Bunnies: Kevan Atteberry
March 19, 2015
Author: Kevan Atteberry
Age Range: 2-5
Kevan Atteberry's Bunnies!!! is an exuberant title that would make a fun read aloud for toddlers and early preschoolers. A not-very-threatening-looking purple monster is walking through the woods, saying hello to anything he encounters, animate or not, when he runs across a group of four colorful bunnies. His enthusiastic cry of "Bunnies!!!" shocks the little rabbits, and causes them to run away. The monster is sad and confused. The same scenario repeats, leaving the monster even sadder. But eventually, as even the youngest readers will expect, the bunnies come around, and a new friendship is made.
There's very little text in this book, nothing but the few words spoken by the monster. Mostly just "Hello" to various things and "Bunnies", spoken in various tones of excitement or sadness. The correct tone to use to read aloud is indicated by fonts as well as the posture of the monster. The repetition in the book will be reassuring for the youngest listeners, and will have them shouting "BUNNIES!!!" in no time.
A purple butterfly also accompanies the monster on his journey, a subtle cue to readers that the monster is probably kind-hearted (in case the fact that he walks around saying hello to rocks and slugs wasn't clue enough). The bunnies are not as cute and fuzzy as those in Big Mean Mike, but they still have a certain colorful charm.
The predictable conclusion will also make young readers feel safe when reading Bunnies!!!, despite the presence of a monster. This would make a fun gift to add to your child's Easter basket, or to at least bring home from the library. Recommended for the youngest of listeners, with possibilities as an early reader for older kids, too.
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (@HarperChildrens)
Publication Date: January 27, 2015
Source of Book: Review copy from the publisher
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