A Boy and His Bunny

A Boy and His Bunny

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by Sean Bryan, Tom Murphy

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A humorous way to show kids that being different can be a lot of fun! How would you feel if one morning you woke up with a big-eared, wet-nosed bunny on your head?Would you be surprised? And what would you do if you learned the bunny's name was Fred? And he liked it there on top of your head? You'd be different from your friends, who have nothing on their heads,…  See more details below


A humorous way to show kids that being different can be a lot of fun! How would you feel if one morning you woke up with a big-eared, wet-nosed bunny on your head?Would you be surprised? And what would you do if you learned the bunny's name was Fred? And he liked it there on top of your head? You'd be different from your friends, who have nothing on their heads, but hey! That's okay too.This charming fun-filled book about a boy and special friend will delight young readers and enchant their parents as well.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Pish posh to ordinary costume rabbit ears. Author Sean Bryan imagines life with a real bunny on one's head. His nameless boy protagonist wakes one morning to discover just that, and he reveals a few possible scenarios in a day with a hare on your hair. In very simple rhyme, the bunny on the head, is, predictably, dubbed Fred. Together boy and bunny discover, among other things, that sandwiches can be spread, languages can be said, and trips can be taken on a bobsled or moped. Alas, Bryan does not approach the genius of Dr. Seuss. The real appeal in Bryan's book just might be in encouraging young audiences to recognize rhyme and to think of their own additional possibilities, in verse, for the boy and Fred. It could be a springboard for a quiet routine that includes this book and ends with rhyming schemes of one's own making. The uncomplicated, two-color line illustrations in soft blue and yellow by Tom Murphy are a pleasant support. 2005, Arcade Publishing, Ages 2 to 5.
—Anne May
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-While Mother is puzzled when her son wakes up with an animal on his head, he isn't perturbed. In fact, the creature lets her know that "you can do anything with a bunny on your head." And so the fanciful story goes. The bunny explains that "peanut butter can be spread" and "books can be read with a bunny on your head." Only pale blue and yellow color the spare line drawings, yet they go a long way in embellishing this quirky and imaginative tale. The large font emphasizes the white space. On the final page, the boy's sister enters, sporting her own animal. An amusing picture book that warrants repeated readings.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Likely to tickle many a preschool listener's ribs, this droll episode pairs simply drawn, two-color pictures with a text that takes relentless advantage of repetition and rhymes for "head." Having gotten out of bed with a rabbit (named, naturally, Fred) on his head, a lad proceeds down to get fed, and brings his understandably astonished mother around to acceptance by proving that bunny-capped is not handicapped: "Books can be read with a bunny on your head. Peanut butter can be spread with a bunny on your head," and more, on to even, "explore the seabed. . . ." " 'Wow,' Mom exclaims at last, 'You look pretty cool with that bunny on your head!' " Sister's subsequent entrance with an entirely different sort of creature on her noggin adds a final giggle to this cousin of David Small's Imogene's Antlers (1985). (Picture book. 4-6)
Chicago Tribune
“The rhymes and simple pictures, with strong, witty lines, keep it burbling along, until a nice surprise ending.”
Children's Literature - Miranda McClain
Most have heard of waking up on the wrong side of the bed, but who has ever woken up with a bunny on their head? Well, that is how the boy in this story starts his day. He proceeds to name the bunny Fred and when they come down for breakfast the boy and Fred defend their startling new relationship to the boys mother by listing the many things that can be done all with a bunny on one's head. The Story is told in rhyme, however the rhymes are rather banal as the last word in just about every sentence in the book rhymes with head. Right at the last minute when almost all hope of the writer's knowing any other rhymes is lost there is a twist and a different sound is added but it hardly saves the book from being tedious. The simple line drawings in blue and yellow do not add much flare to the already uninspiring book. Reviewer: Miranda McClain

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Arcade Publishing
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9.37(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Sean Bryan is the author of numerous children’s books, including A Girl and Her Gator, A Bear and His Boy, and The Juggling Pug. He works at a New York advertising agency and lives with his wife and son in Darien, Connecticut.

Tom Murphy is the illustrator of numerous books, including four books with Sean Bryan. He also works in advertising. He lives with his wife and two children in Westchester, New York.

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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
I have finally read the prequel and sequel to A Girl and Her Gator by Sean Bryan and Tom Murphy. Having read the entire trilogy (perhaps with more to come), I feel like my life is complete. These are some of my most favorite picture books of all time. The genius started in 2005 with A Boy and His Bunny when a boy woke up with a bunny on his head. Boy and Bunny decided to roll with it. Stranger things had probably happened somewhere so why get upset over something so minor? Boy's mother (I call him this because unlike the other series characters, the original Boy has no name although he does take the time to name Bunny Fred) was less adaptible. You know, I hate to tell you, but it's got to be said. You have a great big bunny on your head! This launches a lecture from both Boy and Fred on how rabbits peacefully coexisting on one's head in no way limits one's mobility or ability. You could read a book, lead an army, indeed even ride a bobsled with a bunny on your head. Thus enlightened, the mother recants and admits that Fred does look kind of cool on her son's head. Her opinion was immediately thrown into question, however, when Boy's sister walked in with a small alligator on her head. (You will of course recognize my beloved Claire and Pierre from A Girl and Her Gator.) I like these books because they are simple yet complex. The story is written and rhyme and could arguably be seen as a commentary on tolerance and the fact that different does not mean diminished. At the same time, the illustrations are presented on clean (usually white backgrounds) which makes them pop. In terms of reading aloud, the book is large enough that the minimalist illustrations can be seen clearly. While entertaining, the text is not so dense as to bore children (or tire the reader). Really, aside from Boy not having a name--a fact that kind of made me crazy when I realized it--A Boy and His Bunny is just as entertaining as its sequel A Girl and Her Gator although the latter remains superior simply because of Claire and its general pinkness. After reading the sequel the fun continues in A Bear and His Boy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My one year old and two year old belly laugh reading this delightful book...and a day doesn't pass that we don't spend some time with this boy and his bunny! The illustrations are outstanding! Perfect book for your little one's Easter basket!