Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale

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Trixie, Daddy, and Knuffle Bunny take a trip to the neighborhood Laundromat. But the exciting adventure takes a dramatic turn when Trixie realizes somebunny was left behind Using a combination of muted black-and-white photographs and expressive illustrations, this stunning book tells a brilliantly true-to-life tale about what happens when Daddy's in charge and things go terribly, hilariously wrong.

A 2005 Caldecott Honor Book

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Overview

Trixie, Daddy, and Knuffle Bunny take a trip to the neighborhood Laundromat. But the exciting adventure takes a dramatic turn when Trixie realizes somebunny was left behind Using a combination of muted black-and-white photographs and expressive illustrations, this stunning book tells a brilliantly true-to-life tale about what happens when Daddy's in charge and things go terribly, hilariously wrong.

A 2005 Caldecott Honor Book

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
In a smart blend of cartoons and sepia-toned photos, Caldecott Honor winner Willems spins a comical tale of trouble at the laundromat. Knuffle Bunny, a beloved stuffed rabbit, accidentally gets tossed in with the wash. When little Trixie realizes what's happened to her bunny, the toddler gets creative in conveying her loss. (Ages 2 to 4)
Child magazine's Best Children's Book Awards 2004
Publishers Weekly
Any child who has ever had a favorite toy will identify with the toddler star of this tale. The plot is simple: Trixie loses bunny, finds bunny and then exuberantly says her first words-"Knuffle Bunny!!!" The fun comes from the details. In an innovative style that employs dappled black-and-white photographs of Brooklyn as backdrop to wickedly funny color cartoons, Willems (Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!) creates an entertaining story for parents and children alike. His economical storytelling and deft skill with line lend the book its distinctive charm, while the endpapers mitigate anxiety by clueing in readers concerning the solution to Trixie's problem. Willems renders the characters with Little Lulu-style pointed noses and their expressions are laugh-out-loud funny, from the hapless father's worried look as he and Trixie venture out to the Laundromat, to his roll-up-your-sleeves determination as he rescues the stuffed toy from the washing machine. But it's pre-verbal Trixie who steals the show. Her wide-eyed enthusiasm about the world around her is matched only by her desperate attempts to communicate. "Aggle flaggle klabble!" she says when she finds Knuffle Bunny missing, and her well-intentioned but clueless father translates, "That's right.... We're going home." An especially delicious scene finds the frustrated Trixie abandoning baby talk for action: "Well, she had no choice. Trixie bawled. She went boneless." The accompanying pictures comically corroborate the omniscient narrator's claim. Willems once again demonstrates his keen insight with a story both witty and wise. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
A treasured stuffed animal is all too often lost or left behind, resulting in a tragedy for the small owner. Knuffle Bunny is Trixie's beloved companion, taken on a trip to the Laundromat with her dad. Readers and listeners will spot her problem immediately, but Daddy just can't understand Trixie's desperate attempts to communicate in her own language. By the time they reach home, Daddy is as unhappy as Trixie. Her Mommy, of course, immediately asks the crucial question: "Where's Knuffle Bunny?" Back they all run to the Laundromat, where they finally find the elusive bunny. In her delight, Trixie says her first real words: "Knuffle Bunny." The very succinct text is basically no more than captions for the illustrations. It is the visual narrative that keeps the pages turning. The artist places his full color set of cartoon characters, hand-drawn in ink, on backgrounds consisting of digital photography in shades of gray showing the neighborhood and Laundromat. A few speech balloons add dramatic content. Here hand-drawn pictures and computer-manipulated photographs join in a happy marriage in a situation any parent will understand. 2004, Hyperion Books for Children, Ages 2 to 5.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Trixie steps lively as she goes on an errand with her daddy, down the block, through the park, past the school, to the Laundromat. For the toddler, loading and putting money into the machine invoke wide-eyed pleasure. But, on the return home, she realizes something. Readers will know immediately that her stuffed bunny has been left behind but try as she might, (in hilarious gibberish), she cannot get her father to understand her problem. Despite his plea of "please don't get fussy," she gives it her all, bawling and going "boneless." They both arrive home unhappy. Mom immediately sees that "Knuffle Bunny" is missing and so it's back to the Laundromat they go. After several tries, dad finds the toy among the wet laundry and reclaims hero status. Yet, this is not simply a lost-and-found tale. The toddler exuberantly exclaims, "Knuffle Bunny!!!" "And those were the first words Trixie ever said." The concise, deftly told narrative becomes the perfect springboard for the pictures. They, in turn, augment the story's emotional acuity. Printed on olive-green backdrops, the illustrations are a combination of muted, sepia-toned photographs upon which bright cartoon drawings of people have been superimposed. Personalities are artfully created so that both parents and children will recognize themselves within these pages. A seamless and supremely satisfying presentation of art and text.-Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Anguish begets language in this tale of a toddler's lost stuffie. Trixie and her daddy go on an errand to the local laundromat, an odyssey that takes the intrepid pair through the park and past the school and back-but "a block or so later . . . Trixie realized something." Her desperate attempts to communicate ("AGGLE FLAGGLE KLABBLE!") proving fruitless, Trixie resorts to time-honored toddler tactics: she bawls and goes boneless. Readers will deduce what Trixie's clueless daddy does not: her toy bunny has been left behind. Retro-style (think Rocky and Bullwinkle) cartoons depict the human players in the drama; sepia-tinted photographs of the artist's Brooklyn neighborhood, framed in pale green, provide the backdrops. Willems is a master of body language; Trixie's despair and her daddy's frazzlement as expressive as her joy ("KNUFFLE BUNNY!") and his triumph at the excavation of the errant bunny from the washing machine. The natural audience for this offering is a little older than its main character: they will easily identify with Trixie's grief and at the same time feel superior to her hapless parent-and rejoice wholeheartedly at the happy reunion. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786818709
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Series: Knuffle Bunny Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 13,025
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 120L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 12.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2004

