resist.
 
From the creator of Disney’s Dog with a Blog, this funny book in the Betty Bunny series shows the value of honesty from a preschooler’s special point of view.

When Betty Bunny breaks a lamp, she has a brand-new idea: Blame it on someone else (like the Tooth Fairy)! Then a vase gets broken and Betty Bunny really didn't ...

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Overview

Olivia and Eloise, make room for Betty Bunny, a loveable handful nobunny can resist.
 
From the creator of Disney’s Dog with a Blog, this funny book in the Betty Bunny series shows the value of honesty from a preschooler’s special point of view.

When Betty Bunny breaks a lamp, she has a brand-new idea: Blame it on someone else (like the Tooth Fairy)! Then a vase gets broken and Betty Bunny really didn't do it. But now no one in her family believes her. Honest lies, white lies, crying wolf—how can one four-year-old figure out the right thing to do?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
“Blaming someone else for something she had done was such a good idea, Betty Bunny didn’t know why she hadn’t thought of it before.” Yes, Betty Bunny is still a “handful” in her third picture book, in which she breaks a lamp and tries to cover up the crime. Kaplan and Jorisch are as skilled as ever at detailing the barely contained chaos of a household full of big personalities, as well as the sense of logic, injustice, and self-interest that drives Betty Bunny’s outlook. Ages 3–5. Author’s agent: Holly McGhee, Pippin Properties. Illustrator’s agent: Wanda Nowak Creative Illustrators Agency. (Feb.)
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Praise for Betty Bunny Didn't Do It:

• “Kaplan and Jorisch are as skilled as ever at detailing the barely contained chaos of a household full of big personalities, as well as the sense of logic, injustice, and self-interest that drives Betty Bunny’s outlook.” -Publishers Weekly starred review

“An inventive plot and charming illustrations depict an irrepressible main character who continues to be quite a handful:  Betty Bunny does it again.” –Kirkus Reviews

“This third Betty Bunny book continues to delight.” -School Library Journal

“Betty and family promote character development in an upright, yet dynamic and funny way.”-Library Media Connection
 

Children's Literature - Suzanne Javid
Meet Betty Bunny. She is back and still a handful. When her brothers Bill and Henry and sister Kate are too busy to play with her, she decides to play ball by herself. She plays ball in the house even though there is no one to catch the ball. Betty throws the ball and it crashes and breaks a table lamp. Oops. She stuffs the broken lamp under the rug and blames the Tooth Fairy whom she says flew into the room throwing a big bag of baby teeth at the lamp. Betty thinks blaming someone else for her mishaps is a good idea and wonders why she had not thought of it before. All this leads to more lies until Betty learns the importance of being truthful. This story is a fun picture book with charming watercolor art on large glossy white paper. Naughty but lovable Betty learns about honesty, blame, and behavior. Fans of Betty Bunny and those having to deal with Betty moments of others will be delighted with this story. Other titles in the series include Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake and Betty Bunny Wants Everything. Be sure to check out Betty's carrot shaped hair clip. Reviewer: Suzanne Javid
School Library Journal
K-Gr 1—When each family member is too busy to play ball, Betty's unguided energy leads to a broken vase and lamp. Her siblings offer advice, like hiding under the rug. Instead Betty blames each mishap on the tooth fairy and a very heavy bag of baby teeth. When she discovers that her confession makes her mother proud, the rabbit begins to admit to even imaginary offenses, like bank robbery. When she finally understands it's the truth that's valued, she then needs to learn tact since her first truth is to inform Daddy Bunny that he stinks after working out at the gym. The exuberant youngster bounces across pages masterfully detailed in pencil, ink, watercolor, and gouache. This third Betty Bunny book continues to delight. A single caution: brother Bill warns, "Mom is going to kill you"; in some households, that is not acceptable language.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
Kirkus Reviews
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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803738584
  • Publisher: Dial
  • Publication date: 2/21/2013
  • Series: Betty Bunny Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 192,030
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: AD660L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Kaplan is an Emmy award-winning television writer and producer and his career as a comedy writer included stints on two of television's most respected comedies, Roseanne and Frasier. He co-created and Executive Produced I'm In the Band for Disney XD. His new show, Dog With a Blog will be premiering on Disney Channel in the fall of 2012. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.

Stephane Jorisch has illustrated numerous picture books, including New Year at the Pier, Granddad's Fishing Buddy, The Real Story of Stone Soup, and Jabberwocky, for which he won the prestigious Governor General's Award. He was also nominated for the Hans Christian Anderson Award. Mr. Jorisch lives with his wife and three children in Montreal, Canada.

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