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BIG BAD BUNNY

written by Franny Billingsley • art by G. Brian Karas

At home,
in the Mouse House,
Baby Boo-Boo gets no respect.
Just look at her name:
Baby Boo-Boo.
She's no baby!

The word drives her wild in a big, bad way.

And here's Mama Mouse calling, always calling after her,

"Baby! Where are you, Baby?"

It's humiliating.
Mice (and other small persons)
will understand what
Big Bad Boo-Boo does.
It's quite naughty.

 

Edition:

Hardcover: Atheneum 978-1416906018

Available at a bookstore near you.

3 Starred Reviews

★ “This book works on every level: narrative arc, patterning, graphic-design elements (cue delighted dramatic reader), pacing, illustrations that express the comic mood and natural movement of the story.” —Kirkus

★ “Readers who know Billingsley's middle-grade fantasies, will recognize her delight in language in her first picture book, which features plenty of repetition and onomatopoeia.” —Booklist

★ “This [book] is a perfect choice for children who have felt big and bad one minute, and in need of their mothers the next.” —School Library Journal

 

At first glance, Big Bad Bunny  seems like a creature that haunts the dreams of sleeping children: Fearlessly crossing "mucky swamps" and "rushing streams" ("Big Bad Bunny can go anywhere"), the monster has furiously knitted eyebrows, razor-sharp talons and knifelike teeth.

But Big Bad Bunny is actually Baby Boo-Boo, the third child of sweet Mama Mouse. Dressed in a bunny suit, the little mouse has run away. Mama Mouse, however, is less meek and dainty than she appears; thoroughly undaunted by swamps and the rest (she "will go anywhere for Baby Boo-Boo"), she pursues and tames the ferocious Big Bad Bunny—with no loss of face on her child's part. —Publisher's Weekly

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Big Bad Bunny, pages 6-7

"Big Bad Bunny Has Long Sharp Claws", Big Bad Bunny, pages 6 and 7. Illustration by G. Brian Karas.

Big Bad Bunny, pages 8-9

 "Scritch! scritch! Scritch!", big bad bunny, pages 8 and 9. Illustrations by G. Brian Karas.