Listen, Buddy
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Listen, Buddy

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by Helen Lester, Lynn Munsinger
     
 

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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. Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger have created eight children's books together. Munsinger's unparalleled animal characters and Lester's hysterical text have joined together to create another

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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. Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger have created eight children's books together. Munsinger's unparalleled animal characters and Lester's hysterical text have joined together to create another silly tale about a bunny who just can't seem to listen.

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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:
07/09/2013
Series:
Laugh-Along Lessons Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
70,878
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.34(d)
Lexile:
520L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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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      

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