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Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale


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A seredipitous find this book after a long browse in the childrens' department of Borders a while ago. Knuffle Bunny, is the brief tale of baby Trixie who goes with her dad to the the laundromat, taking with her her favourite cuddly toy Knuffle Bunny. On the way home Trixie realises that she has left Knuffle Bunny at the laundromat, but in her pre-speech phase is unable to tell Daddy. She comes out with "Aggle flaggle gabble" which my boys loves to shout now to annoy me. By the time they arrive home, Daddy is as annoyed by Trixie as Trixie is at dad's failure to understand her upset. Mummy opens the front door and immediately asks "Where's Knuffle Bunny?" A repeated dash of the journey back to the laundromat follows to rescue Knuffle Bunny.


A simplistic tale told with fun, but the magic of this book is in the illustrations. The scratchy, colourful characters are drawn over vintage, 20s style, black and white photographs of New York. It is both modern and old, contemporary and classic - a winning combination for a quality childrens' book.


And it is worth noting that even though this isn't a boys' tale with male characters and themes, both my boys, 7 and 3, love hearing this book and looking at the pictures - they seem endlessly fascinated by the 'exotic', urban landscape.

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    • By Hazel
      The second Knuffle Bunny book, as informed by the title, and also, within, a second Knuffle Bunny.
      Trixie has now grown up and about to begin school. She brings Knuffle Bunny along for the ride and just as she finds she isn't the only little girl, she finds that Knuffle Bunny's uniqueness isn't quite as unique as she thought. Another little girl in her class has one just the same as Trixie's. But as school usually goes, the teacher confiscates them both till the end of the day, resulting in a mix-up when returning the toys. A late night dash across urban New York ensues.
      Again, as with the first book, the tale is simple and nicely told. But again, the illustrations excel. Vintage, classic New York depicted in black and white photographs provide the landscape and most of the pleasure of this book.
      I am looking forward to reading the boys Knuffle Bunny's next big adventure.
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