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Bunny's Noisy Book Hardcover – January 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (January 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078682428X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786824281
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,967,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreS-K-Brown's exemplary tale of an inquisitive bunny exploring his world is just right for sharing. The young animal awakens to quiet morning sounds such as fluttering, chirping, "Cock Cock Cock-a-doodle Doo," and "bzzzzzzzz," and then identifies them, asking readers, "What was that?" Then the focus shifts from recognizing noises to making them, such as munching, scratching, and sneezing. As the sun goes down, "the little noises of the night" alert the protagonist that it is time "for little bunnies to be safe in their hole." McCue's brightly colored, detailed illustrations depicting a warm spring day from sunup to sundown are eye-catching and engaging; one can smell the lilacs, feel the sunshine, and thrill to the fireflies' glow at dusk. The affectionate paintings reveal the idyllic life of a carefree rabbit delighting in the woods and fields near his home, populated by numerous animals and insects. This joyful adventure will work well as a lap-sit or storytime selection.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI

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Customer Reviews

The illustrations by Lisa McCue are just gorgeous!
Jenni Froelich
A charming, sweet story and good one for the little one's bookshelf.
Shelley
Our daughter has loved this book since she was 2 months old.
David

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jenni Froelich on March 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful story of a little bunny who awakens in his rabbit hole to the sounds of the morning. It encourages the childs participation by asking the child to make the noises the little bunny hears. The illustrations by Lisa McCue are just gorgeous! My 17 month old son just loves this book! We read all the time.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By lisa@gravitydesignworks.com on December 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
My almost 2 year old loves this book soooo much! We read it over and over (20+ times) the first day we got it. I make the noises and motions (like "achoo-achoo" for "he sneezed", and scratching his chest for "he scratched") for each of the noises throughout the book. Now my son makes the noises and motions when he "reads" it himself. He has memorized the book so he knows some of the words on each page and he can "read" it himself!! This is a delightful book for children of all ages. A must have for the book loving child.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 25, 2003
Format: Board book
I picked this book up in a bookstore and couldn't leave without it. This book is about Little Noises. Little noises that bunnies, and bees, and babies can make. I love the shift from onomatopoeia to open ended questions that lead the child to make the noises. One reviewer commented that the story reads like a draft. I think it reads like a natural progression of thought and conversation, with no contrived rhythm or rhyme, and I like it that way. My favorite line is "Yes. It was a bumblebee."
The illustrations are just Beautiful. I like the contrast between the polish of the surroundings and the scruffiness of the bunny. And I love the lilacs.
I just think it's a wonderful, sweet book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By tcc on June 2, 2005
Format: Board book
The book and pictures are nice, but it is the puzzle of finding the 13 hidden "McCue" words painted into the pictures that is great. It usually takes me about 30 minutes to read this book to my kid because I spend so long straining my eyes to find the hidden words. Perhaps I need to upgrade from the board book version I have that has such small illustrations!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Denali VINE VOICE on July 16, 2007
Format: Board book Verified Purchase
My 23 month old daughter LOVES this book - the first time I read it, she wanted to hear it again. I act out all the noises and actions in the book, and she thinks it's a charm. Highly recommended - I love Lisa McCue's illustrations.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. Fuller on June 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
I love Margaret Wise Brown books, especially Goodnight Moon, The Golden Egg Book, and The Big Red Barn. Bunny's Noisy Book is a great idea (what are the sounds a bunny hears throughout a day) and there are a few passages that are reminiscent of Brown's better work but overall this book is contrived and unpolished! This story was printed well after Wise Brown's death and in my opinion it should have been left unpublished instead of tarnishing her good name by publishing a piece of work that was so obviously unfinished.
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Format: Board book
It's true what the 1-star reviews say---the text is awful. I find it hard to read aloud because it's so awkward. But my son, who is almost 2 years old, loves this book. He likes sounds, and I bought this book for him because I knew it would be easy to add sound effects to it. There are opportunities to crow like a rooster, buzz like a bee, make stretching, yawning, and scratching noises, among others. My son waits with great anticipation for the page on which the mother bunny thumps the ground. And he loves it when the fox barks. These sounds are markers in the text that will, I think, eventually help him learn how to read on his own. So I give the book four stars. It isn't perfect, but it is entertaining for kids, and that's what counts.
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Format: Board book
"And then he went hop-hop over to a big pink clover that was buzzing with bees. All day long he ate big pink clover."

It makes sense this was published after the author's death. It is not very well written and I find hard at times to read outloud. The above sentances being the worst. The first two pages ask what the bunny was hearing and then answering the question. Then it changes to the bunny making noises and asking "What kind of noise was that?" The rest of the book no longer asks questions but then describes the enviornment and sounds. The illustrations are beautiful though. It is too bad the writing was all over the place.
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Margaret Wise Brown wrote hundreds of books and stories during her life, but she is best known for Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny. Even though she died over 45 years ago, her books still sell very well. Margaret loved animals. Most of her books have animals as characters in the story. She liked to write books that had a rhythm to them. Sometimes she would put a hard word into the story or poem. She thought this made children think harder when they are reading. She wrote all the time. There are many scraps of paper where she quickly wrote down a story idea or a poem. She said she dreamed stories and then had to write them down in the morning before she forgot them. She tried to write the way children wanted to hear a story, which often isn't the same way an adult would tell a story. She also taught illustrators to draw the way a child saw things. One time she gave two puppies to someone who was going to draw a book with that kind of dog. The illustrator painted many pictures one day and then fell asleep. When he woke up, the papers he painted on were bare. The puppies had licked all the paint off the paper. Margaret died after surgery for a bursting appendix while in France. She had many friends who still miss her. They say she was a creative genius who made a room come to life with her excitement. Margaret saw herself as something else - a writer of songs and nonsense.

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