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Emmaline and the Bunny
by Katherine Hannigan

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Emmaline lives in a very tidy town, but Emmaline is not tidy. Emmaline likes to hop, hop, hop and holler, "Hoopalala " And, more than anything, Emmaline wants a bunny.

Orson Oliphant is mayor of the town. He is very tidy. Orson Oliphant does not like hopping and hollering.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Emmaline lives in a very tidy town, but Emmaline is not tidy. Emmaline likes to hop, hop, hop and holler, "Hoopalala " And, more than anything, Emmaline wants a bunny.

Orson Oliphant is mayor of the town. He is very tidy. Orson Oliphant does not like hopping and hollering. And, more than anything, Orson Oliphant does not like animals. He has banished them all, including bunnies.

But there is still one special, secret place in town where animals can hop and fly and be free--a place where there is a bunny.

Is there a way for Emmaline to have a bunny of her own?

Written and illustrated in full color by Katherine Hannigan--the best-selling author of Ida B--Emmaline and the Bunny is a celebration of ingenuity . . . and untidiness.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780061626548
  • ISBN-10: 0061626546
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publish Date: March 2009
  • Page Count: 94
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-12


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Rabbits
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Nature & the Natural World - Environment
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Pets

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 128.
  • Review Date: 2009-02-16
  • Reviewer: Staff

Hannigan follows Ida B., her critically acclaimed debut, with this environmental fable, which she has illustrated with tender watercolor art that often displays deft touches of humor. Lonely Emmaline wants a bunny “most mostly” (one picture shows her watching a bunny on TV, its legs lining up with the set's, its ears with the antennae). But messy pets are prohibited in her town, Neatasapin, where ornery Mayor Orson Oliphant has outlawed dirt, weeds and puddles. She follows a wild bunny into the underbrush where she learns that in order to keep the rabbit in her company, she must make her world more inviting to wild creatures, i.e., messier. The resulting unruliness of her yard riles the mayor, but brings about his overturn. The green message is kid-empowering; the prose style—which favors verb constructions like “scoot-skedaddling” and “scimper-scampering,” and exclamations like “dungleberrydoo,” and “hoopalala!”—will divide the audience, who will find it charming or twee. Still, the text, art and compact trim size add up to an overall package that young animal lovers will likely find irresistible. Ages 7–12. (Mar.)

 
BookPage Reviews

A messy dilemma

Spring, of course, is also the time for bunnies, and from Katherine Hannigan, best-selling author of Ida B, comes the endearing story of Emmaline and the Bunny featuring illustrations by Hannigan herself. Emmaline wants a bunny more than anything else. But she is the most untidy person in the very tidy town of Neatasapin, where the mayor has banned all animals. Emmaline feels lonely and isolated and a bit, well, different—she even digs holes in the dirt! As it happens, the bunny she hopes to befriend turns out to be as untidy, and as lonely, as Emmaline herself. Hannigan's charming tale will appeal to messy children everywhere, and will also make a great read-aloud for their not-so-neat parents.

 
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