|Buddy and the Bunnies in Don't Play With Your Food! by Bob Shea.Disney-Hyperion, 2014.|
My daughters received a super-sweet package in the mail last week. My dear friend Nikki in Minneapolis got them each signed copies of the latest book by Bob Shea!
We love Bob Shea. Our introduction was through the book New Socks, which one of the girls grabbed at the library a few years ago. Something about the cute little bird and his socks - "New socks, meet wood floor!" - made the girls cackle. His style really appeals to the younger set. I was excited to hear he would be visiting the local indie store, and I even planned to let Big Sis miss a day of pre-K. Alas, she did miss school that day - she was sick. We missed our chance to meet Bob Shea. Later that year, I did a Bob Shea storytime at the bookstore, reading both Dinosaur Vs. books that were out at the time and New Socks. There were no event kits for the books, so my plan was to use leftover socks we had from a Sandra Boynton storytime that flopped (4 kids, 2 of them mine!) to make sock puppets with sticky foam shapes. I was shocked when almost 30 children showed up that day! I barely had enough socks - my storytimes usually ranged from seven to 15 kids - but we had the best time. Little ones love Bob Shea. (And if you haven't checked out last year's Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great yet, do it. Very clever book!)
Anyhoo, Don't Play With Your Food! stars Buddy the Monster, who begins the book stomping around and yelling at everything: the sun, mountains, etc. When he comes across a bunch of sweet little bunnies, he cannot wait to eat them! The bunnies inform Buddy that they're making cupcakes, and wouldn't Buddy like to have cupcakes, too? Buddy decides to eat the cupcakes first, "bunnies for dessert!" Of course, Buddy gets too full on cupcakes to actually eat the bunnies that day. From there on, every time Buddy comes to eat the bunnies (which, by the way, seem to multiply on every page - tee hee!), the bunnies suggest that Buddy join them in whatever activity they are doing that day. Buddy goes swimming with the bunnies, he goes to the carnival with the bunnies... Eventually, he decides enough is enough and returns to eat the bunnies once and for all. However, Buddy has forgotten a very important rule - the title of the book. And of course, one more thing: You can't eat your friends!
You can see more of this book at Bob Shea's website, and Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast has some early sketches from the book.
Here is an early version of the book, entitled "Delicious Mystery," from Bob Shea's YouTube page:
Finally, if you are on Facebook, be sure and "like" Bob Shea. He's a very generous author. In the past, he has offered to send kids postcards and Dinosaur ornaments, if you email him your information. We love our postcard and ornaments!
EDIT: After I published this, I noticed another couple mentions of Buddy and the Bunnies in my Bloglovin stream. Go to The Little Crooked Cottage to check out an interview with Buddy himself, and then click over to see the awesome Literary Lunch that Nina from Mamabelly's Lunches With Love made to go with the book!