CM . . .
. Volume XV Number 10. . . .January 9, 2009
The Bunny Ball.
David Steinberg. Illustrated by Liz Conrad.
New York, NY: Price Stern Sloan/Penguin Group US (Distributed in Canada by Penguin Canada), 2008.
10 pp., board book, $7.50.
Preschool-kindergarten / Ages 3-5.
Review by Min So.
One bunny bouncing in a field - SPRRONG!!
A blue bunny hippity-hoppled along.
It saw that boingy bunny and what could it do?
BIP-BOP BOING-ALONG, now there were two!
The Bunny Ball is a board book about bunnies hopping along and having a jolly good time. It starts with one, and then there are a billion in a span of a couple of pages.
The book starts out fine, but I think the story and pictures get too busy and complicated too quickly. The Bunny Ball is trying to be a concept book about colours and numbers while being done in rhyme with tongue-twisting sounds. I think children will be entertained by the pictures of billions of different-coloured bunnies and the sounds of SPRRONG!! However, a much more concentrated and simpler effort would have had a stronger and lasting effect.
Min So is an on-call librarian at Vancouver Public Library.
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