Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale

by Mo Willems


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Trixie, Daddy, and Knuffle Bunny take a trip to the neighborhood Laundromat. But the exciting adventure takes a dramatic turn when Trixie realizes somebunny was left behind… Using a combination of muted black-and-white photographs and expressive illustrations, this stunning book tells a brilliantly true-to-life tale about what happens when Daddy's in charge and things go terribly, hilariously wrong.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781844280599
Publisher: Gardners Books
Publication date: 07/07/2005
Series: Knuffle Bunny Series
Sales rank: 71,419
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About the Author

Mo Willems, a number one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, has been awarded three Caldecott Honors for his picture books, two Theodor Seuss Geisel Medals, and five Geisel Honors for his celebrated Elephant & Piggie series. He lives in Massachusetts with his family. Learn more at

Mo Willems, a number one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, has been awarded three Caldecott Honors for his picture books, two Theodor Seuss Geisel Medals, and five Geisel Honors for his celebrated Elephant & Piggie series. He lives in Massachusetts with his family. Learn more at

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Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 114 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This heartwarming, amusing book is sure to be as popular was Willem¿s Don¿t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog. Again, he presents a simple problem familiar to most children. While accompanying her daddy to the Laundromat, toddler Trixie loses her favorite stuffed animal, ¿Knuffle Bunny.¿ She realizes her loss on the way home and frantically tries to tell her father the problem. Unfortunately, Trixie hasn¿t learned how to talk yet. The more she tries to communicate with her father, the more upset she becomes, as does her baffled and frustrated father. In an effort to help, observant readers are likely to shout out the obvious answer. The images of the two at this stage and when Trixie¿s mother immediately guesses the problem upon their arrival at home are hilarious, cartooning masterpieces. The same is true for the family¿s mad dash to fetch Knuffle Bunny and her father¿s lengthy hunt for it. When he finally finds it, Trixie says her first words: ¿Knuffle Bunny!!!¿ Williems¿ amazingly simple, but expressive cartoon characters set against sepia-toned photographic images of an urban neighborhood illuminate his appropriately sparse text.. Highly recommended for ages 1 to 4.
JaimeEtc More than 1 year ago
This has long been my son's favorite picture book to read and luckily it is one that adults won't soon tire of either. Why isn't it available on my Nook??
readingmomforlife More than 1 year ago
Knuffle Bunny is one of my favorite books to read to my little three year old. The story is sweet and really hits home. It is amazing how beloved stuff animals really do become a part of the whole family. As parents we truly will do anything to find these missing treasures. The emotions found in this story capture the panic a parent feels when they can't find their little one's special snuggle toy and shows the essence of communication between toddler and parent. It is a perfect book to sit down and snuggle together while you read. If you like this story, I also recommend The Adventures of Paige and Berry Bear.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ah, the first of the Knuffle Bunny books!Now, I should mention from the start that knuffle is a Dutch word meaning "Snuggle" and, as such, the k is pronounced. I don't suppose it matters except that it comes up in the next book, so best to get it right now, right?This is a plot familiar to anybody who has ever been near a small child: The Lost Toy. Trixie, the baby (and ain't she cute?) has a bunny. Which she loses. Not that her dad realizes. He's cheerfully oblivious to the fact that her tantrum has a *cause*. (I love the 'words' Trixie uses to convey her emotions, btw. "Snurp?")Luckily, Mom is a bit smarter, and everything gets sorted out in the end. And Knuffle Bunny is the first word Trixie ever says. (Aw.)It's a very simple story, and it doesn't have much in the way of vocabulary, so it'd probably work well for a very small toddler as well as an older child. My nieces love this, but then, we're pretty big Mo Willems fans around here all the time!
MrsBond on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Little girl loses her favorite stuffed toy at the laundromat, tries to tell dad but he doesn't understand her toddler-speak. Beautifully written and illustrated, great read-aloud. Facial expressions are fantastic.
sunnyburke on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great book about what happens when Dad is in charge and things go terrible wrong! Everyone can relate to this story where a little girl loses her most prized possession at the local laundromat. The big probelm here is that the olittle girl is too young to speak and can only express her what has happened in cries and tears. This book makes you think long and hard abotu all of those sobbing children out there and what they are really trying to tellus but don;t have the vocabulary to do so yet! Mo Willems does a great job combining beautiful black and white photographs of Brooklyn, New York with his hysterical cartoon drawings of the main characters.
bplma on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Trixie the toddler is still learning to speak when she brings her favorite security stuffed animal, knuffle bunny, on a trip to the laundromat with her dad. They have lots of fun until Trixie realizes on the way home that they forgot Knuffle Bunny. Because she cannot speak yet, Trixie is for forced to have a public meltdown (we've all been there!) until Dad finally gets the picture...(thanks to Mom, of course). A wonderfully fun and clever story that reminds us of the importance of family, security and communication. Wonderfully illustrated with drawings on photographs, Knuffle Bunny is fun to hear and to read.
