Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity

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Overview

Trixie can't wait to bring her one-of-a-kind Knuffle Bunny to school and show him off to everyone. But when she gets there, she sees something awful: Sonja has the same bunny. Suddenly, Knuffle Bunny doesn't seem so one-of-a-kind anymore. Chaos ensues until the bunnies are taken away by Ms. Greengrove. After school, Trixie finally gets her beloved bunny back. But in the middle of the night, Trixie realizes something. She has the wrong bunny!

Daddy comes to the rescue again as a ...

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Overview

Trixie can't wait to bring her one-of-a-kind Knuffle Bunny to school and show him off to everyone. But when she gets there, she sees something awful: Sonja has the same bunny. Suddenly, Knuffle Bunny doesn't seem so one-of-a-kind anymore. Chaos ensues until the bunnies are taken away by Ms. Greengrove. After school, Trixie finally gets her beloved bunny back. But in the middle of the night, Trixie realizes something. She has the wrong bunny!

Daddy comes to the rescue again as a midnight swap is arranged with the other bunny, the other little girl, and the other daddy. Needless to say, the daddies are not very happy. By the end of the story Trixie has her beloved bunny back, but she has also gained something new: her very first best friend.

In the tradition of the Caldecott Honor-winner KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY TALE, this is another heartfelt, hilarious picture book that children (and their parents) will love.

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Editorial Reviews

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In primary school, every day is show-and-tell day. On this sunny day, Trixie is certain that she has the best in show: a brand-new, one-of-a-kind Knuffle Bunny! But wait -- somebody else in her class is toting an apparently identical rabbit. Thus begins the emotional, ultimately entertaining follow-up to Mo Willems's Caldecott Honor book, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale.
Leonard S. Marcus
Willems has a brilliant knack for exposing early childhood's developmental pivot points, and for lampooning the best efforts of today's hip but hapless parents to do the right thing. In the artist's computer-manipulated graphics, manically wired and warmhearted cartoon characters rendered in color play out their workaday dramas against a backdrop of black-and-white photographs of neighborhood streets and interiors. Beyond the novelty of the special effect lies the stirring truth that the city that never sleeps is a self-regenerating, nonstop theater of becoming, a place where on any given day, amid huge skyscrapers and venerable brownstone blocks, two new friends may decide to draw their own favorite bunnies on the nearest sidewalk for all the world to see.
—The New York Times
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Mo Willems' sequel to his Caldecott Honor book, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, continues the saga of the aggressively in-charge preschooler Trixie, her (formerly) unique stuffed rabbit, and Daddy, her parental slave. It also gives Willems the opportunity to once again apply his mixed-media illustration technique, melding ink sketches, photography, and digital coloring to interesting effect. This reissue comes courtesy of the book's new packaging with the addition of a read-along CD. Normally such instant babysitters create a certain leeriness in the reviewer. Isn't the entire point of picture books to create a warm and fuzzy bond between toddler and parent/caretaker? However, this superbly professional rendition by the venerable Weston Woods folks adds a delightful soundtrack, not to mention a reading of the text performed by the whole Willems family (twice, as it were, with—and without—page-turn signals), plus an extra track interview with Mo Willems himself. Suddenly, the package becomes irresistible. Reviewer: Kathleen Karr
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Mo Willems's warm, child-friendly sequel (Hyperion, 2007) to his Caldecott Honor book Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale (Hyperion, 2004; Weston Woods, 2006), is well-treated in this excellent production. When Trixie brings Knuffle Bunny to school and discovers that someone else in the class has the same bunny, chaos ensues, but in the end Trixie gains a new best friend. Willem's simple characters are fully animated against his static digitally-manipulated black-and-white photograph backgrounds. The bright colors of the cartoon-like characters stand out against the intricate yet muted photographs, creating an interesting blend of fiction and reality, with the story clearly taking the lead role. Willems, as well as his wife and daughter, provide the voices for the main characters. Some additional dialogue has been added to the story, as well as comments between father and daughter highlighting introductory artwork, endpapers, and the back cover illustration. Jazzy background music adds to the mix. Read-along subtitles are optional. A ten-minute interview with the author, excerpted from a longer one found on Getting to Know Mo Willems (Weston Woods, 2009), provides insights into his writing and illustrating processes and a clear vision of his connection with young children. This delightful production, full of energy and fun, will resonate with viewers.—Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary School, Federal Way, WA
Kirkus Reviews
Trixie knows that she will wow all the kids at Pre-K with her "one-of-a-kind" toy, but she doesn't reckon on Sonja, who arrives with her own Knuffle Bunny-and the morning does "not go well." The two bunnies are confiscated and returned at the end of the day, but neither girl notices that they've been swapped, until the wee hours of the morning. Willems revisits his black-and-white Brooklyn, his now-signature cartoon characters superimposed on the photographs. This technique here yields some spectacular results: The middle-of-the-night hostage exchange features a glorious image of the Manhattan skyline, the teeny figures of Trixie and her daddy and Sonja and her daddy approaching from opposite sides of Grand Army Plaza. His mastery of pacing is evident in every panel and page turn, the understated text punctuating the illustrations perfectly, and his use of the conventions of cartooning add to the hilarity. Too often, sequels come off as obviously calculated attempts to cash in on success; this offering, with its technical brilliance and its total and sympathetic understanding of the psychology of the preschooler, stands as magnificent in its own right. (Picture book. 3-8)
Children's Literature - Joan Kindig
Trixie is a bit older in this next Knuffle Bunny installment and she has taken to talking like a duck to water. Trixie talks her Daddy's ear off on their way to Pre-K about sharing her one-of-a-kind stuffed animal with her classmates. But when she arrives she finds that Sonia has the exact same stuffed animal. Knuffle Bunny is not as one-of-a-kind as she thought and she holds Sonia personally responsible for this. Trixie and Sonia trade barbs all morning until their teacher takes both bunnies away until the end of the day. Late that night Trixie awakens with the realization that the bunny she is sleeping with is not HER bunny. A clandestine meeting follows a late night phone call between the respective dads and the bunnies are successfully exchanged. The next morning all is forgotten and the girls are best friends forever. Just as in the first Knuffle Bunny, animation is overlaid on photographs of Brooklyn where the story is set. The result makes the characters take center stage. Willems does a superb job moving this book to DVD and his narration shared with the real Trixie is a delight to listen to. All in all, this is a must have for the classroom. Children who love the books will love the DVD and beg to watch it again and again. An interview with the author is included as is a read along feature for those who choose it. Animated, Running Time: 11 minutes Reviewer: Joan Kindig, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423102991
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 9/4/2007
  • Series: Knuffle Bunny Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 33,865
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 12.50 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Mo Willems

