March 2012

Knuffle Bunny

A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems

At first glance, Mo Willems’s Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale didn’t impress me much. The illustrations were sort of chunky, and the story was simple. In fact, I felt like it was a distant echo of the Corduroy books, which were my favorites as a child. In both books, the title characters lose their beloved stuffed animals in a Laundromat, and while Knuffle Bunny is found quickly, Corduroy has an adventure of his own before his beloved owner locates him. To me, it was a much richer, classic story, and Willems’s tale wasn’t that amazing in comparison.