ShellyCBuchanan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An adventure and the laundromat with Dad, leaves little Trixie without her best friend, little stuffed Knuffle Bunny. Willems' storytelling, through both the hilarious illustration and his simple language make this a story something to relate to for everyone who has ever loved or belonged to a precious plaything. Funny and touching, this book shows the mishaps and commitment of family life.
smpenni on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Trixie steps lively as she goes on an errand with her daddy, down the block, through the park, past the school, to the Laundromat. For the toddler, loading and putting money into the machine invoke wide-eyed pleasure. But, on the return home, she realizes something. Readers will know immediately that her stuffed bunny has been left behind but try as she might, (in hilarious gibberish), she cannot get her father to understand her problem. Despite his plea of "please don't get fussy," she gives it her all, bawling and going "boneless." They both arrive home unhappy. Mom immediately sees that "Knuffle Bunny" is missing and so it's back to the Laundromat they go. After several tries, dad finds the toy among the wet laundry and reclaims hero status. Yet, this is not simply a lost-and-found tale. The toddler exuberantly exclaims, "Knuffle Bunny!!!" "And those were the first words Trixie ever said." The concise, deftly told narrative becomes the perfect springboard for the pictures. They, in turn, augment the story's emotional acuity. Printed on olive-green backdrops, the illustrations are a combination of muted, sepia-toned photographs upon which bright cartoon drawings of people have been superimposed. Personalities are artfully created so that both parents and children will recognize themselves within these pages. A seamless and supremely satisfying presentation of art and text.
cmartin21 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A terrific story describing the attachment of a toddler and her stuffed animal, this title deserves to be read again and again. Willems' unique artwork adds much to the delightful tale, featuring colorful cartoon-like drawings on top of actual black and white photos of each scene.
katrinafroelich on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The illustrations are remarkably innovative using black and white photography to establish setting and animated characters in color. The story is familiar to most parents, and captures the dramatic emotional saga of losing and finding a comfort item with great humor and wit. The dialogue bubbles with Trixie's non-verbal attempts to communicate are hilarious!
lp118825 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love this book! For one, it won a caledecott award, and it relates to my son who is obessed with this toy (his joker). I think that is really unique to put real pictures with cartoon characters. This book can more than likely relate to many toddlers and parents in this day and age that deal with children that have certain toys that they may favor.
eecnelsen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book could be used to talk about our favorite blanket or in this case bunny. The only part I don't like is that they show it as being a baby that can't talk suggesting that attachments are for babies. When in reality we all have our favorite things we are attached to. My favortie part about this book is the illistrations. They are black and white pictures with people drawn on them.
BridgetteHarmon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mo Willems does a beautiful job blending humor and warmth into this delightful story about a little girl's first words. It is also a very relatable look at the communication difficulties between new parents and children who can not yet speak. It is his unique illustrations, however, that truly make Willems' book such a fascinating read. Willems draws humorous, whimsical cartoon characters against backdrops of beautiful black-and-white photographs of New York City. Cartoon characters sit on real steps, run down real sidewalks, and stick their hands into real laundry machines. The whole book is very cleverly done and enjoyable for both children and adults.
sharmon05 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The storyline in this book is very believable and has probably happened to many children. This quality makes this book a good example of a realistic fiction. This book has a very simple plot. There is a clear beginning, middle, and end. This makes this story move along quickly.
leafsister on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this ever year at story hour just because it is the best!
tmarks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For every little person who had a favorite blankey or stuffed animal, Trixie has lost her bunny and it will take all her skill, and her dad's wits to find it again.
KarriesKorner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fuzzy and Owen, Owen and LeLe, and now Trixie and Knuffle Bunny. It's a world of children and their comfort things. There's nothing sadder or more miserable than a kid who is separated from his comfort thing, and this book offers no exception. Trixie and her dad live in New York and make a trip to the laundromat. While they are loading the clothes into the washing machine, Knuffle Bunny inadvertently (or maybe not so inadvertently) ends up in the washing machine. As they begin their walk home, Trixie realizes that she no longer has her Knuffle Bunny, and she immediately begins to tell her father that she doesn't have KB, but Trixie doesn't have words yet. She speaks in baby and her father doesn't understand a word she's saying. To emphasize her panic, Trixie stirs up quite a fuss all the while her father is dragging her back to their house. When mom comes out of their apartment she notices -- as most moms would -- that something is amiss and she immediately says, "Where's Knuffle Bunny?" And then the hunt is on.This is a cute book that will appeal to smaller children, some of whom bring their little bunny, cat, clown, or blanket to class with them. They've all lived the fear and worry of not being able to find their Knuffle Bunny, so they have an immediate connection to Trixie. This tale is not lost on the kids.Visually this book is really different and very entertaining. Mo Willems departs from his usual drawings to a combination of photographs of background and cartoon characters making their way through the photographs. The background is in