Chloe Bunny lives with her big family of ten older brothers and sisters and ten younger brothers and sisters, but it is only Chloe who is able to compete with the new television set that Dad brings home one evening.
Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2012 April #2 *Starred Review* Chloe is the middle rabbit child, with 10 older brothers and sisters and 10 younger. One of the best things about so many siblings is family fun time. When Dad brings home a television set, all the siblings are delighted except for Chloe and baby Bridget, who are less enthused. Why watch a piece of pound cake attack a city onscreen when you could do something elseâlike play inside the box the TV came in? And look what's inside the box: bubble wrap! Let the popping begin. While their parents continue to watch the killer pound cake, the brothers and sisters put on their own show inside the box until it's time for bed. The story line is simple, so hopefully children will get the message about making their own fun. But what elevates this is McCarty's fabulous art, which brings the idea of a really big family delightfully to life. Smooth, sand-colored pages are a fine background for the make-you-smile pictures. The family is a distinctive group, less rounded and shaded than some of McCarty's previous characters, and so impeccably drawn that you can see individual hairs on the bunnies' heads. Making great use of page spreads, he often allows the children to stretch across the available space, playing, popping, and practically passing out from fun. A warm and wonderful treat that's great for family story hours. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.
Publishers Weekly Reviews : PW Reviews 2012 April #3
Chloe, the alluring grade-school bunny who charmed the hero of McCarty's Henry in Love, gets her own story in a companion book about the pleasures of family and bubble wrap. Chloe is her family's middle child, meaning she has "ten older brothers and sisters, and ten younger brothers and sisters." She looks forward to "family fun time" after supper, but when Chloe's father brings home a TV, and the family gathers around, Chloe protests, "This is the worst family fun time ever!" McCarty depends upon a simple premiseâChloe recaptures her family's attention with the cardboard TV box and the bubble wrap insideâand personalizes the tale with detail-obsessed drawings in rabbity-brown ink and watercolor. Each of the 23 bunnies is identifiable by size, gender, and outfit, from towering football player Billy (seen in Henry in Love) to brother Bobby in a T-shirt with a red star (subliminal message much?) and baby Bridget in an ears-to-toes onesie. Still bewitching (a shot of Chloe entrancing her siblings by popping bubble wrap is priceless), yet serious about her strong opinions, Chloe continues to stand out in a crowd. Ages 2â6. Agent: Gotham Group. (May)
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School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2012 May
K-Gr 2âChloe is the middle child in her large rabbit family. Of the Bunnies' many shared activities, her favorite is after-dinner family fun time; however, when Dad brings home a television, she is sure that the fun has gone out of their shared time together. Her disappointment is short-lived. She and Baby Bridget soon find their own entertainmentâthe TV box and bubble wrap. Before long, the box becomes the best show with all the Bunny kids clamoring to get inside. After the youngsters are herded up to bed, even Dad can't resist popping a few bubbles. Soft, natural colors highlight the family resemblance while bright pastels accent each rabbit's individuality. Bunnies fill the pages, but an absence of background clutter keeps the illustrations simple and engaging. The gentle, child-friendly artwork complements the story told with minimal text. The result is a calming bedtime story for family sharing.âCarolyn Janssen, Public Lib. of Cincinnati & Hamilton County, OH
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