Little Bunny Foo Foo: The Real Story

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Finally, the real Little Bunny Foo Foo song can be sung. You see, Little Bunny Foo Foo was provoked into bopping those field mice on the head after they stole her freshly baked cupcakes! And the so-called "good" fairy? Well, let's just say she was spotted accepting a sweetly frosted bribe or two. Adorable art, irreverent humor, and a deliciously satisfying surprise ending - Cori Doerrfeld has given this classic song an irresistible modern twist.

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Overview

Finally, the real Little Bunny Foo Foo song can be sung. You see, Little Bunny Foo Foo was provoked into bopping those field mice on the head after they stole her freshly baked cupcakes! And the so-called "good" fairy? Well, let's just say she was spotted accepting a sweetly frosted bribe or two. Adorable art, irreverent humor, and a deliciously satisfying surprise ending - Cori Doerrfeld has given this classic song an irresistible modern twist.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
What if Little Bunny Foo Foo was really the victim, driven to head-bopping by larcenous field mice (and some coconspirators from other species) who keep stealing her cupcakes? The Good Fairy would look pretty clueless, wouldn’t she? It’s a funny conceit, and the right pieces are in place: the contrast between the idyllic forest setting, painted in cheery pastel colors, and Little Bunny’s growing anger; the satisfying comeuppance for the sanctimonious fairy (spoiler alert: recall that Little Bunny Foo Foo is changed into a monster—and in these pages, she’s a ravenous one). For the most part, Doerrfeld (Penny Loves Pink) sticks to the poem’s familiar language, turning it into a story of misplaced blame. But the flattened rendering style tends to blunt the characters’ comic edge, and the single, stage-like perspective that dominates the compositions actually makes it harder to take in all the action. While readers will empathize with Little Bunny Foo Foo’s frustration, all of the characters are pretty unpleasant in one way or another, and the fractured fairy tale sensibility never really takes off. Ages 3–5. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - Marcie Flinchum Atkins
The familiar rhyme of "Little Bunny Foo Foo" is the basis for this hilarious tale, but of course, it comes with a twist. The story starts out just like the rhyme: Little Bunny Foo Foo is hopping through the forest, scooping up the field mice and bopping them on the head. However, the pictures reveal why Little Bunny Foo Foo is bopping them on the head—they have cupcakes and she wants them. She gathers up the cupcakes and puts them in her basket. The Good Fairy comes down, fusses at her and threatens to turn her into a monster if she does not leave the field mice alone. While she is being reprimanded, the birds pluck the cupcakes out of Bunny Foo Foo's basket. Once the fairy is gone, Little Bunny Foo Foo is back to her regular shenanigans—scooping up the field mice and bopping them on the head. After the Good Fairy catches her a third time, Bunny gets turned into a big creature. The big creature gobbles up Good Fairy and Bunny Foo Foo, still as a big creature, gets to eat cupcakes like she had been planning to do all along. This picture book does what great picture books do best—tell so much of the story in the illustrations. The cupcake plot twist is only told through pictures, so the reader feels like they are being let in on a secret. A deviously, hilarious read! Reviewer: Marcie Flinchum Atkins
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Unlike in the original rhyme, there is a reason here for Little Bunny Foo Foo's pursuit. She is bopping mice on the head with a spatula because they are stealing her cupcakes. The Good Fairy appears and gives her a warning: stop hurting the mice or be turned into a monster. The mice keep filching the goodies so Bunny keeps bopping. The Fairy returns for a second warning. Bunny is crazed by now, but the mice are still getting the cupcakes. When the Fairy returns for the third time, she zaps Bunny into a big monster. It eats the Fairy, "who tasted very good indeed." End of story: no pun, no moral. The acrylic illustrations show the bunny wearing a red jumper and walking on two feet. Her head is oversize, and she gets angrier and scarier, with an even larger head, eyes, and teeth, as the story progresses. This book twists an already violent rhyme into new disturbing directions.—Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI
Kirkus Reviews
Ever a guilty pleasure anyway, the popular but violent preschool hand rhyme takes a gothic turn in this startling iteration. Doerrfeld concocts an oh-so-sweet visual story line for the lyric, setting a snub-nosed, big-eyed bunny baker off in pursuit of a crew of cute little cupcake rustlers. At first Little Bunny delivers only gentle cuffs with her oven mitt as she recovers the cupcakes, and she shows remorse when the pink-haired, pink-cheeked Good Fairy descends to warn that she'll be turned into a monster if she keeps it up. But as the mice, joined by several birds and squirrels, continue to snatch bites, Foo Foo's mild annoyance intensifies to such outright rage that the climactic transformation definitely turns out to be a tactical mistake on the Good Fairy's part. Bright, simply painted pictures set the chase on a pleasant sward with an open, woodsy backdrop populated by relentlessly adorable little creatures, none of whom appear to be more than momentarily discomforted by all that bopping. Never have expectations been more thoroughly set up, and then gleefully confounded. (Picture book. 4-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803734708
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/19/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 179,867
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Lexile: AD500L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Cori Doerrfeld (www.coridoerrfeld.com) lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2012

    great book for children!

    Just like the preschooler song, this book is perfect for children & their parents! What fun-let the kids do the handsignals as you read. Loved it!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 18, 2012

    This is a very fun take on the classic preschooler song. Do keep

    This is a very fun take on the classic preschooler song. Do keep in mind, that there is a twist at the end and that the "good" fairy doesn't meet the nicest of ends!

    The illustrations are what make this book truly worth buying. Very eye catching and imaginative. Truly striking. 

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