Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity

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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!

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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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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.
From the Publisher
In this sympathetic sequel to Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, former toddler Trixie gains verbal dexterity and still treasures her rag doll, Knuffle Bunny. Tugging her gangly, red-haired father along the sidewalk, she hurries to her preschool's show-and-tell, eager to show off her pale-green, floppy rabbit. "But just as her daddy kissed her good-bye, Trixie saw Sonja." No words need explain Trixie's distressed expression, because a turn of the page says it all: Trixie's classmate, with a wicked smirk, is clutching a bunny of her own. "Suddenly, Trixie's one-of-a-kind Knuffle Bunny wasn't so one-of-a-kind anymore." Each girl hugs her rabbit, with Trixie insisting, "Kuh-nuffle! Kuh-nuffle!" and Sonja retorting, "Nuffle! Nuffle!" Their teacher raises an eyebrow and puts both rabbits in time-out until the end of the day. Willems expertly sets up this case of mistaken identity, as each girl accidentally brings home the wrong bunny, and a late-night exchange is needed to resolve the girls' dilemma. As in the first book, Willems creates comic-book-style panels, with grayscale photographs of Brooklyn as backgrounds for his color-illustrated characters; insiders will recognize allusions to past Willems titles too. In a satisfying resolution, Trixie and Sonja become best friends, demonstrating that two or more children can enjoy similar toys. Not a word or image feels out of place.—PW

It was inevitable: since those fi8rst words triggered by her joyful reunion with Knuffle Bunny (Knuffle Bunny, BCCB 10/04), Trixie has learned to talk . . . and talk, and talk, and talk. She's eager to show her one-of-a-kind bunny to her classmates in preschool, until she sees Sonja has her own, nearly identical Knuffle Bunny. The girls argue and get their best friends taken away by the teacher, and there's a tragic mix-up upon their return at the end of the day. Unfortunately, while these girls can talk, they cant' tell time, and when they each discover the mistake in the wee hours of the morning, their beleaguered fathers have no choice but to venture out into the New York night to make the exchange. Willems manages pitch-perfect humor with his usual dexterity as he moves up and down the scales here-this story is as funny for grownups as it is for the slightly older elementary students to whom it seems best suited, and yet it remains sympathetic to listeners who are Trixie's age and have shared her predicament as well. The book mines humor from film noir conventions by casting a falsely sinister complexion over the mistaken identity and the nocturnal exchange, a tone that brings new significance to the black-and-white photographic backdrops behind the lively scrawled figures, while the epilogue brings viewers right back to bleary real life with the young and feckless. Yet another layered and effective work from Willems, this joyously continues his string of uncontested successes. KC—BCCB

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.—Kirkus

Knuffle Bunny returns, but this time he has a doppelganger. Trixie is off to school, and things are going well enough-until she notices that Sonja is holding her own Knuffle Bunny. Arrgh! The afternoon results in dueling bunnies, which are confiscated by the teacher. Happily, they are returned at the end of the day, but at 2:30 a.m. realization hits: the bunny Trixie is sleeping with is not her own. Despite parental protestations, phone calls are placed, bunnies are exchanged, and the girls, bonded during the trauma, become best friends. This has much of the charm of Knuffle Bunny (2004), a Caldecott Honor Book, but the premise is stretched here: the middle-of-the-night meeting is energetic, but it seems overplayed. As in the previous title, the slice-of-life artwork is smashing. Willem's cartoon-style art, set against crisp black-and-white photos of New York City interiors and exteriors, catches every bit of the plentiful emotion. Keen-eyed kids will have fun keeping track of the Knuffle Bunny as he's lost, then found again.—Booklist

This second book starring Trixie, her parents, and her best stuffed-animal friend (Knuffle Bunny, rev. 9/04) touches on situations and emotions immediately familiar to small children and their grownup caregivers. Trixie (older now, and a whole lot more verbal than when we first met her) can't wait to share her "one-of-a-kind" Knuffle Bunny with her preschool friends. But when she spots classmate Sonja with a Knuffle Bunny look-alike (Sonja calls hers "Nuffle"), "the morning [does] not go well." The girls fight, and the bunnies are confiscated for the day. When it's time to go home, their teacher reunites each girl with her toy...or so it seems. An urgent middle-of-the-night phone call ("We have your bunny") and an emergency rabbit exchange restore order and provide Trixie with her first human best friend. Willems's page design and animation-inspired panel illustrations are just as visually dynamic as in the first book. As before, colorful cartoon-style characters are set against black-and-white photographs of an urban neighborhood. While the text winks above children's heads a couple of times, most young listeners will be so engaged in the drama that they'll care as little as Trixie does about such technicalities as "what 2:30 a.m.' means." Who needs sleep at a time like this?—Horn Book

When Trixie and her beloved Knuffle Bunny go to preschool, Trixie is shocked to learn that her bunny is not entirely unique in the world. Indeed, classmate Sonja has one, too! An argument ensues over the pronunciation of the bunny's name ("Kuh-nuffle," insists Trixie. "Nuffle," replies Sonja), and the teacher confiscates both bunnies, returning them at the end of the day. Trixie's blissful reunion comes to a dramatic conclusion at 2:30 a.m. when she awakens to the horrifying fact that this " is NOT Knuffle Bunny." In an unspeakable error, the stuffed animals have been switched. And both girls expect the mistake to be corrected immediately. Fans will not be surprised that daddy and Trixie venture into the Brooklyn night to meet Sonja and her dad for the rapturous exchange and a final hug that presages friendship between the girls. As readers have come to expect of Willems, his understated text is brief and the visual storytelling is hilariously eloquent. He masterfully employs the technique of setting his vivid, hand-drawn characters against photographs of neighborhood, school, and even (in an exquisite page turn) the beautifully up-lit Grand Army Plaza at night. In both photographs and cartoons there is expansively witty detail, and it will take a keen observer to distinguish between the "twin" bunnies (and to find the famous pigeon). Irresistibly funny, tender, and universal, this is another consummate star turn for Trixie, daddy, bunny, and their creator.—SLJ

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: 33,401
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD690L (what's this?)
  • 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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