Author: Mo Willems
Genre: Toys / Family / Humor
Year Published: 2004
Year Read: 2009
Series: Knuffle Bunny #1
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Content Rating: Ages 4+ (Some Rude Behavior)
Mo Willems has truly done a brilliant job at writing and illustrating this book about listening to your child when he or she is trying to tell you something important. What made this book truly memorable was the fact that this book was based off a real incident that Mo Willems had with his daughter and the audience can really relate to the story as every parent at some point had an incident with their child that they could not understand what their child is trying to tell them and they try hard to listen, but the words that come out of a child’s mouth at such a young age can be incomprehensible to the adult that they cannot really understand their child’s needs and wants. Mo Willems’ illustrations are extremely creative since the characters are silly looking and yet are pasted on photos of a real neighborhood in Brooklyn, making the illustrations look somewhat three dimensional.
“Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale” is a brilliant book for children who also experience a time when they tried to tell their parents something important, but their speech was not clear enough for the parents to really understand them. I would recommend this book to children ages four and up since there is nothing inappropriate about this book, unless you count Trixie’s whining when she left her Knuffle Bunny.
* 2004 Borders Original Voices Award for Picture Books
* 2005 Caldecott Honor
* 2005 Charlotte Zolotow Award Nominee for Honor Book
* 2005 Wanda Gag Read Aloud Honor Book
* 2006 Kentucky Bluegrass Award for K-2
* 2006 Vermont's Picture Book Awards: Red Clover