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Buddy and the Bunnies in: Don't Play with Your Food! Hardcover – January 7, 2014


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Series: Buddy and the Bunnies
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (January 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423168070
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423168072
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 3-Buddy, a monster, has no use for flowers, trees, or pretty much anything in nature. What he really wants is bunnies. "I'm going to eat all you bunnies!" he announces to three rabbits. They convince him to play hide-and-seek until their cupcakes come out of the oven and, after munching the goodies, he's too full to eat bunnies. "Would you bunnies mind if I eat you tomorrow?" he asks. The next day they entice him to go swimming before he eats them. "You musn't go swimming right after you eat! You'll get a cramp!" Then "they look so cute when they're napping" after their swim that he can't possibly eat them. Next the bunnies form a "Stripey-Stripe Club" in Buddy's honor and vote to spend a day at the carnival, which makes him too dizzy to eat them. "Okay, no more fooling around./Today I'm going to eat you bunnies first thing," he declares next day. But the bunnies, in a delightful surprise ending, have an argument their nemesis just can't refute. This is a hilarious romp made all the more enjoyable by Shea's cartoons outlined in black crayon. Buddy is a small orange fellow with bulging eyes and a cavernous mouth, ever seeking a tasty bunny treat. Backgrounds change continually and are often decorated with stars, curlicues, and other symbols. The carnival day, depicted on black ground, is especially bold. Alert readers will notice the bunnies keep multiplying. Pair this laugh-out-loud caper with Linda Bailey's Toads on Toast (Kids Can, 2012).-Marianne Saccardi, formerly at Norwalk Community College, CTα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journal. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

Like the dinosaur in Shea’s Dinosaur Vs. books and the shark in I’m a Shark (2011), Buddy, a bunny-eating monster, should be big and scary, but instead he is packed with goofy charisma that kids will find irresistible. Buddy is a great big orange-striped monster who shows up and announces that he is going to dine on all bunnies present. The bunnies, however, are just about to bake some cupcakes. Like any sensible, hungry monster, Buddy decides “cupcakes first. Bunnies for dessert.” When he is finished with the cupcakes, though, he has no room left for bunnies, and he promises to come back tomorrow. And so it goes, through one trick after another, as Buddy is outsmarted, until he finally realizes that the bunnies make better friends than tasty treats. Shea’s crazy humor pervades the book, from the hilarious back and forth between potential diner and would-be meal to his floppy, exaggerated art, filled with warm colors and cheery personality. Adults will be delighted to share this with young readers. Preschool-Grade 1. --Jesse Karp

More About the Author

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www.bobshea.com

You know that PBS Kids spot where the pig runs around and eats things that begin with the letter "p"? Bob made that! He made a bunch of other animations for PBS Kids and helped them develop a national literacy campaign.

He has met Al Roker and Fonzie.

His stories, artwork and characters have also appeared on Nick Jr. and Noggin. He was even on Noggin, reading one of his books to Ryan, his little boy.

Bob likes to speak in the third person.

Bob has written several children's books, including New Socks, Big Plans, which was illustrated by Lane Smith, Dinosaur vs. Bedtime, Race You To Bed, and Oh Daddy.

Dinosaur vs. Bedtime was one of Amazon's Top 10 Picture Books of the year, and a Horn Book Magazine best of 2008.

He lives in Connecticut with his wife Colleen and his son, Ryan. He and Colleen own Perfectly Nice, a graphic design studio.

Bob enjoys cake.

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Buddy the monster really wants to be mean, but those darn bunnies keep distracting him.
Hannah Holt
The drama, humor, and fantastic read aloud flow also make it a good choice for classroom teachers searching for a good read aloud.
J. Prather
The way it is written makes it fun to perform in different voices and the punch line is my sons' favorite.
April Hovelson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Denis Vukosav TOP 100 REVIEWER on January 10, 2014
Format: Hardcover
“Buddy and the Bunnies in” written and illustrated by Bob Shea a charming and entertaining story for children about a monster that is not so terrible and small but wise bunnies that have become friends instead of food.

At the beginning of the story, reader will meet a scary monster that goes around and threatens everything and everyone, yelling at the lake, mountain, trees, even sun to get out and let him pass.
When he will encounter the cute little bunnies monster will threaten that he’s going to eat them - instead they will give him some cupcakes and they will be saved for that day. Tomorrow he’ll come again but this time they will take him swimming that made him tired and saved them again.
And so the story will be repeated every day until finally the monster will realize that he was outsmarted by the bunnies, monster will learn that you should not play with the food and instead they will become friends…

“Buddy and the Bunnies in” is a nice story that at first glance seems aggressive, but with each subsequent page and new reading will become funnier for young readers to enjoy how wise little bunnies are outwitting scary monster.
The book is illustrated with simple drawings of vivid color with expressive feelings that appear to be understandable even for youngest, there is not too much text that allows parents to supplement story with their additional text.
This work carries a nice message that power means nothing if on the other side you have the wisdom that if properly applied can be stronger than anything.

So if you like the picture book made by Bob Shea this is yet another of those in which your children will enjoy, although at first reader may get impression that it’s a bit violent - therefore I suggest you to browse through its pages first to make sure that you like it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 14, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I'll admit right away that I think Bob Shea is brilliant. Brilliant! Once again, he delivers a story that shows just how much he is in tune with his audience - young kids! Buddy is a pretty wild monster, tearing around the forest, chasing birds and telling the sun "You're not so hot!" It's when this guy runs across a group of little bunnies and declares "I'm going to eat all you bunnies!" that the fun really starts. It seems that these bunnies are making cupcakes and no monster can pass up cupcakes. Then everybody is going swimming and everyone knows that you can't go swimming on a full stomach... You can see where this is going. This smart little group of bunnies outwits this crazy monster with kindness after kindness, delivering on an ending that speaks to the power of friendship even in the face of bad behavior. Really bad behavior.

This is a cute story packed with energy and many laugh out loud moments that only Bob Shea can deliver. The illustrations are colorful and bold, with cute little bunnies that mysteriously multiply and one very expressive monster. They are packed full of tiny fun details that will guarantee lots of repeat reads as kids will delight in the antics of these simply drawn but very cute bunnies.

This is an excellent choice for any preschooler's or early elementary student's personal collection. The drama, humor, and fantastic read aloud flow also make it a good choice for classroom teachers searching for a good read aloud.

While I think this might be a bit too long for younger preschoolers to enjoy in a story time setting, I look forward to trying this out with five to seven year olds who will no doubt be engaged by the fun antics of this very adorable yet carnivorous monster who learns that you don't play with your food, but you can play with your friends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob Walch on May 23, 2014
Format: Hardcover
A monster set on consuming a group of cute little bunnies doesn't sound like a very funny children's book. But the bunnies are actually devious little creatures and then know how to handle the situation and actually convince the scary monster that friendship is a better and healthier course of action.

Bright colors, nifty illustrations and a totally engrossing and humorous text will make this a picture book your child or grandchild will want to read over and over again. And, after enjoying this book a number of times, if you ever tell your little one to not play with his or her food he/she will probably look back at you and giggle.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hannah Holt on June 3, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Buddy the monster really wants to be mean, but those darn bunnies keep distracting him. There's lots of humor for parents as well as kids. It would be a good book for:

-fun read aloud time!!!
-talking about friendship
-introducing manners
-conflict management (possible Kelso's Choice tie in)

Although you can draw lots of great lessons from this book, it's not didactic or message-y. It's just a great read. I loved it!
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