Bunny Will Not Jump!

S. & S./Simon Spotlight. (Ready-To-Reads). Dec. 2020. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781534483033; pap. $4.99. ISBN 9781534483026.
K-Gr 2–This purple bunny drawn in a cartoon style has foot-stompin’ attitude in Tharp’s entry in the “Ready-to-Read” series. So why won’t Bunny jump? The problem is introduced by a big blue bear who addresses readers directly: “Oh, hi, friend! It is your pal Big. I have a problem. Bunny will not jump.“ Big’s word balloons are blue. Bunny’s are purple. It feels like a fight. “That is right. I will not do it.” Emerging readers will be provoked and then pleased to watch events unfold; they’ll be thrilled when they’re invited to shake the book to help Bunny jump, and then flip a page back and forth where the stubborn rabbit is drawn in two different positions, animating Bunny. This is ideal material for those needing the same push of confidence that Big supplies Bunny. Simple concepts, flowing word choices, and the discovery that Bunny loves to jump will have children realizing they love to read.
VERDICT Ready to read or ready to jump, this book encourages and rewards, and kids will demand an encore in every collection.

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