Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake

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Meet Betty Bunny, a loveable handful nobunny can resist.
From author Michael B. Kaplan, creator of Disney’s T.V. show Dog with a Blog, comes the debut picture book of the Betty Bunny series. It's a story about patience—seen through the eyes of a precocious preschooler.
Betty Bunny is the youngest in her family of rabbits and she’s just discovering the important ...

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Meet Betty Bunny, a loveable handful nobunny can resist.
From author Michael B. Kaplan, creator of Disney’s T.V. show Dog with a Blog, comes the debut picture book of the Betty Bunny series. It's a story about patience—seen through the eyes of a precocious preschooler.
Betty Bunny is the youngest in her family of rabbits and she’s just discovering the important things in life, like chocolate cake. She declares, “I am going to marry chocolate cake” and takes a piece to school with her in her pocket. Mom values healthy eating and tells Betty Bunny she needs patience when it comes to dessert. But Betty Bunny doesn’t want patience, she wants chocolate cake! In this funny tribute to chocolate lovers (and picky eaters), Betty Bunny’s charming perspective on patience will be recognizable to anyone with a preschooler in their life.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The devil's food cake is in the details of this blithe yet emotionally honest book about the eponymous rabbit, a "handful" of a child who becomes deeply enamored of chocolate cake after her first bite. Much of the book's humor depends upon Betty's misunderstandings—especially the meanings of "handful" ("Betty Bunny knew that her mother and father loved her, and so being a handful must be very, very good") and patience. When Betty's mother insists she eat her healthy dinner before her cake, Betty throws a tantrum before agreeing to be more patient tomorrow. (She quickly reveals she doesn't quite have the concept down when she stealthily slips a piece of cake into her pocket, where it turns into a "brown goopy mess.") Readers will delight in feeling older and wiser than Betty, and both Jorisch (New Year at the Pier) and debut talent Kaplan demonstrate a sure handle on feisty modern family dynamics, whether in Betty's dreamy gaze as she declares, "I am going to marry chocolate cake," or her older brother's surly retort: "Whatever.... But you're going to have really weird-looking kids." Ages 3–5. (May)
Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
Betty Bunny is, as her parents note, "a handful," and nowhere is this more clear than when she discovers chocolate cake for the first time and decides from that point on that everything in her world will be about chocolate cake. After stating that she intends to "marry chocolate cake," she determines that every letter of the alphabet is for chocolate cake. Then she looks for creative approaches at school to make chocolate cake—wet dirt really does not match the real chocolate taste of cake. And finally, she tries to take her true love with her to her pocket. Eventually, Betty learns that chocolate cake has a true place in the world—as dessert after a healthy supper, but this realization comes after many trials and tribulations for Betty and her family. The illustrations in this book are created as beautiful watercolors and ink drawings that vividly support the storyline and enhance the humor of the text. This is a fun book for young readers. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Betty Bunny is, according to her parents, a handful. This includes being a picky eater. Still, the first time she's coaxed into trying chocolate cake, it's love at first bite. She loves it so much, she wants to marry it. She can't wait for her next piece, which leads to a host of very funny misadventures. This is the tale of a child who needs to learn patience but can't quite get the hang of it. Kaplan fills the book with exuberance and laugh-out-loud dialogue. The text tends to be wordy and repetitive, though, and the net result is a book that may be too long for its intended audience. This problem is largely alleviated by Jorisch's adorable watercolor-gouache illustrations, which add loads of kid appeal. Postures, facial expressions, and situations are depicted with skill and humor—and the chocolate cake looks pretty good, too. A fun, surprise ending will leave readers smiling.—Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY
Kirkus Reviews

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)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803734074
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 5/5/2011
  • Series: Betty Bunny Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 199,956
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: AD600L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 10.16 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

A native of Wayland, Massachusetts, Michael Kaplan wrote plays and musicals throughout high school and at Princeton University, where he attended college. Upon graduation he moved to New York where a number of his plays received productions and staged readings, primarily at The Ensemble Studio Theatre, where he is a member. For the past twenty-two years, he has lived in Los Angeles, working as a television writer and producer on a total of twelve different prime time shows for ABC, NBC, FOX, and UPN. His career as a comedy writer has included stints as a writer and Supervising Producer on two of television's most respected comedies, Roseanne and Frasier. For his work on the latter, he received an Emmy award, as a member of the producing staff, for best comedy series. 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 is the author of Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake and Betty Bunny Wants Everything. 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, the Canadian equivalent of the Caldecott. Mr. Jorisch lives with his wife and three children in Montreal, Canada.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2015

    Cute and funny book! I love books with some slight adult humor;

    Cute and funny book! I love books with some slight adult humor; for instance Betty Bunny thinks "being a handful" is a good thing because she knows her parents love her. Therefore she tells her mom that she's a handful. The kids didn't quite understand, but mom and dad laughed! Check out Betty Bunny books--very fun to read!

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  • Posted July 27, 2011

    Great Book

    My 5 Year old loves this book, great story and a funny little betty bunny!

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  • Posted July 12, 2011


    An extremely funny book that stands out!! Both my boys age 6 and 2 love it and recite many parts of the story while in the car. Its a book even adults would love to read. It makes me laugh every time I read. Betty Bunny is one silly bunny!

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    Posted April 29, 2011

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