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Bunny Days

by Tao Nyeu

Published by Dial, 2010
48 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8037-3330-5

Ages 3-8

A whimsical picture book features three short stories detailing a series of mishaps involving a group of winsome bunnies, two busy goats, and a gentle bear. In “Muddy Bunnies,” Mr. Goat is hard at work on his tractor, oblivious to the mud spewing all over the white bunnies playing on a nearby hill. “Dusty Bunnies” features Mrs. Goat vacuuming the grass when she unwittingly sucks the alarmed bunnies—in their warren below—into the machine. And in “Bunny Tails,” Mr. Goat, cutting flowers in his garden, gets momentarily distracted and snips off the bunnies’ tails. It is Bear who saves the day each time, washing the bunnies (on the delicate cycle) and hanging them up to dry; opening the vacuum bag and blowing them clean with a fan; and gently sewing their tails back on. Author/illustrator Tao Nyeu’s illustrations feature masterful design elements, from eye-catching, uncluttered composition to spare use of color, with each story rendered in a different palette of two or three hues. The bunnies’ rounded bodies and expressive faces, and the fanciful scenes in which they appear, are full of charm, but there is just enough of an edge to Nyeu’s concept that it never strays to excessive sweetness. Instead, it’s simply a delight. (MS) ©2010 Cooperative Children’s Book Center

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