Young Trixie loves to go on errands with her Dad and that’s exactly the way “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale” starts. This now classic Mo Willems book and winner of a Caldecott Honor Award shows the wide eyed wonder of Trixie as she is allowed to plunk the money into the machine at the Laundromat before the return home. It is on that trek homeward that Trixie realizes something – she has somehow misplaced her beloved stuffed pet – her knuffle bunny! She is so confused and perplexed that her words come out in amusing gibberish that Daddy can’t possibly understand. This is quite possibly the most humorous part of “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale” as she spits syllables that make no sense whatsoever in her frustration to be understood and helped.
Though frustrated and having gone ‘boneless’ and Willems so visually described it, the two return home at which time Mommy saves the day by realizing that the adorable knuffle bunny is missing. She and Trixie return to the Laundromat to retrieve the missing knuffle and as the old story goes, they all live happily ever after.
The gorgeous illustrations in “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale” make it one of the best childrens books in terms of story and visuals. Mo Willems has once again demonstrated why he has garnered so many awards for his picture books. Among them are the Theodor Suess Geisel Medal and a number of Caldecott Honor Awards. He also earned a number of Emmy awards for his work on the kid’s show Sesame Street.