Bunnies!!! illus. by Kevan Atteberry. 32p. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Bks. Jan. 2015. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9780062307835.
PreS-Gr 1—A friendly naif of a monster happily greets every cloud, tree, and butterfly he encounters until he spots four pastel-colored "Bunnies!!!" and leaps after them with unabashed enthusiasm. The monster is visibly deflated when the terrified rabbits quickly disappear. More subdued, he goes on greeting forest objects until he once more runs into the foursome, with the same results. The cottontails, peeking out from trees and bushes, see the little monster's sadness and realize that he just wants to play. A satisfied monster and happy bunnies then cavort together until the monster spots… "Birdies!" The expressive cartoon characters rendered digitally in full color make this spare tale understandable for both readers and non-readers. The combination of cartoon panels and spreads creates a palpable sense of action and makes the plot easy to follow for the youngest listeners. Children will sympathize with the simple emotions of the monster and the unease of the rabbits that slowly builds toward trust, but it is the madcap action that will have them laughing with delight and asking for the book again.—Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library, WI
A blue monster walks along: "Hello, tree. Hello, clouds." He can't contain himself, however, when he sees "Bunnies!!!" He enthusiastically chases after four frightened rabbits but loses them--"Bunnies?" Eventually the "BUNNIES!!!" recognize he's more friend than predator. There's not much variety in this slight text or the cartoon art, but the playful monster and sturdy bunnies have a silly charm.

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