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Monday, April 4, 2011

Good Night Little Bunny - Emily Hawkins




Released February 2011

www.candlewick.com

Reviewed by Bob Walch

A novel “changing-the-picture”, this story about a little bunny and his woodland friends features flaps that, when pulled, transform a picture from one creature to another.

As night comes on  Little Bunny tells his friend Dusty the squirrel that he must say good-bye and set off for home. As he sets off through the darkening forest the small rabbit sees a shadowy figure coming toward him.

As the reader pulls open the flap on the page, the illustration of Little Bunny and Dusty is magically replaced by Freddie, a young fox.

“It’s getting dark and you scared me!” Little Bunny says.

Freddy then explains that he is a nocturnal animal and loves being out at night. Next some dormice join the fun because they aren’t afraid of the dark either.

As he continues on journey home, Olive the owl appears and Little Bunny proudly tells her that he’s not afraid of the dark anymore. That’s all well and good the owl points out,  but she says,  “Little rabbits should not be out alone at night. Why don’t I show you the way home?”

The perfect story for a child who might be afraid of the dark, this heartwarming tale and its clever picture shifting mechanism will help any youngster conquer his or her unease when the shadows begin to lengthen in the evening. 

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