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Rhyming Dust Bunnies Hardcover – January 6, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 180L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books (January 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141697976X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416979760
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 9.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Three dust bunnies, Ed, Ned, and Ted, rhyme all the time. They say that far, jar, and tar rhyme with car, but a fourth dust bunny, Bob, just does not seem to get it; he says, “Look!” When they try and teach him that rug, hug, and mug rhyme with bug, he says, “Look out!” Of course, the smug majority is wrong. Bob’s warnings come true and when a broom and then a vacuum cleaner prove him right, the rhyming trio ask Bob what rhymes with “How do we get out?” With thick black lines and neon colors, the dust creatures on the bright colored pages look like the huge monsters that they think they are––until the big, powerful human tools take over. Preschoolers will recognize how it feels to be just a mite in a grown-up world, and they will enjoy the playful rhymes and simple wordplay as much as the bold scenarios of the tiniest creatures in danger from giants, and one hero who sees it coming.

About the Author

Jan Thomas is the creator of What Will Fat Cat Sit On?, A Birthday for Cow!, and The Doghouse. She lives in Socorro, New Mexico.

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We love this book, it's fun and funny.
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The children loved this book when we borrowed it from the library so I decided we needed our own copy.
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I love the bright, bold colors of this book.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
All right. That's it. I can't take it anymore. Could we please please PLEASE just get it over with and declare Jan Thomas some kind of national treasure / picture book genius? No, seriously people. I am not even kidding about this. I'm tired of the excuses. She killed with her debut "What Will Fat Cat Sit On?", slayed with "A Birthday for Cow!", and caused general carnage and delight with "The Doghouse". I thought myself the expert of all things Thomas (Thomasian?) and then a fellow children's librarian had the audacity to discover "Rhyming Dust Bunnies" before I could. The shame runs deep. Fortunately I was able to swipe her copy (hoo hoo!) and take a look at it myself. Aw man. For any parent that's tired of the same old same old in their rhyming picture books, "Rhyming Dust Bunnies" is the readaloud wonder and visual stimulant that's gonna have the kids rolling in the aisles, right alongside their parents. Once again, Thomas hits it outta the park.

Meet the rhyming dust bunnies: Ed, Ned, Ted, and Bob. As they like to say "We rhyme all the time!" On this particular day Ed starts them off with wondering "Hey! What rhymes with car?" Everyone puts in a vote except for Bob. Bob's sort of staring in the distance and saying things like "Look!" and "Look Out!" The other bunnies are confused by Bob's seeming inability to rhyme. Even when he says "Look out! Here comes a big scary monster with a broom!" they're not quite catching on. Finally he screams out "Run for it!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Christina N. Polumbus on March 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I gave this book to my nephews (3 & 4) and it was a huge hit. When we finished they both immediately responded, "read it again!" We read it six or seven times in the first sitting. It is a "loud" book so don't read before bedtime. They asked me to read it to them every day during my visit and often recited lines from the book out of the blue. Clever book and fun for all!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Liz Loma on April 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
We checked out this book from the library and my 3 1/2 year old loved it so much I'm ordering him a copy of his own...it's the first book we've ever checked out that he wanted to keep! He quickly had the book memorized and can "read" it on his own. He thinks the book is hysterical! He's begun understanding rhyming, and knows that Bob's comments don't rhyme, which sends my son into fits of laughter. It's short, silly, easy for early readers to read and has had great educational value - perfect for a preschooler to maybe first grader.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Julia Kringel on March 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Another wonderful book by Jan Thomas. This one is a departure from the previous cast of charming animals. Instead it is about four charming dust bunnies. Whoever heard about a book about dust bunnies. The drawings of these four dust bunnies are large and in vivid color. They are not only winning in their looks but they rhyme with enthusiasm - except for the fourth dust bunny who appears to be a little slow in the brain and can't rhyme as his friends can. But of course he turns out to be focused in another direction and isn't slow at all. It's a funny and beautifully drawn book which will appeal to children and adults alike.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Dust bunnies Ed, Ned, Ted and Bob rhyme all the time - and RHYMING DUST BUNNIES presents a zany portrait of their abilities. Only Bob seems to have trouble understanding the basic concept of 'rhyme' in this fun, zany tale.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spudman TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
There's much to like about this little book - its bright colors, the simple rhyme, and mostly the significant fun factor.
I like that the writer sticks to her game plan and doesn't try to do too much with this book. Most of the vocabulary is quite easy, the most difficult words being rhyme (often repeated) and vacuum cleaner.

Observant readers will note that the rhyming dust bunnies speak in red font while Bob speaks in green.
Rhyme is an important concept and word attack skill for developing readers. With rhyme one can learn word families and apply concepts and sound patterns to new words.

An adult reading this book to his or her child can introduce and reinforce the concept of rhyme with this book in an enjoyable unpressured manner. The young reader can be invited to participate by contributing words that rhyme with the words posed by the dust bunnies.
Rhyming Dust Bunnies is a nice, little book with teaching possibilities and a great big fun factor. Seek it out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly R. Wier on March 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My 6 year old loved this book - she's loved all of Jan Thomas's book. It is an "easy" read for her which allows her to get in to the story. Thomas seems to have a great handle on young children interests and just the right humor and her stories are always so much bigger than the simple language and bold illustrations. I'm surprised to see this book listed as targeted for preschool - I'd think at least through K/early readers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HeatherHH on July 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Four dust bunny friends like to rhyme words together, except for Bob. Not only does his name not rhyme with Ed, Ned, and Ted, but he keeps interrupting their rhyming to say things like "Look out!" and "Look out! Here comes a big scary monster with a broom!" His friends do not take poor Bob's warnings seriously and consequently soon find themselves being chased by a broom.

The book has a cute premise and does give a basic introduction to rhyming words. It is a very quick and short read, which can be a plus as a parent at times. And, young children will probably find it entertaining.

This book was given to my 5-year-old daughter for her birthday. She enjoys silly things, and so she enjoys the book, and it is one of her favorites. My 7-year-old daughter really enjoys it also.

For my tastes, the illustrations were exceedingly bright, done pretty much all in primary colors. I find it tiring to look at the pages, which makes me less interested in reading it. And in my book, the parent's willingness to read it weighs significantly in the rating. I also found the ending a bit abrupt. Overall, I'd give this book a 4-star rating.
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