    A Classic! A Delectable Visual and Comedic Treat!

    This heartwarming, amusing book is sure to be as popular was Willem¿s Don¿t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog. Again, he presents a simple problem familiar to most children. While accompanying her daddy to the Laundromat, toddler Trixie loses her favorite stuffed animal, ¿Knuffle Bunny.¿ She realizes her loss on the way home and frantically tries to tell her father the problem. Unfortunately, Trixie hasn¿t learned how to talk yet. The more she tries to communicate with her father, the more upset she becomes, as does her baffled and frustrated father. In an effort to help, observant readers are likely to shout out the obvious answer. The images of the two at this stage and when Trixie¿s mother immediately guesses the problem upon their arrival at home are hilarious, cartooning masterpieces. The same is true for the family¿s mad dash to fetch Knuffle Bunny and her father¿s lengthy hunt for it. When he finally finds it, Trixie says her first words: ¿Knuffle Bunny!!!¿ Williems¿ amazingly simple, but expressive cartoon characters set against sepia-toned photographic images of an urban neighborhood illuminate his appropriately sparse text.. Highly recommended for ages 1 to 4.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 7, 2011

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    MUST HAVE

    This has long been my son's favorite picture book to read and luckily it is one that adults won't soon tire of either. Why isn't it available on my Nook??

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2010

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    An Adorable story!

    Knuffle Bunny is one of my favorite books to read to my little three year old. The story is sweet and really hits home. It is amazing how beloved stuff animals really do become a part of the whole family. As parents we truly will do anything to find these missing treasures. The emotions found in this story capture the panic a parent feels when they can't find their little one's special snuggle toy and shows the essence of communication between toddler and parent. It is a perfect book to sit down and snuggle together while you read. If you like this story, I also recommend The Adventures of Paige and Berry Bear.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2013

    In this cautionary tale written and illustrated by the talented

    In this cautionary tale written and illustrated by the talented Mo Willems, Trixie is a toddler who carries a toy rabbit named Knuffle Bunny with her everywhere she goes. When Trixie misplaces her toy rabbit, she becomes most upset. 
    In my house, Thomas is a toddler who carries a toy rabbit named Hop Hop with him everywhere he goes. When Thomas misplaces his toy rabbit, he becomes most upset. 
    'Nuff said.

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  • Posted January 11, 2012

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    Aggle Flaggle Awesome!

    I got this for my one year old thinking she would grow into it in a year or so. I was so wrong. She is only 14 months, and she LOVES this book already! She loves looking at it by herself, and she loves it when we read it to her. When we go to her room for nap or bed time, she now immediately signs to "read" and looks for her Knuffle Bunny book.

    And as far as having to read a story over and over, this one isn't bad for the parent. Such a creative design and easy to get through and any parent who has dealt with a child's public meltdown will find this book amusing. We'll definitely be purchasing the two other books in the series.

