On Symbiosis and Stuffed Bunnies ~ Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems


Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems. Hyperion, 2004.

Symbiosis of text and illustration.

Little Trixie loses her stuffed Knuffle Bunny on an errand with Daddy to the Laundromat. In the excitement of having her bunny returned, Trixie says her first words: Knuffle Bunny. This book is heavy on parent-appeal, some of which will be over the head of most children—the accuracy of a parent’s frustration over a tantrum, the bra in the laundry basket. Yet it’s a satisfying and fully-developed story that incorporates text (speech bubbles) into the illustrations that are made up of black and white photographs and sketchy illustrated people.