Mo Willems is the author of groundbreaking picture books, including; Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale (Caldecott Honor winner 2004); Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (Caldecott Honor winner 2003); Don't Let the Pigeon Stay up Late!; The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!; Time to Say "Please"!; Leonardo, the Terrible Monster; and Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct.

In his previous life, Mo was a six-time Emmy Award winning writer and animator for Sesame Street and the creator of Cartoon Network's Sheep in the Big City. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

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  • Posted October 19, 2010

    C7 Book Review

    Knuffel Bunny Too is fascinating, extremely awesome, and 100,000% funny! In this book Trixie and Sonia's bunnies get mixed up, but they don't know until midnight! It is extremely awesome when Trixie talks so much that she drives her dad CRAZY! The illustrations are funny because of the eyes. Kids who read this book will never take their toys to school EVER AGAIN (except pre-school)!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    One of my favorites!

    Mo Willems is one of my favorite children's book authors. After "Knuffle Bunny" - A Cautionary Tale, I didn't think he could get better, but I love, love, love, Knuffle Bunny Too. I collect Children's book, because I am an aspiring children's writer, and I simply love this genre, (He is indeed one of the more talented and creative author/illustrators). But this story reminded me so much of myself and my best friend, so when after I bought one for my two-yr-old, who practically knows this story by heart now, I went back and bought another for my best friend on her 40th birthday - she loved it too!

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  • Posted September 19, 2009

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    Loved It

    This is truly a delightful story. Anyone with children will relate to the depths parents will go, to make their kids happy. Very fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2009

    Making new friends

    I really like this book and the first one. It's amazing and often silly, the things mom and dads will do for their little ones. Going to school for the first time is a BIG deal and full of surprises.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2009

    This is a really good book

    We have the first book of Knuffle Bunny. It is really cute.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2007

    Awesome

    I loved this book it was the best Mo has ever written.'next to the original Knuffle Bunny'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2007

    Truly delightful

    This sequel to the original Knuffle Bunny book should be on every child's (and a few adult's!) bookshelf. A delight for the reader as well as the one being read to, no parent could fail to recognize themselves and their child in the 2am crisis this story milks for all it's worth. And yes, I got mre than a little teary at the end. Thank you, Mo Willems, for capturing the special moments of childhood.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2007

    reading again & again is a pleasure

    I picked this up at the book fair in Brooklyn a couple of weeks ago. I love this book and have repeatedly read it to my two year old daughter. The story is great because it combines going to school, friends, love object, parent¿s involvement and the desperation of sleeplessness in the face of emotional crisis revolving around the precious bunny. We live in the area that is illustrated so it adds to the joy. The book has humor for parents and we can all see our children and ourselves in the pages, which makes reading it over and over a pleasure.

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