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Listen, Buddy
     

Listen, Buddy

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by Lynn Munsinger (Illustrator), Helen Lester
 

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A hilarious romp about a bunny who just can't seem to listen. He is constantly confusing instructions. For example, when his parents ask for a slice of bread, he saws off a piece of his bed. But everything changes when he takes a wrong turn and meets up with Scruffy Varmint. "Kids will enjoy the slapstick and the word jokes. Munsinger's joyful watercolors extend the

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A hilarious romp about a bunny who just can't seem to listen. He is constantly confusing instructions. For example, when his parents ask for a slice of bread, he saws off a piece of his bed. But everything changes when he takes a wrong turn and meets up with Scruffy Varmint. "Kids will enjoy the slapstick and the word jokes. Munsinger's joyful watercolors extend the farce of the disaster scenarios." -- Booklist

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
His ears are enormous, but listening is not the forte of a bunny named Buddy. And his misinterpretations of his parents's requests make for the sort of silly confusion that youngsters love: when his father asks for a pen, Buddy drags in a disgruntled hen; instead of the slice of bread his mother wants, Buddy turns up with the sawed-off headboard from a bed. Taking his first solo "long hop," Buddy forgets whether he is supposed to take a left or a right when the road forks. He selects the wrong route, of course, and ends up at the cave of the Scruffy Varmint, where he unleashes merry mayhem in trying to help that cranky creature cook soup. After the varmint decides that he'd rather eat stew made from "the Bunnyrabbit who never listens," Buddy hears him loud and clear. If lacking the all-out pizazz of Lester and Munsinger's Tacky the Penguin, this sprightly paced tale amiably nudges kids whose direction-following skills need some honing. Munsinger's watercolors-and Buddy's comical expressions in particular-are characteristically entertaining. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
PreS-K-There is a lovely, subtle message here for young children. Buddy is a rabbit whose father has a big nose-he is a great sniffer; whose mother has beautiful teeth-she is a great chomper. Buddy has beautiful, big lop-ears, but he mishears everything his parents say to him, including their directions for his first long hop-solo. Instead of the path to the left and the pond, he takes the path to the right straight to the cave of Scruffy Varmint. In a chuckle-inducing episode, Scruffy directs Buddy to gather ingredients to make soup and the young rabbit's faulty hearing serves him well, although he barely escapes becoming the main ingredient himself. Safely home, Buddy's listening skills are greatly improved. Expressive drawings convey the perplexity of parents weary of reminding a child to listen and extend the text with humorous asides. Sure to bring laughs at story time.-Virginia Opocensky, formerly at Lincoln City Libraries, NE
Hazel Rochman
Buddy is a daydreaming rabbit who never listens. When his mother asks for a basket of squash, he comes with a basket of wash. When his father asks for a pen, Buddy brings him a hen. One day Buddy meets the Scruffy Varmint monster, who nearly makes him into rabbit soup, but Buddy tricks and blunders his way out of trouble and wakes up to the world around him. Kids will enjoy the slapstick and the word jokes. Munsinger's joyful watercolors extend the farce of the disaster scenarios: in one wonderful scene we see that Buddy has sawed off a piece of bed when he's asked for a slice of bread. Use this with French's retelling of the old English folktale "Lazy Jack" , about a sleepy kid bewildered by adult instructions.
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"Kids will enjoy the slapstick and the word jokes. Munsinger's joyful watercolors extend the farce of the disaster scenarios." --Booklist, ALA
 
 
 
Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Buddy has big, beautiful ears, but he does not use them to listen accurately. He comes home from his errand to the vegetable stand with a basket of wash instead of a basket of squash; he buys fifteen potatoes instead of fifteen tomatoes; and he hands his father a hen instead of a pen. His parents’ constant request to “Listen, Buddy” goes unheeded. On the day that Buddy asks for permission to go on a long hop, his parents warn him about turning left at the fork in the road to avoid an encounter with Scruffy Varmint. Buddy does not hear them and hops right up to the varmint’s cave. Buddy offers to help Scruffy Varmint with his preparations for soup, not realizing that he is the intended main ingredient! Buddy hands Varmint briarwood instead of firewood, flowers instead of flour, and five inches of salt instead of five pinches. After all the confusing components have been added to the pot, Buddy obligingly throws the mixture in the fire when asked to “put the soup on the fire.” The angry varmint howls, “I will have bunny rabbit soup.” Buddy listens that time, and he hops home faster than he has ever moved in his life. From then on, Bunny listens! The attractive watercolor illustrations give personality to the characters and add to the humor. This is a fun choice for story time. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.; Ages 6 to 9.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395723616
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/28/1995
Edition description:
None
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.13(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author


Lynn Munsinger has illustrated more than ninety books for children, many written by her frequent collaborator, Helen Lester. She lives in Vermont.

Helen Lester has written many hilarious and popular picture books, including the Tacky the Penguin series and Hooway for Wodney Wat. She lives in New York. www.helenlester.com

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Listen, Buddy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Storywraps More than 1 year ago
I loved the whole theme of the book.  Listening is very, very important....that is why we have "two" ears and only "mouth."  Listening is an art all onto itself and one sadly we are losing in our culture.  Before we become too critical of our adorable, non-listening main character, Buddy ... remember we all are guilty of such an atrocity.  :) Buddy was blessed with big beautiful ears. Ears that were soft and velvety and hung down his back but were not tuned in to do what they were designed to do....listen!  When his dad asked him to get a pen he brought his dad a hen.  When his mom asked him to get her a slice of bread, he sawed the bed.   This lazy little guy went through life oblivious of the importance of the wonderful gift he had been given....the gift of not only hearing what people were saying and asking of him but listening and comprehending what the words meant so he could respond appropriately.   One day he was allowed to go on a solo hop, farther than he had ever been allowed to go before.  He was instructed to travel along and soon he would come to two paths.  He was only to choose the left  one because if he chose the right he would run into grave danger. Because of his careless listening skills you can guess which one Little Buddy chose and in so doing got himself into some very hot water indeed...but thankfully not literally.  He quickly learned his lesson of listening carefully and following instructions precisely.  The reader will be happy to know that Little Buddy had an epiphany right then and there and changed his bad listening habits right on the spot.  He recognized the errors and omissions of his ways and made up his mind to listen carefully from that day forth.  And he succeeded.
NC_Teacher More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for a student teacher to help build her personal collection of classroom books. Listen Buddy can be used for any grade level. I use it every year as part of discussing how important listening is in school and in life. In the story, Buddy has big beautiful ears that he does not use much for listening. This gets him into some trouble at home, but when he ventures out on his own one day, they get him into a dangerous situation. The story has a lot of humor, but children can easily see how not listening could result in trouble. The book lends itself to using voices and the language is fun. This book is one of my favorites, and I recommend it to everyone who has or works with children.