The Dumb Bunnies

Sue Demin, Author, Sue Denim, Author, Dav Pilkey, Illustrator
Sue Demin, Author, Sue Denim, Author, Dav Pilkey, Illustrator Scholastic $13.95 (1p) ISBN 978-0-590-47708-6
Reviewed on: 01/31/1994
Release date: 02/01/1994
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Denim and Pilkey parody a parody in this supremely silly effort. The jacket art, placing the title characters in the room featured in Goodnight Moon , loudly proclaims the author and artist's dependence on allusions; their book, dedicated to James Marshall, is clearly indebted to Marshall and Henry Allard's Stupids books, with a dose of Marshall's version of Goldilocks thrown in for good measure. Here, three roly-poly, bucktoothed pink bunnies grin goofily as they leave their porridge on the table and head to town. Poppa Bunny wears polka-dotted Y-front briefs and scratches his head in befuddlement, Baby Bunny picks his nose and puts ketchup on his watermelon, and Momma Bunny wears obnoxious harlequin glasses and a baseball cap marked ``Duh.'' Meanwhile, back at their ``log cabin made out of bricks,'' Little Red Goldilocks (who has skin ``as white as snow'') makes herself comfortable. Denim's deadpan narration complements the all-out corniness of Pilkey's colorful illustrations, but it doesn't capture the amiability of the Stupids (or, for that matter, of Pilkey's beatifically bemused Dragon). Ages 4-8. (Jan.)
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