Buddy and the Bunnies in: Don't Play with Your Food!

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Rah! Buddy's a monster, and he's hungry! Time for all cute little bunnies to hop into his mouth. "Oh no!" they say. "There are cupcakes in the oven!" They offer Buddy some, and he becomes too full to eat the bunnies. He'll have to come back tomorrow. And so it goes between Buddy and the bunnies—they take him swimming, after which he is too tired to eat; they take him on all the rides at a carnival, after which he is too dizzy to eat; they even form a Buddy fan club . . . and who could eat their own fan club? ...

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Overview

Rah! Buddy's a monster, and he's hungry! Time for all cute little bunnies to hop into his mouth. "Oh no!" they say. "There are cupcakes in the oven!" They offer Buddy some, and he becomes too full to eat the bunnies. He'll have to come back tomorrow. And so it goes between Buddy and the bunnies—they take him swimming, after which he is too tired to eat; they take him on all the rides at a carnival, after which he is too dizzy to eat; they even form a Buddy fan club . . . and who could eat their own fan club? Eventually Buddy realizes that the bunnies have tricked him. The bunnies aren't food at all—they are friends!

The bunnies' seemingly naive offers of friendship are a charming—and clever—mode of survival in this sweet and silly story about a not-at-all-scary monster.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/21/2013
The star of Shea’s Dinosaur vs. books may dominate his foes, but not so with shaggy, orange-striped, and ill-tempered Buddy the monster, who tries and fails to eat a passel of cute, white bunnies. “No, please, no! We were about to make cupcakes!” three bunnies wail, stopping him in his tracks. “They played hide-and-seek while the cupcakes baked,” and Buddy fills up on treats. He returns the next day, and five bunnies propose that they go swimming. “If you bunnies are half as delicious as you are nice, I am in for a treat,” Buddy admits. The next day, seven bunnies take him to the carnival (sticking to “spinny, whippy rides” that give Buddy an upset stomach), and the next, eleven admonish him with the book’s sideways title. With recent longer comedies like this one and Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great, Shea’s digital art and one-joke narratives have blossomed. While this romp predictably favors the underdogs, Shea’s energized colors, subtle background textures, and manic visuals keep the eye moving, while the shouty dialogue, hapless monster, and sneaky rabbits amplify the silly suspense. Ages 4–8. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Jan.)
School Library Journal
12/01/2013
PreS-Gr 3—Buddy, a monster, has no use for flowers, trees, or pretty much anything in nature. What he really wants is bunnies. "I'm going to eat all you bunnies!" he announces to three rabbits. They convince him to play hide-and-seek until their cupcakes come out of the oven and, after munching the goodies, he's too full to eat bunnies. "Would you bunnies mind if I eat you tomorrow?" he asks. The next day they entice him to go swimming before he eats them. "You musn't go swimming right after you eat! You'll get a cramp!" Then "they look so cute when they're napping" after their swim that he can't possibly eat them. Next the bunnies form a "Stripey-Stripe Club" in Buddy's honor and vote to spend a day at the carnival, which makes him too dizzy to eat them. "Okay, no more fooling around./Today I'm going to eat you bunnies first thing," he declares next day. But the bunnies, in a delightful surprise ending, have an argument their nemesis just can't refute. This is a hilarious romp made all the more enjoyable by Shea's cartoons outlined in black crayon. Buddy is a small orange fellow with bulging eyes and a cavernous mouth, ever seeking a tasty bunny treat. Backgrounds change continually and are often decorated with stars, curlicues, and other symbols. The carnival day, depicted on black ground, is especially bold. Alert readers will notice the bunnies keep multiplying. Pair this laugh-out-loud caper with Linda Bailey's Toads on Toast (Kids Can, 2012).—Marianne Saccardi, formerly at Norwalk Community College, CT
Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-09
Buddy is one cranky, hungry monster. He yells at the mountains, the trees and even the sun. "You're not so hot, SUN!" But whom does he like to yell at the most? Bunnies! He's going to eat them up. "No, please, no!" the bunnies quiver. "We were about to make cupcakes!" Buddy, not one to fall for trickery, declares, "Cupcakes first. Bunnies for dessert." But of course, after eating nine cupcakes, he's far too full to eat another bite. He promises to return for the bunnies the next day. Thus, the manipulation continues. The bunnies take him swimming so he's too tired to eat them. Then they form the Stripey-Stripe Club--in honor of Buddy and his orange stripes! Buddy is having so much fun with the bunnies that he forgets the old adage: Don't play with your food. Well, now he can't eat the bunnies because they have become…his friends! Buddy, the chubby little monster, looks suspiciously similar to a certain red dinosaur (Dinosaur vs. Bedtime, 2008, etc.) and has the bravado to match. The ending goes a beat too far, but Shea's storytelling still shines. Children often see themselves as the underdog in an adultcentric world; they'll be rooting for the bunnies (all three…no wait, 72 of them). (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423168072
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 594,044
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Bob Shea

Bob Shea is the author-illustrator of several picture books on the Disney-Hyperion list, such as UNICORN THINKS HE'S PRETTY GREAT, and four books in the DINOSAUR VS. series. He also created animations, graphics, and logos that have been seen on Comedy Central, PBS, Nick Jr., and Noggin. He and his wife, Colleen, run their own graphic design company called Perfectly Nice, and their son Ryan inspired the character Dinosaur. When Bob isn't out on the road promoting his books, he lives and works in Madison, Connecticut.

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