Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Buddy and the Bunnies: Don't Play With Your Food by Bob Shea

Buddy and the Bunnies: In Don't Play with Your Food

Buddy and the Bunnies: Don't Play With Your Food is a humorous tale featuring a big orange monster named Buddy who decides he really wants some of those cute little bunnies for his next meal.  The clever bunnies come up with a brilliant plan. They will try and distract Buddy and make him forget all about his craving for fluffy creatures with big ears. When Buddy first comes stomping through the forest they ask him to join them in an afternoon of cupcake baking. Buddy decides that if he bakes cupcakes, he will have a nice dessert to go along with his meal.  After gorging on cupcakes though, Buddy is too full to eat anything else. When Buddy returns the following day they invite him along for a swim, and of course everyone knows you can't eat a meal before you go swimming.  The following day, Buddy joins the bunnies for an afternoon of fun at the carnival.  You can see where this is going.  It's not long before Buddy realizes he's been outwitted by the bunnies. He's been playing with them all week, and he's always been told you're not supposed to play with your food.    

Shea brings to life this whimsical tale with bold and colorful illustrations his fans have grown to expect. The deceptively simple story features a great lesson on friendship and problem solving with plenty of humor thrown in for both children and adults to enjoy. Large, playful text flows across the pages, making this a great pick for parents or storytime providers looking to emphasize the important early literacy skill of print awareness. 

For other comical children's stories with brilliant artwork, check out Shea's other books including Dinosaur vs. Bedtime and Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great.  Fans of Shea's work may also enjoy Mo Willem's Pigeon series.

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