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Peek-a-Boo Bunny

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Hop along with Bunny and play peek-a-boo in this gorgeous rhyming hide-and-seek adventure from author-illustrator Holly Surplice! Bunny is having such a wonderfully exciting time during his forest game of hide-and-seek that he manages to miss most of his friends' hiding places. Young readers will delight in spotting all the hiding places as they follow along with Bunny.

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Overview

Hop along with Bunny and play peek-a-boo in this gorgeous rhyming hide-and-seek adventure from author-illustrator Holly Surplice! Bunny is having such a wonderfully exciting time during his forest game of hide-and-seek that he manages to miss most of his friends' hiding places. Young readers will delight in spotting all the hiding places as they follow along with Bunny.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
11/11/2013
“Bunny’s with his friends today,/ and there’s one game they love to play!/ Bunny, Bunny, don’t you peek..../ Bunny, Bunny, hide and seek!” Unfortunately for Bunny, the rabbit is kind of terrible at seeking, racing past his hidden friends. Bunny’s friend Mole tries to keep up, pointing out the hidden animals Bunny has missed (in a fun reversal of the mole-with-poor-eyesight cliché). Readers can get in on the action, too, spotting the animals that peek from behind tree trunks and clusters of foliage; it’s not difficult to spot them, but Surplice’s mixed-media collages invite close study themselves. Her pale pastel backdrops feature heavily worked textures of plaster and paint, with a riot of vivid flowers and leaves incorporated digitally. The animals have plenty of personality, too, creating a mood of playful fun around the game; when Bunny nearly gives in to frustration at the end, his friends are there to boost his spirits. Surplice (About a Bear) offers a simple but energetic game of hide-and-seek, with buoyant visuals and rhymes. Ages 4–8. (Jan.)
School Library Journal
01/01/2014
PreS-Gr 1—Bunny and his friends play hide-and-seek in the forest. After covering his eyes and counting to 10, he hops off in search of Turtle, Bear, Hare, Owl, Squirrel, and Skunk. In distracted excitement, the rabbit peers into trees, sniffs on the ground, and completely overlooks somebody hiding right beside him: "Bunny hopping here and there…Bunny, Bunny misses Hare." A little black mole tries to point him in the right direction, but the preoccupied player doesn't catch the mole's hints. He starts to feel blue, not having any luck at the game, until his friends surprise him with a chorus of "PEEK-A-BOO!" The brief, rhyming text is bouncy and has a lively read-aloud appeal. Surplice's fetching collage and mixed-media illustrations have lots of colorful wildflower and woodland hiding places to explore. Toddlers will enjoy spotting the hidden animals before the bunny does.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-01-08
A gray rabbit plays hide-and-seek with his forest friends in this delightfully illustrated, simple story with a bouncy, rhyming text. Surrounded by delicate flowers, Bunny stares out from the cover illustration with a transfixed expression, foreshadowing his difficulty in playing the game effectively. As his friends hide, Bunny counts to 10, slyly peeking out from behind his paws. A little mole pops up to help Bunny, trying to point out the hiding characters during the ensuing search, but Bunny is so excited to be playing the game that he bounds right past the hiding places. Finally, Bunny slumps down under a tree, dejected—but on the final, joyous spread, the animal friends all jump out shouting, "PEEK-A-BOO!" Vibrant illustrations in mixed media and collage use stylized shapes for the animals against juicy lime and lavender backgrounds that burst with flowers, leaves and trees. The wildflowers and grasses often stretch across the foreground of a full spread in an impressionistic blur, complemented by delicate leaves that hang from the overarching boughs, together framing the animal action in a distinctive, theatrical way. Preschoolers who are just beginning to understand the game of hide-and-seek will find this irresistible. (Picture book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062242655
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/21/2014
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 518,210
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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