Knuffle Bunny

by Mo Willems

Paperback, 2005



Call number




WALKER BOOKS (2005), 32 pages


A trip to the laundromat leads to a momentous occasion when Trixie, too young to speak words, realizes that something important is missing and struggles to explain the problem to her father.

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LibraryThing member justinscott66
The first thing that struck me was the art; ink drawings super imposed into photographs. I was then treated to one teachable moment after another that includes sequencing (when traveling to and from the laundry mat), phonemic and print awareness (hilarious gurgling with a first word in the end),
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comfort toys and empathy (the panic of leaving Knuffle Bunny and finding her), family relationships and father involvement and much more. This story is funny, scary, confusing and surprising at the same time. This will likely be one of those books in the early childhood classroom is that is read over and over again!
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LibraryThing member ktibbs
Knuffle Bunny is about a girl named Trixie who goes out with her dad to the laundry mat and helps her dad put in the laundry, then they begin to walk home. Trixie realizes she forgot Knuffle Bunny and freaks out, but cannot talk to tell her dad what happened. When they get home, the mom ask where
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Knuffle Bunny is and all race down to the laundry mat. Dad finds Knuffle Bunny in the washer and Trixie yells out her first words ever, "Knuffle Bunny"
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LibraryThing member HeatherSwinford
I like these books because they are short and children love to have them read to them. They are an easy read for children learning to read and easy story lines to follow for children who are trying to read and comprehend.
LibraryThing member rachelsticka
This is a great story to read to children. Every child has their one special thing, whether toy, stuffed animal, blanket or something else. It's good for children to hear stories that are familiar, enforcing their ideas about their lives and surroundings.
LibraryThing member KFBruck
This is a great book that all children can relate to! Growing up every child has a favorite toy that they don’t go anywhere without. This book is about a little girl who leaves her favorite toy (Knuffle Bunny) at a Laundromat. When her dad and her go to leave she tries to tell him what happened,
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but he can't understand her. When they finally get home the young girl’s mother notices right away that Knuffle Bunny is gone. The girl and her mother immediately rush back to the Laundromat to try and find him.
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LibraryThing member setonhansen
this book is about a dad and baby that go to a laundry mat and on the way home the baby starts to babble. The dad just keeps going home and the baby gets more and more upset. They are finally home and the dad is mad and the mom asks where knuffle bunny is and they realize it was left. So they race
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back and search and search until they find it and the baby says knuffle bunny as his first words.
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LibraryThing member katietwa08
This is an adorable story complete with unusual pictures that incorporate real world images with cartoon characters. Sure to catch any eye, this story will keep the reader hooked with an active layout and loveable characters. The story is so well written -- as though you are in the mind of the
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child. It is sure to be a family or classroom favorite.
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LibraryThing member cmcvittie
Mo Willems strikes again with the engaging and humourous story of Trixie's first words. When Daddy and toddler Trixie begin to head for home from the laundromat, she discovers her beloved stuffed rabbit has been left behind. Not being able to speak, Trixie pulls every toddler trick in the book to
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try and get Daddy to understand what she needs him to do. By the time they return home, neither Trixie or Daddy are happy, but Mommy figures it out.
Willems is at his best mixing his bold lined, cartoon-style people with photographs of his Brooklyn neighbourhood. Trixie is cute and funny and my daughter and I celebrate with her when Daddy finally finds her beloved "Knuffle Bunny." An excellent story for pre-schoolers and their parents.
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LibraryThing member iclairei
A great picture book, describing the time that Knuffle Bunny accidentally got left at the laundromat, in the washing machine. Trixie can't talk yet, and is unable to tell her father what happened.
LibraryThing member terios
Trixie is a little girl who can't speak just yet. One day, she goes with her dad to the laundry mat. However, on the way back, she realizes something is missing; her Knuffle Bunny! Since she can't talk her dad doesn't understand whats wrong, but as soon as her mom sees her she knows Knuffle Bunny
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is missing. They zoom back to the mat to find the bunny safe and sound. Trixie's first words were Knuffle Bunny.
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LibraryThing member KellyKnox
This is one of those books that parents (or educators) will love as much as the kids. Trixie is devastated when she leaves her special Knuffle Bunny behind at the laundry, but her dad can't understand her baby babble. Luckily Knuffle Bunny is retrieved at the end and Trixie is so happy that Knuffle
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Bunny is her first words. The art is really unique and fantastic, cartoons set against a photograph background, and the people they pass by on the street are so clearly real people that Mo Willems knows in his neighborhood. This book always just makes me laugh.
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LibraryThing member dylantanner
A pre-conversational child loses here special friend in busy Brooklyn. Time for dad to come to the rescue!

