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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this sweet, silly story can help young readers think and talk about emotions. The bunny is easy to relate to as he explains how he was bored, annoyed, and more while being kept waiting. His behavior at the end, when he gets a phone call, is a bit rude, but he's so cute it's hard to get mad at him. This book could lead to some good discussions about feelings, and how it's possible to feel many things at the same time -- or how fleeting negative emotions often are.
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What's the story?
The expressive little bunny at the heart of this sweet story is both excited that you've arrived -- and miffed that he's been waiting so long. He vacillates between emotions, excitedly blowing a noise maker in one moment and soon after explaining how annoying it was ("as annoying as having toilet paper stuck to my foot"). He even asks you, the reader, to sign a contract saying you're going to stay forever (and give him all your attention and "carrot treats every day") -- until he is distracted by a phone call or two.
Is it any good?
Readers will fall in love with the cute bunny, whose eyebrows leap off his face when he's excited to see you and whose ears droop when the arrow on his bored-o-meter points to "Bored Up To My Ears." There are some great visual gags, such as the bunny standing up from a bench marked "wet paint" with khaki stripes across his back. But not only will this book have kids laughing, it could also lead to some good discussions about feelings, and even how it's possible to feel many things at the same time.
Drawn in a very cartoonish way, the bunny's emotions are easy to read, whether he's feeling excited to see you, or really annoyed. There are some great visual gags, such as the bunny standing up from a bench marked "wet paint" with khaki stripes across his back.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about waiting. What were the different feelings that the bunny had while he was waiting? Can you think of a time you had to wait for someone? How did it make you feel?
Parents may also want to help their kids talk about some of the other emotions described in the book. For example, Bunny describes unfair as having to go to bed when he's not tired or having to eat a brussel sprout. How would you describe unfair? What about bored?
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