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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 520L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (March 3, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395854024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395854020
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 8.3 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

His ears are enormous, but listening is not the forte of a bunny named Buddy. And his misinterpretations of his parents's requests make for the sort of silly confusion that youngsters love: when his father asks for a pen, Buddy drags in a disgruntled hen; instead of the slice of bread his mother wants, Buddy turns up with the sawed-off headboard from a bed. Taking his first solo "long hop," Buddy forgets whether he is supposed to take a left or a right when the road forks. He selects the wrong route, of course, and ends up at the cave of the Scruffy Varmint, where he unleashes merry mayhem in trying to help that cranky creature cook soup. After the varmint decides that he'd rather eat stew made from "the Bunnyrabbit who never listens," Buddy hears him loud and clear. If lacking the all-out pizazz of Lester and Munsinger's Tacky the Penguin, this sprightly paced tale amiably nudges kids whose direction-following skills need some honing. Munsinger's watercolors-and Buddy's comical expressions in particular-are characteristically entertaining. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K?There is a lovely, subtle message here for young children. Buddy is a rabbit whose father has a big nose?he is a great sniffer; whose mother has beautiful teeth?she is a great chomper. Buddy has beautiful, big lop-ears, but he mishears everything his parents say to him, including their directions for his first long hop?solo. Instead of the path to the left and the pond, he takes the path to the right straight to the cave of Scruffy Varmint. In a chuckle-inducing episode, Scruffy directs Buddy to gather ingredients to make soup and the young rabbit's faulty hearing serves him well, although he barely escapes becoming the main ingredient himself. Safely home, Buddy's listening skills are greatly improved. Expressive drawings convey the perplexity of parents weary of reminding a child to listen and extend the text with humorous asides. Sure to bring laughs at story time.?Virginia Opocensky, formerly at Lincoln City Libraries, NE
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Helen Lester has published The Wizard, the Fairy, and the Magic Chicken in 1983, in collabroation with Lynn Munsinger. They have also worked together on the hilarious Tacky the Penguin series and many other wildly funny and popular titles, including the award-winning Hooway for Wodney Wat. Helen Lester is a full-time writer who makes her home in Pawling, New York.

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It is a good book to get kids to listen.
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It is a fun book as a grown up to read aloud, and it never fails to make the children scream with laughter, even though they all know the story by heart!
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This is a cute book with a good message about listening to directions.
C. Rivera

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 17, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is a very funny story of a little bunny, who is cabable of hearing things correctly, but rarely does. This is pretty annoying to Buddy's parents, but still Buddy isn't really motivated to listen more carefully until he mixes up some directions and runs into trouble. Luckily dear Buddy gets out of the jam unscathed, and ready to do some fine listening, too.
Really is one of the more fun stories to read.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ann E. Stickel on May 24, 2004
Format: Paperback
I used this a lot when I was teaching a program called "Peaceful People." Even the very young got the idea about the inportance of listening. I highly rrecommend this book in teaching lessons on listening.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 9, 2003
Format: Paperback
My son and I have read this book numerous times. I never tire of the beatifully detailed pictures and the silly listening errors made by Buddy Bunny. You will love it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Ball on October 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book was better than I anticipated. Buddy the rabbit goes along his merry way without listening correctly to anyone. Then he runs into the Scruffy Varmit who doesn't put up with little bunnies who won't listen. Buddy almost ends up as Scruffy's soup du jour, but Buddy learns the lesson finally and listens perfectly. My kids love this book with the wonderful illustrations in it. I love it for the message it sends about listening. I can just tell them to "Listen Buddy" when I can't seem to get my 3 and 5 year old's attention. Love this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. White on September 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
Buddy has great ears, but he is not a very good listener. He confuses tomatoes and potatoes and squash with wash. When allowed to hop past the vegetable stand, his inattention to his parents' warning leads him straight to the cave of the Scruffy Varmit, where real trouble begins. Only when he really listens, does he find his way out of trouble.

I use this story with kindergarten students to help them understand how to be a good listener and that listening is an important skill to have because it helps them stay safe and learn.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Abigail Ketchum on March 25, 2013
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My preschooler was having issues with listening to his teacher (and me). This book really resonated with him. Took it to his school and all the kids loved it. Although some said they were a little afraid of the Scruffy Varmint.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Rivera on February 1, 2013
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This is a cute book with a good message about listening to directions. However, my 3 year old is scared of the scruffy varmint who scares Buddy, the little rabbit, into listening. Cute pictures too though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Smileyshirt on August 7, 2012
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I bought this book to use at the beginning of the school year, but my almost 5 year old grandson loved it so much that I gave it to him and ordered another one.
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