From School Library Journal
reS-Little Bunny is back with yet another childhood problem to conquer. This time he practices with a doll so that he will be ready when the new baby arrives. Predictably, Little Bunny is troubled that Kale cries, gets all the attention, and smells bad, but Papa and Mama Bunny gently console him and turn each situation into a positive one. The story has a happy ending when LB makes the infant laugh. He then realizes that he can take his brother to school when his teacher sends a note home requesting that he share something that begins with the letter K. Bright watercolor-and-ink illustrations portray the loving family in cartoon style. As one of a host of picture books about the arrival of a new baby, including Amy Hest's You're the Boss, Baby Duck! (Candlewick, 1997), this title is just average.
Doris Gebel, Northport-East Northport Public Library, NY
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Ages 3-5. Children who know Little Bunny from his previous books, such as Dry Days, Wet Nights
(1996) and Little Bunny's Pacifier Plan
(1999), will expect this young Everybunny to reflect their own concerns as he deals with his newest challenge. And so he does. Well prepared for the birth of his brother, Little Bunny loves him at first sight. Soon, though, he complains about changes in the household, from the sound of crying and the smell of diapers to the necessity of quiet during his brother's nap. Little Bunny's understanding parents acknowledge every comment and find ways to accommodate him as he adjusts to life with brother. Kindness infuses both writing and artwork in this supportive book for siblings of babies. Boelts has a good ear for the feelings of a preschooler, and if the parents seem a little idealized, they serve as both role models and magnets of hope for the book's potential readers and listeners. Parkinson's friendly illustrations, in ink and watercolor, will draw children to this appealing picture book. Carolyn PhelanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved