Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
Merry Christmas! Let’s celebrate with a book that has absolutely nothing to do with the day in question whatsonever. So I know you’re all wondering what elements Kate chose to focus on with this book. Would she like it more than Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus? Less? Well, I’ll sum it up for you. We discuss at length the proper way to wash a pure white bra, the genetic dominance of a character’s eyes (or lack thereof), and the proper way to pick up a sack of screaming, flailing meat when it is your child.
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– As you can see, Kate has noticed that there is a different skin tone on the front and the back of this book between the dad and his kid than you’ll find inside the book.
– “Does Dad know how to properly wash bras?”
– Please consider, if you will, the genetics of whether or not you inherit your mom’s pupils or your dad’s whites. I have no idea why Kate gets so freaked out by these dots. She just do.
– The first Pigeon cameo in history, if I’m not too much mistaken. It was a bit obvious. Kate wasn’t wrong.
– Another Ghost Grandma? What the heck is it with Kate and ghostly grandmas in picture books?
– “Now he’s got a little bicep in there”.
– I couldn’t believe it, but Kate was right about this. This is the biggest deal for me. Knuffle Bunny never ever moves in any of his books. No expressions ever, right? But on the back cover . . . those eyes are CLOSED! This. Changes. Everything.
– Came in #7 on the Top 100 Picture Books Poll.
About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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