Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyEven though he is centrally located between big brother Benny and little sister Bibi, Bunbun is a nonconformist rabbit in this paper-over-board book. "Bunbun sings the loudest." He raises his arms and opens his mouth wide. "Bunbun gets the dirtiest." He tops a sand castle with a green flag, heedless of the splotches on his red outfit. Of the siblings, only Bunbun has a sidekick, a yellow-winged blackbird that always looks in his direction. McCullough's three rabbit characters resemble sock puppets, with their slender ears, tall bodies and elongated limbs. Their head-to-toe jumpsuits appear to have been shaded with waxy colored pencil, and they stand against opaque backgrounds in Easter-egg hues of purple and gold. Simple statements complement the minimalist drawings, and a steady refrain ("Bunbun is the middle one") grounds the pared-down description for beginning readers. McCullough briefly plays on the word "middle," writing that "Bunbun is the muddled one" who sometimes "wears his coat inside out" by accident. In these pages, Bunbun frowns and appears uncharacteristically gloomy. This departure doesn't fit the established narrative pattern or the generally cheerful tone of the pictures, but otherwise this book focuses proudly on an ofttimes contradictory middle child. Ages 6 mos.-4 yrs. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's LiteratureBunbun is the middle child in the family. He is the loudest, the dirtiest, the happiest and the hungriest of the three children. He always ends up in the middle between his brother and sister, and sometimes finds himself in a muddle as well. At these times, Bunbun feels like he doesn't quite belong with the others who seem to be problem-free. However, Bunbun knows that being in the middle is a good place, a cozy place, because there is always someone on either side of him. McCullough gives a warm, simple story for children with bright illustrations of Bunbun's frustrations and celebrations. Small children will appreciate Bunbun's predicament, especially if they are the ones in the middle of their own families. 2001, Barefoot Books, $14.99. Ages 3 to 6. Reviewer: Carol Lynch
School Library Journal - School Library JournalPreS-Bunbun has an older brother and a younger sister. He clearly excels at many things, but "muddles" others. While he "sings the loudest" and "gets the dirtiest," he also puts "his boots on the wrong feet" and "wears his coat inside out." The brief text is a gentle reminder that it is okay to be average, or "the middle one." The large, simple images are in bright, friendly shades of green, purple, and orange but the depictions of the characters are basically identical and the creatures can be distinguished only by size, color of clothing, and textual clues. The oversized font is designed to look handwritten. While children may relate to this character who, despite his mistakes, has a secure place in his family, they will find the text at best, middling.-Thomas Pitchford, Rosenthal Elementary, Alexandria, LA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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- 10.09(w) x 10.42(h) x 0.37(d)
- Age Range:
- 3 - 5 Years
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Bunbun, the Middle One based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
My kids love Bunbun and how unique he is- Bunbun marches to the beat of his own drum- and my kids love the silly things he does.
My son loves to look at the colorful pictures in this charming story. Would be a must for anyone with a middle child. We have only one child so far, and it is a must here.