Little Bunny Foo Foo

illus. by author. unpaged. Dial. 2012. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8037-3470-8. LC number unavailable.
K-Gr 2—Unlike in the original rhyme, there is a reason here for Little Bunny Foo Foo's pursuit. She is bopping mice on the head with a spatula because they are stealing her cupcakes. The Good Fairy appears and gives her a warning: stop hurting the mice or be turned into a monster. The mice keep filching the goodies so Bunny keeps bopping. The Fairy returns for a second warning. Bunny is crazed by now, but the mice are still getting the cupcakes. When the Fairy returns for the third time, she zaps Bunny into a big monster. It eats the Fairy, "who tasted very good indeed." End of story: no pun, no moral. The acrylic illustrations show the bunny wearing a red jumper and walking on two feet. Her head is oversize, and she gets angrier and scarier, with an even larger head, eyes, and teeth, as the story progresses. This book twists an already violent rhyme into new disturbing directions.—Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI
The reason why Bunny Foo Foo keeps bopping field mice on the head? Because they keep stealing her cupcakes. In Doerrfeld's spin on the classic children's song, the ending seems wrong for a young audience: after the fairy turns Bunny into a monster, the monster eats the fairy. Bunny looks increasingly deranged as she tears through the fairy-tale setting.

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