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The Resource Emmaline and the bunny, Katherine Hannigan

Emmaline and the bunny, Katherine Hannigan

Label
Emmaline and the bunny
Title
Emmaline and the bunny
Statement of responsibility
Katherine Hannigan
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Everyone and everything in the town of Neatasapin is tidy, except Emmaline who likes to dig dirt and jump in puddles, and wants to adopt an untidy bunny
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Review
  • Gr. 1-3 /*Starred Review*/ In Hannigan’s debut novel, Ida B (2004), she introduced a furious young heroine trying to cope with changes in her life. Here, in this quiet fantasy, she offers something quite different. Emmaline wants a bunny, but Emmaline lives on Shipshape Street in the town of Neatasapin. Enforcing the tidiness is Mayor Oliphant, who insists that children be silent and spotless and houses be spick-and-span. The intimidated electorate adheres to his edicts. But Emmaline, a puddle splasher and silly-phrase shouter (“Dinglederrydee!”) is an anomaly, albeit a lonely one, since the other kids won’t play with her. So she seeks out a wild bunny, which she finds, and loses, and finds again, and in the process changes both her parents and her town. Told in very short chapters and using language in unusual ways, this is a small delight, cunningly illustrated by Hannigan’s own sweet watercolors, reminiscent of Beatrix Potter’s works. The fun wordplay is just the thing to get new readers going, but most children will simply enjoy listening to the story—again and again. -- Cooper, Ilene (Reviewed 01-01-2009) (Booklist, vol 105, number 9, p76 )
  • Gr 2–4— The town of Neatasapin is no place for an exuberant child like Emmaline. Fastidious Mayor Orson Oliphant has banned anything that might cause a mess, including grape juice, spaghetti, mud pies, and even trees ("leaf litterers," the mayor declares). Yet Emmaline loves to dig in the dirt, hop in puddles, and yell "Hoopalala!" and "Dinglederrydee!" to show her delight. Shunned by the tidy kids, she longs for a friend, particularly a wild bunny. "Too untidy," she is told. Early one morning, Emmaline visits neighboring Untidy, full of grass, weeds, trees, and, yes, wild bunnies. After befriending one, she comes to understand why Neatasapin is not a bunny-friendly place. Upon her return home, Emmaline is determined to make the town more welcoming to wild creatures. Kids are sure to cheer at the happy ending in which Emmaline's wish comes true and the bully Orson Oliphant gets his comeuppance. The book's most distinctive feature is its delightful, inventive language: Emmaline "skoot-skedaddles," and Orson Oliphant's belly is "bobbalobbing." Hannigan also utilizes unusual sentence structure ("Dirt she dug," "Sleep Emmaline couldn't"). Even though the protagonist is a spirited heroine, this is a quieter story than Sara Pennypacker's Clementine (Hyperion, 2006) or Peggy Gifford's "Moxy Maxwell" books (Random), and the author's soft watercolors enhance the tone. It would make an ideal read-aloud or recommendation for readers who are ready for transitional chapter books.—Jackie Partch, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR --Jackie Partch (Reviewed March 1, 2009) (School Library Journal, vol 55, issue 3, p114)
  • Hannigan follows Ida B. , her critically acclaimed debut, with this environmental fable, which she has illustrated with tender watercolor art that often displays deft touches of humor. Lonely Emmaline wants a bunny “most mostly” (one picture shows her watching a bunny on TV, its legs lining up with the set's, its ears with the antennae). But messy pets are prohibited in her town, Neatasapin, where ornery Mayor Orson Oliphant has outlawed dirt, weeds and puddles. She follows a wild bunny into the underbrush where she learns that in order to keep the rabbit in her company, she must make her world more inviting to wild creatures, i.e., messier. The resulting unruliness of her yard riles the mayor, but brings about his overturn. The green message is kid-empowering; the prose style—which favors verb constructions like “scoot-skedaddling” and “scimper-scampering,” and exclamations like “dungleberrydoo,” and “hoopalala!”—will divide the audience, who will find it charming or twee. Still, the text, art and compact trim size add up to an overall package that young animal lovers will likely find irresistible. Ages 7–12. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed February 16, 2009) (Publishers Weekly, vol 256, issue 7, p128)
  • /* Starred Review */ If you lived on Shipshape Street in a town called Neatasapin, you might want a very untidy bunny for a pet too. A bunny is what Emmaline wants, and she wants it "most mostly." Mayor Orson Oliphant, however, has banned all potential mess-makers, including bunnies, spaghetti, jelly doughnuts and even trees (he calls them "leaf litterers"). He would banish the puddle-splashing, dirt-digging, "scoot-skedaddling" Emmaline if he could get away with it. When Emmaline's hankering for a furry friend becomes downright painful, her parents finally agree to defy the mayor, un-pave their yard and create a suitably lush habitat to lure their daughter's longed-for bunny from the wilds of nearby Untidy. With playful, alliterative, fun-to-read-aloud language ("Whackadoodlewhipperpoo," for example) and its fantastical storyline, this winning, 32-chapter novelette recalls the magical whimsy of Roald Dahl. The author's winsome watercolors lend an ethereal quality to this sweet, funny story that respectfully maps the warrens of a child's psyche as it celebrates the glorious mess that is nature. (Fiction. 7-10) (Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2009)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
305529
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hannigan, Katherine
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • 540L
  • Decoding demand: 75 (high)
  • Semantic demand: 92 (very high)
  • Syntactic demand: 61 (high)
  • Structure demand: 80 (high)
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Interest level
LG
LC call number
PZ7.H19816
LC item number
Em 2009
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 2
  • 4
Reading level
3.1
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Orderliness
  • Cleanliness
  • Individuality
  • Loneliness
  • Rabbits
  • Orderliness
  • Cleanliness
  • Individuality
  • Loneliness
  • Rabbits
Target audience
primary
Label
Emmaline and the bunny, Katherine Hannigan
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
730784
Dimensions
19 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
94 pages
Isbn
9780061626548
Isbn Type
(trade bdg.)
Lccn
2008012639
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780061626548
  • (OCoLC)228427115
Label
Emmaline and the bunny, Katherine Hannigan
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
730784
Dimensions
19 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
94 pages
Isbn
9780061626548
Isbn Type
(trade bdg.)
Lccn
2008012639
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780061626548
  • (OCoLC)228427115

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