Toys can be just as irresistible as chocolate cake, Betty Bunny discovers in her second outing. While at the mall, her siblings agreeably pick out one toy each, while Betty fills the cart. “aybe you don’t understand. You can’t have all these toys,” says Betty’s mother. “Maybe you don’t understand,” Betty replies. “I want all these toys.” Leaving the store without any toys, Betty has a meltdown, but her parents come up with a plan that could become a teaching moment—maybe. Laugh-out-loud writing and spot-on characterizations convey a distinctive family with very relatable dilemmas. Ages 3–5. Agent: Holly McGhee, Pippin Properties. Illustrator’s agent: Wanda Nowak Creative Illustrators Agency. (Feb.)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Kaplan again has his finger on the pulse of childhood insatiability . . . Audiences will recognize the impulses, celebrate the disaster, and take sly pleasure in Betty's victory over parental reason."
"Toddlers and parents of toddlers will surely relate to this hilarious handful of a rabbit girl."
From the Publisher
"Laugh-out-loud writing and spot-on characterizations convey a distinctive family with very relatable dilemmas." — Publishers Weekly
"Kaplan again has his finger on the pulse of childhood insatiability . . . Audiences will recognize the impulses, celebrate the disaster, and take sly pleasure in Betty's victory over parental reason." — The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Toddlers and parents of toddlers will surely relate to this hilarious handful of a rabbit girl." — Booklist
"More, please." — Kirkus
Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
At the mall, Betty Bunny's mother offers Betty and her siblings the opportunity to each select one toy. Betty's brothers and sister easily decide on what they want but Betty wants everything. First, she selects a stuffed bunny; however, she adds a music set, detective kit, and more toys until the shopping cart is overflowing with the toys that she wants. Despite her mother's explanation and her siblings' advice, Betty insists that she must have all the toys. Finally, Betty's mother asked Betty to pick one toy or she will have no toys from the store. Unfortunately, Betty is not satisfied with just one and she throws a tantrum. Betty's mother carries a screaming Betty out of the store. At home, Betty continues to cry, sulk, and pout. Her parents come up with an interesting idea to resolve Betty's dilemma and the family returns to the toy store where Betty makes her selection. There is a funny twist at the end of the story. Watercolor pictures illustrate Betty's antics in this adventure; equally amusing are the expressions of the other customers in the toy store. Readers may be familiar with Betty's strong personality from an earlier book, Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
PreS-K—In Betty Bunny's return appearance, the enthusiastic rabbit and her siblings are told that they can each choose one toy in the toy store. Betty Bunny selects a small stuffed bunny that looks a lot like her. But then she starts filling the cart. When her mother reminds her of the one-item rule, Betty replies, "Maybe you don't understand…I want all these toys." Unable to get her way, Betty throws a full-blown tantrum as her mother picks her up and leaves the store. At home, she tries to convince her father that the tears are because she has the meanest mommy in the world. Her parents have a plan. They take her back to the store and give her some cash to spend as she wants, hoping she will come to an understanding about the value of money. Betty gets the small stuffed bunny she initially chose, and her mother and father assume she has learned a lesson—until the youngster fills the cart again with toys, saying that the stuffed bunny wants them. The mostly watercolor illustrations are colorful and expressive, and the characters' contemporary clothing is quite funny. There is humor in the reactions and dialogue of Betty's three older siblings as they witness this drama. There is a lesson here about money and what it can do. Readers will probably learn it, but Betty Bunny clearly has not.—Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI
That boisterous Betty Bunny is back, and she's just as much of a handful as she was in her initial outing (Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake, 2011). This time Betty's focused on choosing a toy at the store, but with so many choices, what's a bunny to do? Betty and her siblings are told that they can each select just one toy, and Betty at first chooses a little bunny doll. Then she quickly fills up an entire shopping cart with a towering stack of hilariously named toys, such as a Captain Gizmo Detective Kit. Her spree leads to a meltdown and a tearful trip home sans toy, but her understanding parents and siblings work with Betty to help her make an appropriate choice with her money on a return trip to the store. Kaplan's perfectly paced text captures a young child's intense emotions and limited reasoning, and the patient parents and slightly snide older brothers are real characters, as is the irrepressible Betty. Charming, large-scale illustrations in watercolor and ink are filled with details of toys and clothing, with understated colors and white backgrounds creating a fresh, contemporary air. We don't know everything about Betty Bunny yet, and her new BFF, the bunny doll she names Little Betty, might turn out to be a handful, too. More, please. (Picture book. 3-6)