Knuffle Bunny:A Cautionary Tale Audible –

Merging expressive cartoon networkesque illustrations with beautiful black and white photographs of Brooklyn, this funny story tells how Trixie and Knuffle Bunny's trip to the laundromat with Dad goes terribly wrong when Trixie realizes some bunny's been left behind! Her attempts to alert Dad all the way home are unsuccessful, until Mom points out that Knuffle Bunny is missing and the family hotfoot it back to the laundromat Fortunately, KB is safe, if a little wet

10 thoughts on “Knuffle Bunny:A Cautionary Tale

  1. Calista Calista says:

    This is a neat bit of artwork. He took pictures of real life settings and drew cartoons onto the setting to tell this story. I love it!

    It is a simple beginning story. The child and father go to the laundry mat to wash clothes and the tot gets the stuffed bunny stuck in the washing machine unintentionally. The tot goes crazy and it’s the mom who figures it out. It’s a very cute story.

    I was just reading ‘don’t let the pigeon drive the bus’ yesterday and saying how I don’t like Mo’s artwork, but I find this style of his refreshing and fun and it’s a good story. I love this. Mo has a way with telling some simple and straight forward stories and I could learn from him. I do prefer this artwork to his other artwork which doesn’t work for me.

    The kids loved this book. The niece knew right away what upset the little kid so much. They laughed at all the baby language. The nephew laughed at this. They loved it, but they also love other books by Mo too. The niece gave this 4 stars and the nephew gave this 5 stars.

  2. Ellen Ellen says:

    I'd give this book extra stars if I could (5 is so limiting, no?) for the amount of times the phrase she went boneless has made me laugh at completely random moments during my work day. It's a perfect description of what toddlers do during a tantrum. You know, when they collapse on the ground (this is great fun in a public place) making them nearly impossible to lift. I also happen to love these illustrations, with simply rendered drawings superimposed on black and white urban scenery (Brooklyn, I presume). An all-time favorite.

  3. Matt Matt says:

    Mo Willems is truly a versatile author, able to entertain his young readers with a few long-developed series, but also inject some new ideas and characters on occasion. Even as a wee lass, Trixie loves her Knuffle Bunny and takes him along when it’s time to go to the laundromat. On the way home, Trixie realises that she’s forgotten her beloved friend, but cannot convince her father to turn around, as she has no actual words yet. It is only upon their return to the house that Trixie’s mom notices the issue and the entire family begins the search, all while Knuffle Bunny waits patiently to be found. Neo enjoyed this Willems piece and sped through it without issue. Funny enough, his greatest concern/worry was why someone would have to leave their own home to to laundry. Apparently, Neo is learning the definition of ‘first world problems’.

  4. Manybooks Manybooks says:

    Now while on a nostalgic and personal level Mo Willems' Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale sure does resonate (for I too once misplaced a treasured plush rabbit as a toddler), I really do not all that much like the accompanying illustrations. As sorry, but I have always been rather easily creeped out by especially cartoon-like images and little Trixie with her overly large and bulging eyes really does almost give me the proverbial willies so to speak (and therefore, while I can appreciate Mo Willems' ingenuity and do like the combination of pictures and black and white Brooklyn photographs, I just do not enjoy the exaggerated caricature renderings all that much on a personal artistic tastes and aesthetic level). But regarding the story, the presented narrative of Snuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, I in fact can and do totally and untterly identify with young Trixie's non verbal frustration, with the fact that she is trying so hard to make herself be understood (that Knuffle Bunny has been left at the laundromat) and that her father annoyingly and infuriatingly simply does not GET it, that he never does even notice Knuffle Bunny is missing. And while some readers might well and indeed be annoyed at and frustrated with Trixie's tantrums and emotional outbursts, I for one feel much more frustration with the father for continuously failing to notice the reason for his young daughter's outrageous behavior. For in many if not most ways, the father really is just so utterly clueless and on an entirely personal level, I find it both sad and a bit angering that it takes repeated and frustrated almost violent outbursts of emotionality until the mother (and even then, still not the father) realises that Trixie's toy, that her Knuffle Bunny has been left at the laundromat (Trixie might be preverbal, but since her Knuffle Bunny is almost like a permanent attachment to her and for her, in my opinion, the father should have realised what is wrong if not immediately, then at least soon). Three stars (but with less cartoony and exaggerated illustrations, I probably would be rating Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale with four stars).

