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Big Bad Bunny    by Franny Billingsley & G. Brian Karas order for
Big Bad Bunny
by Franny Billingsley
Order:  USA  Can
Atheneum, 2008 (2008)
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Franny Billingsley's Big Bad Bunny reminded me in some ways of Margaret Wise Brown's heartwarming classic, The Runaway Bunny, but it gives a different slant to the tale of a mother's persistent search for her errant child. And G. Brian Karas' illustrations do an excellent job of portraying that little one's exaggerated perspective of his own role.

Alternating with scenes of Big Bad Bunny's exploits - like his 'long sharp claws' going 'Scritch! Scritch! Scritch!' and 'pointy yellow teeth' going 'Chomp! Chomp! Chomp!' - we see Mama Mouse tucking babies into bed in the Mouse House. She kisses Little Tippy goodnight, then Little Flurry - in a delightful contrast between a calm bedtime scene and Big Bad Bunny's Rambo on a rampage. But then Mama Mouse finds Baby Boo-Boo's bed empty - where can he be? She races into the forest in search of the missing mouse - and finds him too. Naturally.

Little ones will revel in this tale of a naughty mouse with big dreams, will cheer Big Bad Bunny's adventures, but will also be reassured when he's tucked safely into bed alongside his siblings.

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