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The Dumb Bunnies Hardcover – February, 1994

Book 1 of 4 in the Dumb Bunnies Series

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From Publishers Weekly

Denim and Pilkey parody a parody in this supremely silly effort. The jacket art, placing the title characters in the room featured in Goodnight Moon , loudly proclaims the author and artist's dependence on allusions; their book, dedicated to James Marshall, is clearly indebted to Marshall and Henry Allard's Stupids books, with a dose of Marshall's version of Goldilocks thrown in for good measure. Here, three roly-poly, bucktoothed pink bunnies grin goofily as they leave their porridge on the table and head to town. Poppa Bunny wears polka-dotted Y-front briefs and scratches his head in befuddlement, Baby Bunny picks his nose and puts ketchup on his watermelon, and Momma Bunny wears obnoxious harlequin glasses and a baseball cap marked "Duh." Meanwhile, back at their "log cabin made out of bricks," Little Red Goldilocks (who has skin "as white as snow") makes herself comfortable. Denim's deadpan narration complements the all-out corniness of Pilkey's colorful illustrations, but it doesn't capture the amiability of the Stupids (or, for that matter, of Pilkey's beatifically bemused Dragon). Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 2-5-A cross between Harry Allard's "The Stupids" (Houghton) and a fractured fairy tale. A moronic rabbit family lives in a "log cabin made out of bricks," bowls a game of baseball at the public library, and has lunch in a car wash. While they are out, their home is invaded by Little Red Goldilocks. Poppa Bunny wears red polka-dotted jockey shorts and Momma wears a short skirt and bra. Poppa, Momma, and Baby Bunny all have very prominent overbites. Many of the jokes require a degree of sophistication beyond that of average primary graders: the Bunnies drive a Yugo, Baby Bunny uses a pimple cream called Zit-B-Gone, and Momma sings "Feelings" and wears butterfly wing glasses. Book titles at the library include The Condo that Jack Subleased, Pair 'O Dice Lost, The Second to the Last of the Mohicans, and Moby Richard. Some of the slapstick humor will appeal to youngsters, e.g., pouring porridge down pants and on heads, ice skating on the bottom of an unfrozen lake, letting Baby Bunny drive the car, and flushing Little Red Goldilocks down the toilet. The most appreciative audience for this title, however, will be older students who grew up with the Stupids and now have the experience to appreciate the more subtle visual humor.
Eunice Weech, M.L. King Elementary School, Urbana, IL
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Series: Dumb Bunnies
  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; 1St Edition edition (February 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590477080
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590477086
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 10.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,162,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is silly and funny.
aj
I purchased this book for my grandkids and I wonder who enjoys it more, me or the kids!
Pamela A. Poddany
The story is silly but, the kids laugh each time the book is read.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Reviewer on October 18, 2003
Format: Paperback
I feel as though I must address the scathing criticism of other posters. This book is a silly parody of other stories. It does not teach kids to say, "Duh." That is a sound that the father makes when he is actually being dumb. It does not encourage the child to do something after his parents have told him it was dangerous. Rather, it demonstrates the consequences of doing so and makes it appear "dumb" to do it. This book is about producing giggles from the unexpected and silly. My children absolutely love the gentle irreverence of it. It is not harsh or rude; rather it is charming and fun. I highly recommend it for any children, especially those who may not have developed a love of reading just yet.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By K. Bennett on June 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is the perfect book for a kid whose favorite jokes revolve around the words "toilet" and "underwear" -- your typical four year old, for instance. My typical four year old loves it! The Dumb Bunnies are a family of clueless rabbits who might remind you of a certain family of bears. When they go to town to let their porridge cool off, they take their bikes, which are strapped on top of their car. "'Can I drive the car?" asked Baby Bunny. "'You don't know how to drive," said Poppa Bunny. 'You'd get us all killed.' "'Aw, please?' asked Baby Bunny. "'Duh, okay,' said Poppa Bunny." While the Dumb Bunnies are in town bowling at the library and picnicking in the car wash, Little Red Goldilocks, whose skin is white as snow, breaks into their house. She sleeps in Poppa Bunny's porridge, eats Momma Bunny's bed, and uses Baby Bunny's pimple cream, but the Dumb Bunnies love her. In fact, Baby Bunny loves her so much, that he flushes her down the toilet. This book was my first introduction to Dav Pilkey, and now I'm a diehard fan. His cartoon drawings are hilarious! The cover of The Dumb Bunnies shows the family in the great green room from "Good Night Moon," complete with the bowl of mush on a table and lava lamps on the mantle. There's even a big gold Caldecott-like seal over the illustration which reads "This book is too dumb to win an award." Well, if four year olds could give book awards, this one would be a sure winner!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kelly K. Coyle on April 4, 2003
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Dav Pilkey is the author/illustrator of the hi-larious Captain Underpants series. His books are very funny and will encourage reluctant readers to pick up a book.
The Dumb Bunnies are a very silly family who happily do things backwards, upsidedown and sideways,without ever losing their happy dispositions, in fact, they never even notice that they march to the beat of a different drummer! With humor that everyone can understand and great illustrations, kids will really enjoy the Dumb Bunnies!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on October 6, 2007
Format: Library Binding
This is one of those books that make adults sort of cringe, but that kids seem to love. It is the brief story of a family of truly dumb bunnies, i.e. rabbits. If something can be done wrong then the bunny family does it. Severing the porridge cold? Blow in it. If the Porridge is too hot, well stick it in the microwave for a bit. The art work catches the eye of the children and the situations are so ridiculous that it extracts giggles from all the little ones. I do have a problem, sort of, with the author though. This book being reviewed here is quite good and teaches rather good lessons. The author also, as I understand it, writes the Captain Underpants books, which are truly horrid. That being said, I don't feel the little stories here will "ruin" you children. To be quite frank, if your child wants to build a log cabin from bricks, then folks, you have a problem, and this book quite likely had nothing to do with it. Nice read, kids have fun with it. I liked it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Pritchard on November 1, 2005
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This book is an absolute HOOT! The first time my seven year old and I read it together, she laughed so hard tears were running down her face! We continue to read it whenever we want a good laugh and some "silly time" together. I highly recommend it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jenna Wikler on December 15, 2000
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
when i was student teaching in an inner-city school i read this classic to my kindergarten class and it was stolen before first recess. no one would fess up and at first i grieved for the loss of my favorite book, but i quickly realized that it had made some kid want to read badly enough to swipe it, which is a testament to it's utter fantabulosity. every time i read any of the "dumb bunnies" books i laugh out loud, wherever i am. just looking at those bunnies in their underwear makes me laugh! and the toilet jokes are to die for. this is my favorite series for reluctant readers of any age.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
I think that these books are the funniest books without a point! I laughed the first time I read it and still laugh now! It's a perfect book to releave stress!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Concerned One on June 27, 2006
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Dave Pikey is just simply funny. The artwork is entertaining, but the story of a bunny family getting things, dates, places all mixed up, doing silly things is not only entertaining to the kids, but to adults too. Shut off your brain, think like a kid again, and giggle like you did when you were 6 with your kids too.
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