Viking Juvenile (2008)
Reviewed by Cayden (age 3.5) and Max (age 18 months) Aures and Mom for Reader Views (3/08)
“Nobunny’s Perfect” by Anna Dewdney teaches children how to be good and polite by first demonstrating terrible behavior and then by showing why good behavior is so much better. The book starts with the bunnies throwing toys, hitting, kicking, spitting food out, and biting. The second half of the story shows the bunnies sharing, following the rules, and using their manners.
Comments from the first part of the book when the bunnies are naughty:
Cayden: “Why is he doing that? That is bad!”
Cayden: “You are not supposed to spit carrots out! Look, that guy spilled his juice!”
Max: “Don’t! Don’t!”
Cayden: “Mom, they are biting!”
Cayden: “Look what he did mom!”
Max: “No, no.” (shaking his head)
Then when we got to the part when the bunnies were good they really didn’t have any comments but Max kept copying the good behavior. When it came to the hugging part he hugged and he waved goodbye at the waving part.
Mom: “What was your favorite part of the story?”
Cayden: “When they were nice because I don’t like when people are mean.”
“Nobunny’s Perfect” is a fun book, especially for little boys who like anything disgusting! The book is very humorous and engaging and they wanted to read it again and again. The illustrations are very entertaining and, together with the text, the book is a great tool for teaching young children the difference between good and bad behavior.