Review: Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny (Giveaway!)


Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny
by John Himmelman
Published by Henry Holt and Company (October 28, 2014)
Ages 6-8

My Rating: 5 Stars

Review:
A couple of the children in my life are starting to grow into the stage of reading beginning level chapter books, so I was on the lookout for something funny enough to keep a young reader’s attention and smart enough to provide value beyond entertainment. That’s when I saw Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny.

Isabel, the best bunjitsu artist in school, is like a fluffy, long-eared Zen master. She can hit, kick and flip her opponents like no one else, but more often than not she uses her most powerful weapon – her brain – to outsmart pirates, giant waves, enormous rocks and more.

Each chapter is a short, separate tale in the life of Bunjitsu Bunny. The stories each have a particular moral that will be evident to an adult reader, but the lessons are delivered with humor and authenticity. The stories carry the weight of their lessons with ease, so the reader isn’t beaten over the head.

The first tale, after we’re introduced to Isabel, shows her using her smarts instead of her fists. When the students are confronted by a locked door, they try to kick it down and punch it down. They are about to head butt it down when Isabel unlocks the door from the other side. She had climbed through an open window. Most of the stories after this one are a little more complex, but it is a good taste of the types of lessons to come.

Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny is just the first installment of adventures. The follow-up, Bunjitsu Bunny’s Best Move, was released this past October.

Giveaway! [Update: This giveaway has ended. Look for more giveaways in future posts!]
Some books are too good not to be shared, so I’m giving away 2 copies of Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny through an Amazon giveaway. All you have to do for your chance to win is click here and follow me on Twitter. Good luck everyone!

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Review: Bad Kitty Does Not Like Candy


Bad Kitty Does Not Like Candy
by Nick Bruel
Published by Square Fish (May 12, 2015)
Ages 2-5

My rating: 4 stars

Review:
Nick Bruel, once again, delights readers with the crazy antics of Kitty, in Bad Kitty Does Not Like Candy, one of his new paperback picture books.

As usual, Kitty thinks she knows what’s up. That candy on the counter looks delicious, even though Kitty has never tried candy before. It’s got to be better than fish, and it’s got to be better than walrus. The pesky human who keeps insisting that candy is bad for cats can’t possibly be right. Without a doubt, Kitty will have that candy on the counter. But, is Kitty ready for the consequences?

By far, my favorite spread in this book is the one where Kitty is dreaming of herself in a river of candy – all the candy in the world. But, the facial and bodily expressions of Kitty are hilarious throughout the entire book. Bad Kitty Does Not Like Candy is similar to the original Bad Kitty, but is a much simpler story without the alphabet learning. Still, it is a humorous tale that’s just right for precocious 2- to 5-year-olds and the adults who will be reading it over and over again.

Just remember, all Bad Kitty books are not alike (for a comprehensive list, click here.) This one is for the preschool audience. If you’re looking for something fun and full of shenanigans for your young reader, try something from Bruel’s chapter book collection, such as Bad Kitty vs Uncle Murray or Bad Kitty: Puppy’s Big Day

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