Although this minimalist, paper-over-board story lacks the flourish and sassy protagonists of Dewdney's Llama Llama books, it delivers a similar bid for good behavior. At the start, three bunnies play together peacefully: "Every little bunny's good. They mostly do the things they should." Mostlyis right. One bunny's truck breaks, setting off a chain reaction of naughty behavior as he grabs a playmate's toy, which elicits a kick from the third. The middle scenario shows bunnies at snack time, exhibiting less than exemplary manners; unlike many books on manners, this one succeeds in making the wayward models look generally miserable in their misdeeds and not like pint-size folk heroes. The concluding section reveals much happier bunnies following the rules, sharing and being polite, for which they receive a sugary final accolade ("That's my bunny! Good for you!"). Depicted against a white background, Dewdney's cheerfully clad characters act out a range of strong emotions, making an age-appropriate case that feelings are both a cause and an effect of individual behavior. Ages 2-up. (Jan.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Nobunny's Perfectby Anna Dewdney
In simple sentences and sweet illustrations, Nobunny’s Perfect is an ideal introduction to behavior that young children will understand and enjoy. And, most importantly, it will make a bunny proud to be the best bunny he can be!
This manual of good behavior is disguised as a tale of good and bad bunnies, told in rhymed couplets set in large, readable type. "Every little bunny's good." But sometimes they are bad; they grab, they hit, they scream, they spit, etc. But of course, "this isn't YOU." What follows is a series of the good behaviors practiced by good bunnies, from being nice to friends to waiting in line and sharing. The sweet watercolors are limited to pictures of appealing anthropomorphic bunnies acting out the text, although simple, black outlined paintings make the emotions graphically effective. Rudeness is visualized with a stuck-out tongue; a bunny grabbing and clutching a toy exemplifies selfishness; giving a hug when someone cries is good. It is reassuring for the young reader to see that "bunnies" have times when they are "bad," and to see how they can be "good" as well. Note the carrots for good bunnies on the endpapers and the cloth spine. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Bunnies exhibiting human behaviors demonstrate how feeling "sad" or "mad" can lead to bad behavior. They may grab, hit, kick, slurp, scream, shout, burp, or fight. The same youngsters replace their rude actions with positive ones. "Good bunnies try/to do what's right./They use their words./They NEVER bite." They say please, do not tease, follow rules, and give hugs. Dewdney's straightforward text, written in short sentences and rhyme, flows well. Full-color artwork effectively captures the facial expressions, conveys the bunnies' changing emotions, and re-creates the activity described in the text. This simple story would be useful to teachers and parents wanting to explore appropriate and inappropriate behavior.-Lynn K. Vanca, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Richfield, OH
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