Don't Play with Your Food!

by Bob Shea

Buddy the monster is on a rampage and fluffy little bunnies are not going to stop... read more

Buddy the monster is on a rampage and fluffy little bunnies are not going to stop him from behaving monstrously and eating them. Or are they? The humor in Bob Shea’s picture book arises first from the absurdity of its premise, and extends both verbally and visually as the bunnies (who keep getting larger in number) prove their unwitting enemy is really their friend. Buddy is either too full (of the cupcakes the bunnies baked) or too moved (“They look so cute when they’re napping.”) or too charmed (they started a “stripey-stripe” club in his honor) to argue, especially when the bunnies keep suggesting so many fun things to do. Most of all, he’s too easily distracted, until the bunnies point out that all the fun they’ve been having together means he can’t eat them. Everyone knows: “Don’t play with your food!” (Ages 4–8)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2015

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