Kids love "Betty Bunny Didn't Do It" by Michael Kaplan and illustrated by Stephane Jorisch. Even hard-to-please kids. They laughed at all the right places and loved the ending.
Betty Bunny knows she is a handful. Her very favorite brother tells her so. She figures that it must mean something very good. When no one has time to play with her, Betty Bunny decides to play catch by herself.
Of course, the problem is that there is no one to catch the ball that she throws. It crashes into a lamp and breaks it. When her brothers and sister come running to see what happened, she tells them that she didn't do it.
Betty Bunny lies about it, and her lies are so ridiculous (she claims the Tooth Fairy did it) that even the youngest readers will know how silly her lies are.
The plot and dialogue are perfectly written. It's a picture book with a lot of bang for the buck. Not only will kids love the story and love Betty Bunny, teachers and parents will appreciate the chance to talk about lies and honesty after reading the story.
The clever illustrations add to the book's charm. They consist of the characters with a few props (the broom and dustpan to clean up the vase) using juicy bright colors with lots and lots of white space.
Does Betty Bunny learn her lesson? Perhaps. But the next book in the series, "Betty Bunny Wants a Goal," begins with the same lines, "Betty Bunny was a handful." So maybe not.
While this book would be great for kindergarten kids, I read it to a fourth grade special education class and they loved it and really enjoyed the humor.
Please note: This review is based on the F&G advance copy provided by the publisher, Dial Books for Young Readers, for review purposes.
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