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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems

We love Knuffle Bunny around here.

Trixie is a toddler, not quite talking yet, who loves a little bunny. When her dad leaves Knuffle Bunny at the laundromat, you had better believe things get hairy.

I adore the illustrations in these books*. Photos of real New York City with simple color drawings over the top. It just kind of boggles my mind, really. How does Mo Willems know just what photo he wants? How does he make the drawings fit in so well? Suffice it to say this is not a style I could duplicate with any success.

I adore the simple text. It's funny! The dialogue sounds just like a family.  And the descriptions are spot-on. We now talk about "going boneless" all the time. Just the other day I saw a friend's child go boneless and I said that. She was like "huh?" and I was like, "You know, when the kid just flops and turns into jello and for some reason you can't hold them..." and then I said, "I am going to lend you Knuffle Bunny."
Mo Willems blogged about this scene. :)
Benjamin says:


Who is in Knuffle Bunny books?
Trixie!


What does she do?
Um, her goes boneless when hers a baby.


What does she do when she's older?
Her goes to school.


And?
Um, her can go with her daddy.


Do you like Knuffle Bunny?
Yeah.


How much?
Um, Pretty good.


How much good?
Super good. Super good, Mommy.


What would you say to person who wrote Knuffle Bunny? Did you know that someone wrote the words and drew the pictures?
Yeah


What would you say to them?
*cookie monster voice* "me want to learn how to draw!"  That's what I'd say!


*Yeah, that's right, there's Knuffle Bunny Too and Knuffle Bunny Free. I really can't choose a favorite.

6 comments:

Jacob said...

I love the look of helplessness on the Dad's face in that drawing as well. It captures the feelings of a parent in that situation so well.

Amy said...

Oh my gosh Benjamin is adorable. I've never heard of Knuffle Bunny until now, but I think my even my 8 year old would like it! I'm adding it to my list...

Ali B said...

I love Mo Willems! Knuffle Bunny and Knuffle Bunny Too are regular bedtime reads at our house. We are also big fans of his *pigeon* series of books. I love your interview with Benjamin. So sweet!

llcall said...

"Boneless." I love that. I was kind of just skimming over this post, trying to catch up on blog reading and I knew exactly what that meant. So funny.

llcall said...

We just finished the Knuffle Bunny trifecta. Addison predictably loved them all. I, quite unpredictably, was brought to tears by Knuffle Bunny Free (so sweet and poignant). But I had to come to my resident expert to ask -- is the story in Free true? Or rather how closely does it mirror something that actually happened?

Alysa said...

Ok this is the article I found! http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-authors/article/44415-mo-willems-on-knuffle-bunny-free-.html

Thanks for asking, because I had been curious myself but too lazy to look it up. :)

Alysa

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