Children's picture book

I wasn't sure about this book at first. It's cute and the drawings are simple and fun, but I wasn't enthralled, my daughter however loved it and related to little Trixie.
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We've read this a million times. (sigh)

The combination of illustration and photo is ingenious and What Willems lacks in style he makes up for in intuitiveness. Kids LOVE his books, and find him so endearing.
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LibraryThing member smmote
This book is about a little girl, Trixie, that goes on an errand with her daddy. She is not old enough to speak words yet. They go down the block, through the park, past the school, and into the laundromat. She got to help her daddy put clothes in the washer and even put the money in to get it
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started. After they leave, Trixie begins to wine about something and her daddy doesn't want her unhappy, but she would not stop. Trixie babbles stuff that her daddy can not understand. As soon as they get home, her mommy notices that knuffle bunny is missing asks where it is. They knew it must have been lost somewhere on their route, but Trixie was too young to help them figure it out. The whole family runs back in the same path and into the laundromat to search for knuffle bunny. Finally, Trixie's daddy finds knuffle bunny in the washing machine and Trixie is happy at last!
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LibraryThing member Katie20
This book is about a little girl named Trixie and her bunny rabbit stuffed animal. She helped her Daddy at the Laundry mat. She helped him load the washer, and they put money into the machine. They left the laundry mat. She then realized the bunny was gone. She cried all the way home, and she
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talked gibberish because she could not talk. They got all the way home, and the mother said where is knuffle bunny. They ran all the way to the laundry mat. The Dad searched and searched. They finally found her stuffed animal. She screamed Knuffle Bunny! Those were her first words she had ever said. This is a cute book because it shows stuffed animals, and beginning to talk.
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LibraryThing member iecj
A young girl helps her father at the laundry mat and ends up leaving her favorite toy. She and her parents return and find the rabbit. I just love everything about this book. From the use of photographs behind animated characters as illustrations to the frantic search for Knuffle Bunny. And if you
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are a fan of this author's Pigeon books and you look carefully, he mamnges to work the Pigeion character into this book. This book can be used to discuss issues of ownership and responsibility. It may also be used to discuss family dynamics and neighborhoods. A discussion on coping with a loss may evolve after reading this book. Cooperation and problem solving are also components of the text. Children can create their own books using real life experiences or their imagination. They can role play scenes from the story. Students can compare Trixie’s neighborhood to their own. This book helps show the difference between cartoons and photographs.
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LibraryThing member ChristineRobinson
A book that resonates with the very young and their parents, especially those who have a “special” toy. The story is typical, as Trixie heads to the Laundromat with her dad and then along the way loses her precious Knuffle Bunny. What makes this story unusual is Willems ability to portray
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Trixie’s frustration (a laugh out loud “boneless” episode that any parent will identify with being the highlight) and the unique artistic style of colourful cartoon characters set against black and white photos of the city. My daughters love this book
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LibraryThing member corinne331
Trixie, Daddy, and Knuffle Bunny take a trip to the neighborhood Laundromat. But the exciting adventure takes a dramatic turn when Trixie realizes somebunny was left behind...
LibraryThing member kdemott
Great illustrations--combining photos and drawings. Cute story.
LibraryThing member Necampos
This book has great illustrations and if you follow them closely, you can predict what may happen. The best part of the pictures is that they are real life settings but the characters are animated and in color. This little girl loses her knuffle bunny on a trip to the laundrymat, and when she
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realizes it, she is unable to tell her father that she lost him. In all unsucceful attempts to tell her father, her mother realizes she is missing the bunny. They get the bunny back and her first words are knuffle bunny.
At the end of the story, it would be fun to ask children what their first words were.
Very cute story!
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LibraryThing member randirousseau
I discovered Knuffle Bunny only very recently at a library conference - and fell in love. It's very fun, and sweetly drawn, and would appeal to little kids learning to read - not a lot of words per page, good pace, happy ending. What more can a kid want? And any parent of a child with that special
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toy or blanket will appreciate the story, too.
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LibraryThing member kwillis
Perfect depiction of an honest mistake and the frustration kids feel trying to communicate with grown-ups pre-language.
LibraryThing member netaylor
Knuffle Bunny is a story of everyday caution. Children, like adults, often misplace items, even beloved items. In this story, Trixie loves her knuffle bunny, but gets so wrapped up in the excitement of her experience at the Laundromat that she looses track of her knuffle bunny. The illustration in
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Knuffle Bunny adds to the story’s emotions and since of reality. The use of black and white pictures for the background makes the story seem like it could happen in real life and thus enhances the theme. The cartoon-like characters take the reader from page to page, often leaping off the page and give the reader insight into the emotions of the characters. The illustrations help tell the story and help the reader relate to its theme.
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LibraryThing member elle0467
Knuffle Bunny is a sweet story of a little girl Trixie who throws a tantrum because she misplaces her knuffle bunny in one of the machines. This is a great book to relate to students when they once upon a time lost something that they held dear to their hearts.
LibraryThing member KarriesKorner
Fuzzy and Owen, Owen and LeLe, and now Trixie and Knuffle Bunny. It's a world of children and their comfort things. There's nothing sadder or more miserable than a kid who is separated from his comfort thing, and this book offers no exception. Trixie and her dad live in New York and make a trip to
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the laundromat. While they are loading the clothes into the washing machine, Knuffle Bunny inadvertently (or maybe not so inadvertently) ends up in the washing machine. As they begin their walk home, Trixie realizes that she no longer has her Knuffle Bunny, and she immediately begins to tell her father that she doesn't have KB, but Trixie doesn't have words yet. She speaks in baby and her father doesn't understand a word she's saying. To emphasize her panic, Trixie stirs up quite a fuss all the while her father is dragging her back to their house. When mom comes out of their apartment she notices -- as most moms would -- that something is amiss and she immediately says, "Where's Knuffle Bunny?" And then the hunt is on.