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  • Posted December 26, 2011

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    a great read for kids

    Not only is the story endearing, but I absolutely loved the way that Mo Willems incorporates real shots into his cartoon. I laughed a lot at the animated expressions in this story. Great for toddlers, but also fun for parents to read to the little ones.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2011

    You all must read it!

    Awesome book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Knuffle Bunny was recommed by Barnes and Knobles staff person and I was not disapointed.

    The Knuffle Bunny childrens book is an adorable read for children. My grandchildren loved the book, and not just the first time. The story kept their attention each time I read it. Ages of children 3 and 2.

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  • Posted February 10, 2010

    book review

    This book is a fun read for children between the ages of 4 to 8. The cartoon characters with "real life" background scenes make the book more interesting. I love the contrast of the black and white background scenes to the colorful cartoon characters. The story line is one event that every parent will probably experience in their lifetime with their kids; making it more comical. The author makes the book authentic with a modern day twist. The unique drawings of the character make this book standout. I would definitely recommend this book for any child.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2010

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    funny book

    A funny book for kids! They will love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2009

    Where is your Knuffle Bunny?

    My duaghter had a blanket bunny as a small child. It was misplaced a few times. Her reaction was very similar to the child's in this story. The art greatly depicts the reactions of a father trying to understand the language of a young child. Knuffle Bunny is a delightful story that brings tears every time I read it. If you had or know someone who had/has a "knuffle" bunny this story is a must.

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  • Posted April 15, 2009

    LOL Hilarious

    My sister received this book for Easter, and even though she's five and I'm eight years older than she is, I found myself laughing hysterically. It really is one of those books that is for people of all ages. I really hope she gets Knuffle Bunny Too :D.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2009

    A child's favorite

    I gave this book and the stuffed Knuffle Bunny to my 14-month-old niece who loves the story and all the pictures. My sister has to read it multiple times to my niece, and I'm told it's her favorite story. She also finds the stuffed Knuffle Bunny to hold when the story is being read to her.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

    A favourite!

    My 5 yo and I love this book! The story and illustrations are entertaining for both child and adult. A must for Moe Willems fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2009

    Engaging

    For any kid that sleeps with a stuffed toy. My grandsons both have a little sleepy toy and this book was very real to their own experience. I was able to buy the "Snuffle Bunny" stuffed toy at B&N to accompany the book and that made the experience even more enjoyable. The kids loved the story. They were so wrapped up in the story. It was like a mystery to solve.

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  • Posted October 21, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    Knuffle Bunny

    Trixie loves her Knuffle Bunny and how! Oh-oh, Knuffle Bunny is missing. I tried to tell you, Dad. Warm, wonderful story and artwork. A winner!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2008

    A reviewer

    What could go wrong when a dad and his daughter run an errand together, a lot. In this funny story Trixie has a favorite toy, Knuffle Bunny, which she leaves at the laudormat. As dad is going back home Trixie tries to tell her dad that her toy is missing but he cannot understand her. Upon returning home, mom asks where Knuffle Bunny is and now they must find it to make Trixie happy. Will they find Knuffle Bunny you must read to find out. This is a fun story that will make you laugh out loud. The illustrations are unique with Trxies showing so many facial expressions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2008

    One of the best newer children's authors

    Get this book for yourself, even if you have no kids. It is a beautifully written story that perfectly captures a moment in a child's life that anyone can relate to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2007

    Knuffle Bunny

    This book is a fantasy fiction tale of a girl named Trixie that goes to the Laundromat with her dad and on the way home she realizes that she lost her toy. She tries to tell her dad but he cannot understand her until they get home. Does Trixie found her toy? Read to find out!The reading level for this book is ages 4-8. Willems, Mo. Knuffle Bunny. New York: Hyperion. 2004.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2006

    Outstanding Picture Book

    This book is wonderful. I really enjoyed the combination of black and white photos of Brooklyn, NY with cartoon drawings. The way the cartoon characters interacted with the photos was ingenious. And my favorite part of the illustrations was the characters¿ expressions. You could just look at Trixie and know what she was thinking. The story is one that young children will love. Trixie and her father take a trip to the Laundromat. They leave something really important there. It¿s a short tale, but a very enjoyable one. Young children will really identify with Trixie and understand the importance of a favorite toy. Also, very observant children will see what is left behind as they are leaving the Laundromat. I give this book 5 stars.

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