Friday, February 13, 2009

Emmaline and the Bunny

Katherine Hannigan, of amazing Ida B. fame, has come out with another for the middle grade fiction set, one that is both sweet and charming, and even a bit silly at times.

Emmaline has been born and raised in the town of Neatasapin. As the name describes, everyone and everything in town must be incredibly clean, neat, and quiet, all of which Emmaline has trouble with. She doesn't understand what is so wrong about wanting to dig in the dirt or run around and shout if she so wishes. Emmaline has always wanted a bunny and finally dares to ask for one for her birthday, but of course, her parents explain that bunnies are not clean and neat, so a bunny she will not be given.

When Emmaline finds one place in town that allows digging, running, and even bunnies, she thinks she may have found a way to live like a real child, rather than one constantly being quiet and neat. She may even get a bunny too!

Emmaline is a sweet and charming character, one that your younger children will really enjoy, especially when she's hopping around, shouting out her fun, if rather odd statements (really, what does 'Hoopalala' mean?).

There are some adorable illustrations, also done by Hannigan, pleasing those that aren't quite ready for a total chapter book, still needing some pictures to hold their attention. This one would be great for those transitioning to reading chapter books or for a fabulous family read aloud.

Emmaline and the Bunny is a book that almost makes me want a bunny myself!

To learn more or to purchase, click on the book cover above to link to Amazon.

Emmaline and the Bunny
Katherine Hannigan
Middle Grade fiction
Greenwillow Books
February 2009

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