This is a cute book that will appeal to smaller children, some of whom bring their little bunny, cat, clown, or blanket to class with them. They've all lived the fear and worry of not being able to find their Knuffle Bunny, so they have an immediate connection to Trixie. This tale is not lost on the kids.

Visually this book is really different and very entertaining. Mo Willems departs from his usual drawings to a combination of photographs of background and cartoon characters making their way through the photographs. The background is in black and white and the cartoon characters are in color. This is a really cool effect of real and unreal on each page. Because of these innovative and intriguing visuals, I think it meets the criteria for the Caldecott. The story probably would've been just as good if it had all been drawings, but the photographs really do lend a new, fresh and interesting perspective to the story.

One of the endearing things about this book is that I can feel Trixie's panic at not knowing where her Knuffle Bunny is heart wrenching. As I mentioned, first there was Owen and Fuzzy in the book Owen (Kevin Henkes), and then there was my Owen and his LeLe who reminded me everyday how important comfort items were. But before Owen and LeLe, I had Ellis and his blanket, Naney. I learned early on with Naney being dragged all over town, in the yard, around the house, in the car and virtually everywhere we went, she became dirty and pungent after a period of time. The dirt was troublesome, the pungent smell not so bad because she smelled just like the sweetness of my son. Sweet, earthy and boy-like. Every once in awhile she had to be washed -- who knew what was growing inside her? The trauma my son went through when I put his Naney into the machine that flooded and banged around was unbelievable. Tears and sobs would come from the laundry room until the last of the dry cycle was complete. And then there would be a warm and cuddly reunion between my son and his Naney. At first he didn't like having her clean -- she smelled funny (if you consider the light fresh scent of Tide to be funny). She most decidedly didn't smell the way she did when she went into the banging machine (I had to agree). Within an hour or so of constant hugging and not being parted, Naney quickly returned to her original Ellis fragrance. All was good for at least a couple of weeks until laundry time came again.

So I have to wonder.....was Trixie's dad truly clueless that Knuffle Bunny was in the washing machine, or was he attempting to win an Academy Award in the interest of public health?
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LibraryThing member lisab818
Mo Willems deserves to win the Caldecott for this one! Trixie and her dad go to the laundromat, and Knuffle Bunny accidentally gets left in the washing machine. When she realizes what happens, Trixie tries to tell her dad what's wrong, but is too young to speak. "Knuffle Bunny" ends up being her
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first words.
The artwork combines black and white photography with color, cartoonish characters. A beautiful and unique combination!

Classroom ideas: communication, reading/writing connection, narratives, onomatopoeia, dialogue
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