Lawrence: The Bunny Who Wanted to Be Naked

Random/Schwartz & Wade Bks. Jan. 2020. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780525646655.
PreS-Gr 1–Mrs. Rabbit loves her little bunny, Lawrence, with all her heart. Unfortunately, Mrs. Rabbit shows her love by dressing him up in the wildest, most creative outfits she designs and makes for him. They are so inventive, so colorful...and so awful. All Lawrence wants is to be a regular bunny who runs around in his furry, natural state. He complains to his mother, but she just reminds him how very much she loves him. Lawrence finally decides that he needs to show his mother how very much he loves her. He stays up one night and makes the wildest, most creative outfit he can think of for his mother. Mrs. Rabbit wants to save it for a “special” day but Lawrence’s sniffles make her wear it at once. Over the course of the day, the stares and looks she receives make her realize that Lawrence might be happier if she showed her love for him in some other way than high fashion. The tone of this story is fun and ridiculous, which is matched beautifully with the colorful and weird (inflatable helium pants?) outfits these bunnies model.
VERDICT This is a smile-ear-to-ear kind of read-aloud for the younger crowd. The creativity can continue by having children design some eclectic outfits of their own.

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