“Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity”


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Bibliographical Data
Book name: “Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity”
Author: Mo Willem
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion, 2007
Language: English
Pages: 48
Age range: 3-8
ISBN: 1423102991, 9781423102991

Author Bibliography:
Mo Willem was born on February 11, 1968. He is an American writer, creator of children’s books and animator. He worked on Sesame Street and earned six Emmy Awards from 1993-2007. He also performed stand up comedy during this time as well as recorded essays and promos for Cartoon Network and animated an opening for a show in Nickelodeon. Fun fact about him is his daughter’s name is Trixie, the main character in two of his books, including this one!

Summary of the book:
The book starts off with a young girl named, Trixie, who is walking to school with her dad. She is very excited because she was taking her “one of a kind knuffle bunny” to school. She becomes saddened when she realized that one of her classmates, Sonja, has the same bunny as she does. They start arguing about the name of the bunny and their teacher, Mrs. Greengrove, takes both of the girl’s toys away until school lets out. When Trixie goes home, she does her usual nighttime activities (dinner, dessert and bed). However, in the middle of the night, Trixie wakes up and realizes that Mrs. Greengrave gave her back the wrong bunny! She runs to her parent’s room and tells them they had the wrong bunny and he goes to call Sonja’s parents but the phone rings with them on the other line before he could even get down the stairs. After they hung up the phone, Trixie and her dad went to Sonja’s house to get her bunny back. The two girls have a nice talk and became best friends.

Review:
Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity is a book that I have never heard of before, but after reading it I am glad I did. I enjoyed this book because I think it has a great meaning and underlying theme that can be useful in anyone’s life that reads it, not matter their age. I love how the beginning the two girls are very bitter towards each other but in the end they realize that having the same toy actually shows that they are a lot alike and that is how they became friends.

Analysis of a Literary Element:
This book is excellent for young students to understand the meaning of the 5 elements of literature. The introduction of this book does a great job in introducing the readers to the main character, Trixie, and the setting of where the story I going to take place. The introduction of this book is important because the author relies a lot on the images throughout the book because it is a picture book. Right away, the younger students reading or listening to this book can make connections with Trixie because she is walking with her dad to school and ha to say goodbye to him. Then it is followed by the rising action, the climax, the falling action, and the conclusion. Willems also does a great job with the characterization of the main character, Trixie. Trixie is an average preschooler in that she wants to hurry to show her classmates/friends her toy. She is upset when she realizes that someone else has the same toy because then it is not cool to show the class any longer. She changes because she does not like Sonja for having the same toy as her but at the end, she becomes her best friend because of the// common interest of the knuffle bunnies.