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PreSchool-Grade 4-Johnson adds humor and wit to this storytime favorite. The Good Fairy, who is credited on the front cover as a cocreator, narrates the story of naughty Little Bunny Foo Foo, who scoops up field mice, woodchucks, foxes, and bears and bops them on the head. In this version, the rabbit hits them with mud pies. The Good Fairy, an opossum in a tiara, a purple-and-yellow dress, and purple pumps, gives the rabbit three chances to be good, but when he persists, she keeps her promise and turns him into a goon. He now looks like a clownish caricature of himself, complete with red fuzzy hair and baggy pants. The text is folksy and the familiar lyrics are printed in purple. The lively illustrations convey action and hilarity: the mischievous bunny chases after the unsuspecting animals in various modes of transportation ranging from a red wagon to a full-size crane. Covered with mud, the animals angrily shake their paws at the rabbit, who feigns remorse, and they chuckle and dance with glee when he turns into the silly goon. Music, lyrics, and suggestions for movements are included. A twist on a traditional song, this book is sure to tickle the funny bones of young listeners and their adult friends.-Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison, WI
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PreS-Gr. 1. In this picture-book interpretation of a classic ditty, Little Bunny Foo Foo's transgressions are narrated by the Good Fairy herself, who is at cross-purposes with Foo Foo in the matter of boppin' field mice and other woodland critters. "Yucky, mucky mud pies" are Foo Foo's weapons of choice, and, in a twist that will be welcome by fans of things that go vroom, the rabbit chases down victims in increasingly outrageous vehicles. Johnson paints in a pleasant, color-flecked style, although his Good Fairy, a bizarre amalgam of a woman and an opossum, will probably baffle children whose mental image is based on Tinkerbell. But the interactive spirit of the song is intact, thanks to type that changes color at moments appropriate for group participation, and the visual presentation is silly enough to match the fun of saying "foo foo" and "goon" at the top of one's lungs. Music, complete lyrics, and descriptions of the hand moves are included. Jennifer Mattson
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