Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 4 to 7
- Grade: p to 2
- Reading age: 4 to 7
In a rib-tickling display of duplicity and diversion, a bunny tries to show he has what it takes to be included in this dog book.
“How did the bunny get on the cover?” “I don't know.” “There ARE bunny books, you know.” “I'm not a bunny. I'm a dog.”
To get into this dog book, a bunny attempts to prove to some skeptical dogs that he's one of them. Does he like to run and catch a ball? Of course. Can he use his puppy-dog eyes to get himself out of trouble? Absolutely. Does he smell dog doo-doos? Umm . . . can he get back to that one later? As the bunny answers a succession of questions that run the gamut of a dog's essential qualities, he does his best to demonstrate his dog credentials. Of course, in the end, a bunny is a bunny, not a dog. The real question is, does it have to matter?
Written entirely in dialogue, this playful picture book story highlights Judith Henderson's signature mix of dry and silly humor. On the surface, this is a giggle-inducing crowd-pleaser. But in ultimately deciding that it's what's on the inside that really counts, the deeper character education messages of kindness and inclusiveness give the book lots of heart. Julien Chung's simple yet high-energy drawings of mostly thick black lines with splashes of red are a perfect complement to the snappy text and manage to convey a world of emotion. There are excellent lessons here on identity, community and belonging. This story would be great fun for children to act out.
About the authors
Judith Henderson is a writer, composer and producer, and the author of This Is a Dog Book!, AAAlligator! and the Big Words Small Stories series. She created the theme song for the Emmy Award-winning show Arthur, and has composed for many other shows, as well. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.
JULIEN CHUNG est designer professionnel et illustrateur depuis plus de 25 ans. Il a cre´e´ des personnages pour des marques du monde entier et travaille pour le journal La Presse a' Montre´al, au Que´bec.
Over the past 25+ years, JULIEN CHUNG has created a lot of crazy characters for book publishers, art directors, and product designers around the world. He also designs pages and illustrates everything from superhero ducks to globe-trotting pigs for Montreal’s French-language newspaper La Presse. When he's not drawing animals with hats, Julien enjoys collecting comics and hunting for flea market treasure.He and his wife live in Montreal, QC with a lovebird named Cookie.
... there's a blend of sly sophistication and straight-up snickers here that offers the possibility of read-alone satisfaction as well as silly readaloud giggles.
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
... a humorous, playful book but it also conveys deeper messages about acceptance and friendship.
... a sweet, gentle picture book about friendship and belonging.