Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity by Mo WillemsTrixie cant wait to bring her one-of-a-kind Knuffle Bunny to school and show him off to everyone. But when she gets there, she sees something awful: Sonja has the same bunny. Suddenly, Knuffle Bunny doesnt seem so one-of-a-kind anymore. Chaos ensues until the bunnies are taken away by Ms. Greengrove. After school, Trixie finally gets her beloved bunny back. But in the middle of the night, Trixie realizes something. She has the wrong bunny!
Daddy comes to the rescue again as a midnight swap is arranged with the other bunny, the other little girl, and the other daddy. Needless to say, the daddies are not very happy. By the end of the story Trixie has her beloved bunny back, but she has also gained something new: her very first best friend.
In the tradition of the Caldecott Honor-winner KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY TALE, this is another heartfelt, hilarious picture book that children (and their parents) will love.
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Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity, 2008 Caldecott Honor Book
In the book, a young girl named Trixie realizes that her classmate Sonja has the same type of "Knuffle Bunny" toy that she does. When the jealous girls begin arguing, their teacher confiscates the stuffed animals, returning them at the end of the school day. At AM, Trixie realizes that her teacher has given her Sonja's bunny, and asks her father to call Sonja's house to exchange toys. The two girls immediately becomes friends. Newsday 's Sonja Bolle praised the book for its "inventive illustration style" and said, "Anyone who fell in love with the first 'Knuffle Bunny' two years ago will pounce on this sequel, even if they've grown up since then. Marcus of the New York Times Book Review added, "Willems has a brilliant knack for exposing early childhood's developmental pivot points, and for lampooning the best efforts of today's hip but hapless parents to do the right thing.
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In the story, Trixie and Sonja both bring their cherished knuffle bunnies to school for show and tell, but when the bunnies get mixed up and Trixie brings the wrong one home, it's up to dad save the day. This book is every bit as charming as the first. We were delighted to see that Willems used the same winning format in this title as in the first book -- simple but darling illustrations transposed onto black and white photographs. Children will relate to Trixie's actions and emotions, all perfectly captured by master illustrator and storyteller Mo Willems. Read-Aloud vs.
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Thank you! Willems revisits his black-and-white Brooklyn, his now-signature cartoon characters superimposed on the photographs. This technique here yields some spectacular results: The middle-of-the-night hostage exchange features a glorious image of the Manhattan skyline, the teeny figures of Trixie and her daddy and Sonja and her daddy approaching from opposite sides of Grand Army Plaza. His mastery of pacing is evident in every panel and page turn, the understated text punctuating the illustrations perfectly, and his use of the conventions of cartooning add to the hilarity. Too often, sequels come off as obviously calculated attempts to cash in on success; this offering, with its technical brilliance and its total and sympathetic understanding of the psychology of the preschooler, stands as magnificent in its own right. Picture book.