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The Easter Bunny That Overslept Hardcover – January 22, 2002


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Revised edition (January 22, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060296453
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060296452
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #995,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3-In this updated and newly illustrated version of a 1957 favorite (Lothrop), which was first revised in 1983 (Morrow, 1987), the Easter bunny sleeps through a rainy Easter Day and doesn't wake up until Mother's Day. He tries to deliver his brightly colored eggs then, but no one wants them. Undaunted, he paints them red, white, and blue; dons an Uncle Sam hat; and joins the Fourth of July parade. No one wants them then either. Sadly, he returns home and naps until October when little ghosts knock on his door for trick or treat. They don't want Easter eggs either. Suddenly a fierce wind snatches up the bunny and blows him all the way north to Santa's house, where he can at least help make children happy. A grateful Santa presents him with a gold alarm clock, and the bunny never again sleeps through Easter. The clever story is written in simple, sprightly language and illustrated in an unusual combination of collage and gouache in brilliant colors and a variety of sizes. The flat, decorative style and lively, cartoon figures have a folk-art charm. A welcome addition for a new generation of readers.
Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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*Starred Review* Ages 4-7. First published in 1957 and illustrated by Adrienne Adams, then reillustrated by her in 1983, this perennial favorite gets an update by Saaf. The story is still delightful; after the Easter Bunny oversleeps, he tries to deliver his eggs on Mother's Day, Fourth of July, and Halloween, much to the amusement and annoyance of the deliverees. Fortunately, Santa Claus finds Bunny a job making toys and hopping in and out of chimneys, and Bunny gets a gold watch as a thank you--a watch that wakes him up right on time next Easter day. The rather delicate illustrations in the previous book, featuring a neatly dressed bunny in a trim jacket and white pants, are replaced here by more exuberant art, starting on the dust jacket with the rabbit, decked out in a striped suit, rushing along as eggs spill out of his basket. Inside, there's lots of patterning, which adds depth to the pictures, and Saaf uses every opportunity for humor, starting with the bemused bunny who just can't get it right. A bold new edition that kids will take to their hearts. Ilene Cooper
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26, 2000
Format: Library Binding
This delightful story takes you on a journey with a frustrated easter bunny who has missed easter after oversleeping. Not only does one get to experience all the holidays of the year, but one also appreciates the aspects unique to easter.It also serves a good lesson to those children who are loathe to get out of bed. The story is charming and the illustartions are joyful. A treasure!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mathew A. Shember VINE VOICE on May 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Oh nooo! The Easter bunny slept through Easter. He wakes up and heads out and quickly learns what happened as people refuse his eggs.

He tries to hand them out by becoming the 4th of July bunny and he tries to give them away for Halloween. No luck! Nobody wants them and some are annoyed he was late.

Eventually he ends up in the North Pole and Santa puts him to work making toys. He also rides with him to help distribute presents as he can get down smaller chimneys better then Santa.

Santa gives him a nice present. A gold time clock so he never misses Easter again.

Overall it's a nice story but I don't think my girl really likes it. For me the words didn't flow right for a bedtime story.

The art work is cute but so far has not interested my girl to want to look at it like she does with other books.

Oh well.....
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Format: Hardcover
Everyone with any child inside of them should have this book.

I found a used copy of this book and fell in love with it. The illustrations by Adrienne Adams are half of what makes this book so incredibly precious. It's one of those little storybooks that you will probably want to keep and pass on as an heirloom.

The story begins with the Easter Bunny sound asleep in his warm burrow "dreaming of Easter and the brightly painted eggs that he was going to bring all the children." But Easter comes, it's raining a lot, and bunny sleeps until May, when he wakes up thinking it's Easter, puts on his Easter clothes and hops off with his Easter basket through the woods (adorable pictures) to a house with a family eating chocolates, but he finds out it's Mother's Day, and everywhere he goes to deliver his eggs, people tell him it's too late for Easter and scold him for being so late to bring their eggs.

The Easter Bunny goes back to his burrow and decides to be a 4th of July Bunny and paint his eggs red, white, and blue, and put on a patriotic outfit and then goes out to join a 4th of July parade when it rolls around, but the parade gets stopped by an officer who tells the bunny crossly that July 4th is "no time for eggs!", and nobody is interested in the bunny's red white and blue eggs.

The Easter Bunny goes back to his burrow and fell asleep again for a long time until he got woken up on Halloween by some trick or treaters. The Easter Bunny tries to give his guests some July 4th eggs and then explains that they are really Easter eggs, but realizes that nobody wants his eggs on Halloween.
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By LauraB on March 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Be sure to find the edition illustrated by Adrienne Adams. Her soft water colors are beautiful and much better that the harsh cartoony illustrations of the later editions. The Easter Bunny oversleeps and misses delivering his eggs. He tries to deliver them on later holidays including the Fourth of July and Halloween but no one wants them. Santa Claus makes an appearance at the end and gives the bunny a golden alarm clock so he won't miss next Easter. How can you go wrong with a book that has both the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus? Very charming!
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By J. S. Brown on April 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a darling story with great illustrations to pique the imagination. My 4-year old loved it and preferred this book over the other three I got her for Easter.
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