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Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo…

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale (2004)

by Mo Willems

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I loved this book because the story was very relatable. In the book, Trixie went on an adventure with her Daddy to the Laundromat. On the way home Trixie realized she left Knuffle Bunny at the Laundromat, but could not communicate with her Daddy that she did so. As a child I also had a favorite stuffed animal that went everywhere with me so I related to how Trixie felt in the story. I liked how the story was about an adventure and took a dramatic turn when Trixie left her Knuffle Bunny at the Laundromat. It was also suspenseful because who knew if Trixie was going to find Knuffle Bunny? The book contained wonderful illustrations that were black and white photographs. For example, inside the Laundromat there were photographs of washers. I think the illustrations truly enhanced the story. Also the cartoons really conveyed strong emotions to set the mood of the story. I knew how upset Trixie was when she left Knuffle Bunny because the illustration showed the fear in her eyes. The big idea of the story was that everyone in his or her life has had a strong connection to a stuffed animal or object as a child, and have had the fear of losing it. Also, sometimes a young child can’t communicate their emotions because they are pre-verbal. ( )
  Germuth | Sep 26, 2014 |
Knuffle Bunny is a "cautionary Tale." I thought that the illustrations were different than any that I have seen in any children's book. The landscape is real but the characters are drawn. This story shows how important communication is in every day life. Not only verbal communication but non-verbal communication.
I felt bad for the baby in the story because his/her father was not paying attention to the non-verbal cues that he/she was hinting to him. He/she had left his/her knuffle bunny back at the laundry mat. He/she tried hinting to her father by screaming and pointing and crying, however the father continued to ignore the cues and continue on home. Finally upon coming home, the mother realized that knuffle bunny was missing and the family ran back to the laundry mat, luckily they find knuffle bunny!
This story is good to use when teaching students or children about communication. They can analyze the cues that were given by the baby and decide which cues should have been recognized by the father.
Overall, I enjoyed this story and would read it to my future classroom.
  lfasce1 | Sep 23, 2014 |
I liked this book because of its humor and realism. Typically books involve children who can talk even at a young age or the authors involve the thoughts of the child. In this case, Trixie was not about to articulate her words at all, she could only manage to let out wails. I enjoyed the plot of "Knuffle Bunny" because readers were generally able to get the gist of why Trixie was so fussy after a couple pages in the book. However, suspense was built because her daddy had absolutely no idea why she was acting that way that she was. The first indication of Trixie trying to speak came out as, "aggle flaggle klabble!" Although it seems like gibberish, Trixie and the readers knew that it had meaning behind it. I also liked the illustrations because they were done in an uncommon way. Mo Willems chose to create the people in the story as cartoons but have the background images as real places. I enjoyed looking at the illustrations because they highlighted the main characters. The main message of this book focused on children and their attachments to their stuffed animals. Children reading this book may have a "knuffle bunny" at home and can easily relate to Trixie because they also have a certain attachment. ( )
  nkwak1 | Sep 18, 2014 |
Knuffle Bunny is one of Mo Willems best books. The story begins with Trixie and her daddy going on an errand. Trixie's favorite plush animal gets misplaced and she tries to do everything she can to communicate with her daddy. Not realizing what Trixie is trying to say, her father takes her home with some difficulty since she is having a meltdown trying to use body language to let her dad know what happened. They finally realized the issue and the family traces back their steps hopeful that they will be able to find Trixie's favorite toy. ( )
  cvarela | Sep 17, 2014 |
Mo Willems of Park Slope, Brooklyn manages to make good out of a tricky situation. This autobiographical account chronicles an ill-fated trip to the laundry mat. Trixie and Mo, accompanied by Trixies presumably favorite stuffed bunny, Knufflebunny, head off for some daddy daughter bonding time over errands. Knuffle bunny is accidentally left at the laundry mat. Trixie melts down on the way home, but since she is too young to speak, her father can't figure what's wrong with her. Upon returning home, mom immediately asks, "Were's Knuffle Bunny?" The whole family races out to find the bunny. Upon his recovery, Trixie utters her first words.

The plot summary really doesn't do justice to how endearing this story is. Remember the artwork, Desi. Somehow Willems manages to make triangular noses adorable. Of note is that the cartoons are set against realistic, possibly actual, pictures of Brooklyn. ( )
  Desirichter | Jul 21, 2014 |
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This book is dedicated to the real Trixie and her mommy.
Special thanks to Anne and Alessandra;
Noah, Megan, and Edward;
the 358 6th Avenue Laundromat;
and my neighbors in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
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Not so long ago, before she could even speak words, Trixie went on an errand with her Daddy...
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Trixie, Daddy, and Knuffle Bunny take a trip to the neighborhood Laundromat. But the exciting adventure takes a dramatic turn when Trixie realizes somebunny was left behind… Using a combination of muted black-and-white photographs and expressive illustrations, this stunning book tells a brilliantly true-to-life tale about what happens when Daddy's in charge and things go terribly, hilariously wrong.

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After Trixie and daddy leave the laundromat, something very important turns up missing.

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