Listen, Buddy

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"…this sprightly paced tale amiably nudges kids whose direction-following skills need some honing." —Publishers Weekly

"Buddy’s father had a beautiful big nose. He was a great sniffer. Buddy’s mother had beautiful big teeth. She was a great chomper. Buddy had beautiful big ears. It didn’t matter." When someone says squash, Buddy hears wash. Tomatoes, you say? He buys potatoes. One day—because he didn’t listen—Buddy accidentally ends up at Scruffy Varmint’s scary cave. Unfortunately, he doesn’t listen to Scruffy, either…and almost ends up as bunny ...

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Overview

"…this sprightly paced tale amiably nudges kids whose direction-following skills need some honing." —Publishers Weekly

"Buddy’s father had a beautiful big nose. He was a great sniffer. Buddy’s mother had beautiful big teeth. She was a great chomper. Buddy had beautiful big ears. It didn’t matter." When someone says squash, Buddy hears wash. Tomatoes, you say? He buys potatoes. One day—because he didn’t listen—Buddy accidentally ends up at Scruffy Varmint’s scary cave. Unfortunately, he doesn’t listen to Scruffy, either…and almost ends up as bunny stew! This delightful cautionary tale is now part of a fun, 8" x 8" hardcover series about life lessons.

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A lop-eared rabbit named Buddy finds himself in trouble with the Scruffy Varmint because he never listens.

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"Kids will enjoy the slapstick and the word jokes. Munsinger's joyful watercolors extend the farce of the disaster scenarios."—Booklist, ALA
 
 
 
Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Buddy has big, beautiful ears, but he does not use them to listen accurately. He comes home from his errand to the vegetable stand with a basket of wash instead of a basket of squash; he buys fifteen potatoes instead of fifteen tomatoes; and he hands his father a hen instead of a pen. His parents’ constant request to “Listen, Buddy” goes unheeded. On the day that Buddy asks for permission to go on a long hop, his parents warn him about turning left at the fork in the road to avoid an encounter with Scruffy Varmint. Buddy does not hear them and hops right up to the varmint’s cave. Buddy offers to help Scruffy Varmint with his preparations for soup, not realizing that he is the intended main ingredient! Buddy hands Varmint briarwood instead of firewood, flowers instead of flour, and five inches of salt instead of five pinches. After all the confusing components have been added to the pot, Buddy obligingly throws the mixture in the fire when asked to “put the soup on the fire.” The angry varmint howls, “I will have bunny rabbit soup.” Buddy listens that time, and he hops home faster than he has ever moved in his life. From then on, Bunny listens! The attractive watercolor illustrations give personality to the characters and add to the humor. This is a fun choice for story time. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.; Ages 6 to 9.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
His ears are enormous, but listening is not the forte of a bunny named Buddy. And his misinterpretations of his parents's requests make for the sort of silly confusion that youngsters love: when his father asks for a pen, Buddy drags in a disgruntled hen; instead of the slice of bread his mother wants, Buddy turns up with the sawed-off headboard from a bed. Taking his first solo "long hop," Buddy forgets whether he is supposed to take a left or a right when the road forks. He selects the wrong route, of course, and ends up at the cave of the Scruffy Varmint, where he unleashes merry mayhem in trying to help that cranky creature cook soup. After the varmint decides that he'd rather eat stew made from "the Bunnyrabbit who never listens," Buddy hears him loud and clear. If lacking the all-out pizazz of Lester and Munsinger's Tacky the Penguin, this sprightly paced tale amiably nudges kids whose direction-following skills need some honing. Munsinger's watercolors-and Buddy's comical expressions in particular-are characteristically entertaining. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
PreS-K-There is a lovely, subtle message here for young children. Buddy is a rabbit whose father has a big nose-he is a great sniffer; whose mother has beautiful teeth-she is a great chomper. Buddy has beautiful, big lop-ears, but he mishears everything his parents say to him, including their directions for his first long hop-solo. Instead of the path to the left and the pond, he takes the path to the right straight to the cave of Scruffy Varmint. In a chuckle-inducing episode, Scruffy directs Buddy to gather ingredients to make soup and the young rabbit's faulty hearing serves him well, although he barely escapes becoming the main ingredient himself. Safely home, Buddy's listening skills are greatly improved. Expressive drawings convey the perplexity of parents weary of reminding a child to listen and extend the text with humorous asides. Sure to bring laughs at story time.-Virginia Opocensky, formerly at Lincoln City Libraries, NE
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780544003224
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 7/9/2013
  • Series: Laugh-Along Lessons Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 68,599
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger have been together through thick and thin since first publishing The Wizard, the Fairy, and the Magic Chicken in 1983. They have collaborated on the hilarious Tacky the Penguin series and many other wildly funny and popular titles, including the award-winning Hooway for Wodney Wat . Helen Lester is a full-time writer who makes her home in New York, and Lynn Munsinger is a full-time illustrator living in Vermont.

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  • Posted July 11, 2009

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    Listen Buddy Can Make Your Students Listen

    I bought this book for a student teacher to help build her personal collection of classroom books. Listen Buddy can be used for any grade level. I use it every year as part of discussing how important listening is in school and in life. In the story, Buddy has big beautiful ears that he does not use much for listening. This gets him into some trouble at home, but when he ventures out on his own one day, they get him into a dangerous situation. The story has a lot of humor, but children can easily see how not listening could result in trouble. The book lends itself to using voices and the language is fun. This book is one of my favorites, and I recommend it to everyone who has or works with children.

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