black and white and the cartoon characters are in color. This is a really cool effect of real and unreal on each page. Because of these innovative and intriguing visuals, I think it meets the criteria for the Caldecott. The story probably would've been just as good if it had all been drawings, but the photographs really do lend a new, fresh and interesting perspective to the story.One of the endearing things about this book is that I can feel Trixie's panic at not knowing where her Knuffle Bunny is heart wrenching. As I mentioned, first there was Owen and Fuzzy in the book Owen (Kevin Henkes), and then there was my Owen and his LeLe who reminded me everyday how important comfort items were. But before Owen and LeLe, I had Ellis and his blanket, Naney. I learned early on with Naney being dragged all over town, in the yard, around the house, in the car and virtually everywhere we went, she became dirty and pungent after a period of time. The dirt was troublesome, the pungent smell not so bad because she smelled just like the sweetness of my son. Sweet, earthy and boy-like. Every once in awhile she had to be washed -- who knew what was growing inside her? The trauma my son went through when I put his Naney into the machine that flooded and banged around was unbelievable. Tears and sobs would come from the laundry room until the last of the dry cycle was complete. And then there would be a warm and cuddly reunion between my son and his Naney. At first he didn't like having her clean -- she smelled funny (if you consider the light fresh scent of Tide to be funny). She most decidedly didn't smell the way she did when she went into the banging machine (I had to agree). Within an hour or so of constant hugging and not being parted, Naney quickly returned to her original Ellis fragrance. All was good for at least a couple of weeks until laundry time came again.So I have to wonder.....was Trixie's dad truly clueless that Knuffle Bunny was in the washing machine, or was he attempting to win an Academy Award in the interest of public health?
lisab818 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mo Willems deserves to win the Caldecott for this one! Trixie and her dad go to the laundromat, and Knuffle Bunny accidentally gets left in the washing machine. When she realizes what happens, Trixie tries to tell her dad what's wrong, but is too young to speak. "Knuffle Bunny" ends up being her first words.The artwork combines black and white photography with color, cartoonish characters. A beautiful and unique combination!Classroom ideas: communication, reading/writing connection, narratives, onomatopoeia, dialogue
justinscott66 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first thing that struck me was the art; ink drawings super imposed into photographs. I was then treated to one teachable moment after another that includes sequencing (when traveling to and from the laundry mat), phonemic and print awareness (hilarious gurgling with a first word in the end), comfort toys and empathy (the panic of leaving Knuffle Bunny and finding her), family relationships and father involvement and much more. This story is funny, scary, confusing and surprising at the same time. This will likely be one of those books in the early childhood classroom is that is read over and over again!
alswartzfager on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was the first book that I have read that had real pictures with cartoons drawn into them. I thought the illustrations were wonderful. The book is about a little girl who takes an afternoon trip to the laundromat with her father. On the way home she realizes that her "knuffly bunny" is no longer with her, but her father can not understand what she is saying. As soon as she gets home her mother asks where her knuffle bunny is, and her father soon realizes that is why she is so upset. I thought this book was a delightful read, and it would be wonderful for a young audience. It is also the winner of the Caldecott Honor.
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a delightful story of a little girl and her beloved Knuffle Bunny, and what happens when Knuffle Bunny gets left behind at the laundrymat.As well as a charming story this is a warning to parents that children's tantrums may have important motivations, especially when you're too little to explain yourself in words. The art is interesting, with cartoon characters layered over black and white photographic backgrounds. While the photographs are obviously New York (Brooklyn, specifically) this realistic background roots the story in everyplace, and gives it a believability beyond the cartoon characters.
renee.sutter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this story Trixie and her daddy go to the laundry mat and something terrible happens, her precious Knuffle Bunny gets left in the washing machine. Trixie can¿t talk very well so it takes her the whole walk home to get her dad to realize something is wrong. They go back to get Knuffle bunny and the day is saved. The illustrations are great the backgrounds are black and white photos and the people are caricatures. I think this book would be so fun to read to early elementary students and to talk about a time they might have lost something that was important to them.
mmsharp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have to admit, I know most children have their bunnies or blankets as a security, but this story I wasn't so thrilled with at first. After going to the laundry mat with her daddy she realizes she's lost her bunny. I know what it's like when kids come to the realization that something they cherish is missing. Luckily daddy comes to the rescue. I think the illustrations are great and I do believe it deserves the Caldecott Medal award. I think I'm saddened that we are so attached to material items.
dylantanner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A pre-conversational child loses here special friend in busy Brooklyn. Time for dad to come to the rescue!Children's picture bookI wasn't sure about this book at first. It's cute and the drawings are simple and fun, but I wasn't enthralled, my daughter however loved it and related to little Trixie. We've read this a million times. (sigh) The combination of illustration and photo is ingenious and What Willems lacks in style he makes up for in intuitiveness. Kids LOVE his books, and find him so endearing.