Thursday, April 11, 2019

My Funny Bunny by Christine Roussey Would Make a Cute Addition to Your Child's Easter Baskets -- Story Shares Lesson on Giving People and Pets a Chance! (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

With whimsical illustrations, My Funny Bunny is a gentle reminder to give everyone a chance, imperfections and all – making this a perfect gift for Easter.

If you follow my blog, then you know that I am all about books, and reading them with my girls, and picking up new titles for my girls to enjoy. And, now that they are getting older and reading on their own, I love watching their eyes light up as they tell me about a book they are reading, or make a list of books they want to look for at the nearby library or book store.  Keep an eye out on my blog as I will be sharing more new children's book releases as part of my "Welcome in Spring with a Good Book" feature.  Right now, I am just winding down my Easter Gift Guide, and sharing some great last minute Easter filler ideas/gifts with you, like this cute new picture book called, "My Funny Bunny."

About this book:

"My Funny Bunny by Christine Roussey is a picture book that shares a sweet story with a valuable lesson about why it’s important to give pets (and people!) a chance… even if they seem quite imperfect at first.

When a boy receives a gift box from his uncle on his sixth birthday, he’s sure he knows what’s inside—the perfect adorable dwarf rabbit of his dreams! The box does indeed contain a bunny… but it looks like a potato, with wiry whiskers and blobs of yucky fur—most definitely not perfect or adorable. The boy is a blur of sadness, fury, and disappointment, until the bunny finds ways to comfort him. Maybe this funny bunny isn’t so bad after all?"


I received this book a couple of weeks ago, and couldn't wait to sit down and read it to my girls. At first they thought this book was little kids, based on the cover art. They are both reading chapter books, so think all picture books are for little kids.  But, once they sat and started to listen to me read this cute story to the, they both smiled, as they sat admiring the story and illustrations.  

As mentioned above, this but has an important message about giving pets and people a chance, even if they are or seem imperfect at first.  I thought this was a great message to share with kids, and it was done in such a way that even young children would pick up on the lesson.  When there are valuable life lessons likes this shared in a book, I like to take time after reading the story with my girls, to talk with them about the lesson and how they can apply this to their life.  My girls and I had a nice conversation about not judging people and to give people a chance. Being homeschooled, the girls have to make friends with classes and meetups that we go to.  They are thrown into a classroom filled with kids like in public school, which would make it easier for them to make friends.  Instead, they are usually grouped in different age group classes, and have to either go up and talk to a child and see if they want to be friends, or hit it off when they break into smaller groups to do activities and projects.  So, knowing their struggles to make friends in a non-school environment, my girls could appreciate this story about giving people and pets a chance, and not judging a book by its cover.

We have only had this book for a short time, but my girls love to pull it from the shelf and read it on their own, or ask me to read it to them at bedtime.  They love the illustrations and will usually linger a little longer on certain pages, taking in all the details of the illustrations, that help to bring this cute picture book to life.  With Easter fast approaching, why not consider adding a few new picture books to your child's basket.  Instill a love of reading early on, and they will love to read right into adulthood.

Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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