  5. Julie Julie says:

    A fellow work colleague from the Youth Dept. at the Library brought my attention to this book. My children are grown. I borrowed this book purely for my own enjoyment. I liked it very much and have just completed the third book in this series.

  6. Ronyell Ronyell says:

    “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale” is a Caldecott Honor book from Mo Willems, creator of Cartoon Network’s “Sheep in the Big City.” This book is about how a toddler named Trixie loses her Knuffle Bunny at the Laundromat and has a hard time trying to tell her dad that they lost Knuffle Bunny. “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale” is truly one of the most brilliant children’s books ever written that children will love for many years!

    Mo Willems has truly done a brilliant job at writing and illustrating this book about listening to your child when he or she is trying to tell you something important. What made this book truly memorable was the fact that this book was based off a real incident that Mo Willems had with his daughter and the audience can really relate to the story as every parent at some point had an incident with their child that they could not understand what their child is trying to tell them and they try hard to listen, but the words that come out of a child’s mouth at such a young age can be incomprehensible to the adult that they cannot really understand their child’s needs and wants. Mo Willems’ illustrations are extremely creative since the characters are silly looking and yet are pasted on photos of a real neighborhood in Brooklyn, making the illustrations look somewhat three dimensional.

    “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale” is a brilliant book for children who also experience a time when they tried to tell their parents something important, but their speech was not clear enough for the parents to really understand them. I would recommend this book to children ages four and up since there is nothing inappropriate about this book, unless you count Trixie’s whining when she left her Knuffle Bunny.

    Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  7. Sophia Triad Sophia Triad says:

    You may know Mo Willems by his Pigeon books and his Piggie and Gerald books, but I truly believe that his Knuffle Bunny saga books are his best.
    Beautiful black and white photographs of Brooklyn and amazing colourful illustrations describe the story of little Trixie and her Knuffle Bunny and how it develops as Trixie grows up.

    In this first book Trixie is so little that she can not talk. This is a funny story that tells about
    -Trixie and Knuffle Bunny's trip to the laundromat 
    -how Trixie lost her Knuffle Bunny
    -how Trixie said her first words

    The desperation of her parents when they realise that their daughter lost her favourite toy is priceless.

  8. Megan Megan says:

    Okay, so I debated adding the picture books I've read because they are so short and when you've worked in a children's library they can quickly add up. That can be slightly misleading when the book count at the top says, you have read 1965 books! That being said, I'm only putting on my absolute favorites and what I consider to be quality children's literture. People are always having babies and books make a good gift. So here are my suggestions just in case you've ever been tempted to pick up one of those technicolor Dora the explorer board books that are found in the Wal-mart check out aisle. Those books are crap, even if the television show they're based on is educational and entertaining. Okay, off my soapbox now. Mo Willems is wonderful, his books are witty and clever and can easily be enjoyed by children and adults. Better suited for pre-school and up who can appreciate his style.

  9. Melki Melki says:

    Heart-rending, yet hilarious tale of a toddler who's not yet able to speak, and her attempts to communicate that her favorite toy has gone missing - Trixie bawled. She went boneless.
    (Have you ever tried to pick up a boneless child? It's nearly impossible!)

    I like the combo of cartoony characters set against b&w photos.


    It's easy to see why this one has become a modern day classic.

  10. Kaethe Douglas Kaethe Douglas says:

    The PandaBat loves this, even though she's never had a special stuffed animal or blanket or anything.


    The PandaBat has always loved Knuffle Bunny. Which is not as ominous as it sounds. It's a good thing, really.

    2007 Dec 20

    She really loves Mo Willems, too. The Elephant and Piggy books, the Pigeon books, all of it, except that one travel book. Which she doesn't get.


    2008 Jul 12

    If there's a baby coming into the life of someone you know, give the Knuffle Bunny and the two sequels. They will love you for it.


    Library copy