PreS-Gr 3-A realistic, entertaining school story about the value of listening. Harry is a wiggly child who never pays attention in class, so when Ms. Finch reads the spring play, Bunny Business, aloud and asks him what part he would like, he can't answer and is assigned the role of Funny Bunny. At a rehearsal, George, who is playing the lead, says that Harry will spoil the play. When the children make bunny ears (directions included on the last page), Harry's mind is somewhere else again, and the ears he constructs are huge, floppy, and funny looking. Embarrassed, he decides to listen better and ends up learning everyone's part by heart. On the day of the play, the star gets stage fright and Harry saves the production by filling in for him. The cartoon illustrations are brightly colored in gouache and portray an inviting and cheerful classroom. This spring story will appeal to most children, who probably know someone just like Harry.-Janet M. Bair, Trumbull Library, CT Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Harry is sharp, but easily distracted. So when it's time for his teacher to assign parts in the class's spring play, Harry is a natural for Funny Bunny. But after a classmate complains that Harry will spoil the play and Harry follows that complaint up by making his bunny ears incorrectly, he decides to focus. He learns everyone's lines in the play and is able to come to the rescue when George, the complainer, freezes at the opening performance. Poydar's (Rhyme Time Valentine, 2002, etc.) illustrations are brilliantly colored and detailed, showing the children's rosy cheeks, their often garishly busy clothing, and the various items that fill (or is that clutter?) a typical elementary-school classroom. Harry's classmates' irritation at his boisterousness is believable and humorously illustrated; his desire to prove himself, realistic. The story is relatively slight, to be sure, but also reassuringly comfortable in its setting and tone and sharply attuned in its depiction of Harry's short attention span. Teachers and librarians looking for a new story for spring will be pleased to find this one on the shelf. The final page provides the directions for making "correct" bunny ears and the challenge to try to make Harry's incorrect pair. (Picture book. 5-8)