Buddy and the Bunnies in
Don't Play with Your Food!
By Bob Shea
(Disney-Hyperion, Hardcover, 9781423168072, 40pp.)
Publication Date: January 7, 2014
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Rah! Buddy's a monster, and he's hungry! Time for all cute little bunnies to hop into his mouth. "Oh no!" they say. "There are cupcakes in the oven!" They offer Buddy some, and he becomes too full to eat the bunnies. He'll have to come back tomorrow. And so it goes between Buddy and the bunnies--they take him swimming, after which he is too tired to eat; they take him on all the rides at a carnival, after which he is too dizzy to eat; they even form a Buddy fan club . . . and who could eat their own fan club? Eventually Buddy realizes that the bunnies have tricked him. The bunnies aren't food at all--they are friends!
The bunnies' seemingly naive offers of friendship are a charming--and clever--mode of survival in this sweet and silly story about a not-at-all-scary monster.
Bob Shea is the author-illustrator of several picture books on the Disney-Hyperion list, such as UNICORN THINKS HE'S PRETTY GREAT, and four books in the DINOSAUR VS. series. He also created animations, graphics, and logos that have been seen on Comedy Central, PBS, Nick Jr., and Noggin. He and his wife, Colleen, run their own graphic design company called Perfectly Nice, and their son Ryan inspired the character Dinosaur. When Bob isn't out on the road promoting his books, he lives and works in Madison, Connecticut.