The Easter Bunny's Assistant

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Easter? I’m so excited!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Using exuberant characters and polished comedic timing, Thomas (Is Everyone Ready for Fun?) gives the Easter bunny an unusual assistant—Skunk. Skunk is excited to help decorate Easter eggs, and when Skunk gets excited, he gets stinky. Thomas’s familiar brand of chunky cartooning, outlined in thick black lines, stands out against solid backgrounds. The Easter bunny is forgiving at first, telling Skunk, “Please try to control yourself,” but resorts to pushing him out of the room before they eventually reconcile (with help from a clothespin). Skunk’s enthusiasm is contagious, and readers will be giggling at the stench-themed humor and the Easter bunny’s outsize reactions. Ages 2–5. (Feb.)
New York Times Book Review
Praise for What Will Fat Cat Sit On?: “Fun to read aloud, it would also make an effective early reader for preschoolers.”
Children's Literature - JoAn Watson Martin
Can you imagine? An Easter bunny chooses a skunk for his assistant? Young readers will turn the pages eagerly to see what disaster is ahead with such an off-the-wall helper. First off, the skunk lets off an obnoxious odor when he gets excited. Boiling eggs is exciting and mixing the dye is more exciting. Eventually the bunny realizes he must push the skunk, his stinky assistant, out the door. After all five steps in coloring Easter eggs are completed, the big question arises: should the bunny allow that skunk that knocks on the window to help hide the Easter eggs? With few words but gigantic colorful pictures, the novice reader can follow the steps for preparing beautiful eggs. The publishers offer a disclaimer to protect the writer from being liable for any accidents while making Easter eggs. Jan Thomas' delightful drawings portray this Easter tale with clarity and humor. Reviewer: JoAn Watson Martin
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Large, simple cartoons in bright colors will draw in youngsters to meet the Easter Bunny's eager new assistant—a skunk. Unfortunately, the excitement of boiling eggs, creating dyes, and decorating them all cause Skunk to release his signature odor. The Easter Bunny forces him to watch from outside, then asks readers if the assistant should be allowed to help hide eggs. The final scene shows a grinning skunk with an egg-filled basket, although the wise rabbit's nose is now secured with a clothespin. Thomas provides a brief how-to on egg decorating, including skunk removal. This unique and humorous book will surely entertain kids—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
Kirkus Reviews
This super-simple story with bold, cartoon-style illustrations features just two characters, the Easter Bunny and a skunk, and one joke: The overly enthusiastic skunk can't control his excitement, leading repeatedly to unpleasantly odiferous results. The Easter Bunny clearly explains the process for dyeing Easter eggs, with a few numbered steps and easy instructions in speech balloons. The skunk releases his stench at each step until the Easter Bunny sends him outside. After pleading to be reinstated as the Easter Bunny's assistant, the skunk is allowed to help deliver the finished eggs, but the bunny has protected himself with a clothespin on his nose. The story isn't much; all the fun is in Thomas' cleverly rendered facial expressions, body language and Saturday-morning-cartoon pacing. The simple plot and bold, heavily outlined illustrations, as well as the stinky-funny humor will appeal to kids in the early elementary grades as well as to older children with limited reading ability. The directions for making Easter eggs are repeated in numbered format on the last spread. An amusing approach to a popular springtime craft, presented with a spray of not-so-subtle humor. (Picture book. 4-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061692864
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/24/2012
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 139,682
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    My kids love this book (perhaps a bit too much!). This is one e

    My kids love this book (perhaps a bit too much!). This is one enthusiastic skunk! Doesn't the Easter Bunny have enough on his hands? Another great book by my favorite picture book author/illustrator.

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