If you haven't caught the picture book series Knuffle Bunny, by Mo Willems, you should. Especially if you ever had a special stuffed animal, blanket or crack pipe that was your childhood crutch. In this picture book trilogy, we see a follow a little girl named Trixie and her stuffed bunny through various stages of life, and get to relive some of our own fond memories in the process.
For those who haven't read the series, here is the quick rundown
These three books are a godsend for more then a few reasons. First, these seem to be books that we can read throughout her childhood. The pictures are fantastic and combine photography with hand-drawn illustrations. The story is funny without being ridiculous, and the complexity of the story grows as Trixie ages. The Princess has every line memorized, so now we "read" the stories together, as I'm the narrator and Daddy and she plays Trixie.
But more than that, these books bring back fond memories of my own childhood that I don't get to relive that much. I had a stuffed dog, aptly named Doggy, that I carried around with me until I reached first grade. Anytime that I was frightened or sad or whatever, I would put him in a Hulk hug that would kill a mortal dog. And since I had an older sister who liked to "help" me do everything, I was frightened pretty much all the time. Poor Doggy had his neck sewn up so much he couldn't turn his head.
Most children's books get harder to stomach the more times you read them. I have even devised a subtle speed-up mode so that we're busting through pages in five minutes or less. Some books are less painful and tend to have at least some lasting power. But few can actually be as moving for you as they are for your kids, all on a different level.
I would say that the Knuffle Bunny series is the Toy Story 3 of picture books. Anyone who seen Toy Story 3 knows exactly what I'm talking about. Enough said.
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