Friday, February 24, 2017

Bunjitzsu Bunny: Jumps to the Moon by John Himmelman –ADVISABLE

Himmelman, John Bunjitzsu Bunny: Jumps to the Moon 117 pgs. Henry Holt, 20. $13.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G Violence: G
Isabel a bunny who is also a great at martial arts, so she is nicknamed Bunjitsu Bunny! But she always tries to make sure she uses her fighting moves as a last option. This book is a set of short chapters that are each their own stories about Isabel. Each little story features a dash of wisdom, reminiscent of Aesop’s fables. This is the third book, but they can be read in any order, even the chapters within each book can be read in any order. Features simple black, white, and red illustrations.
The little bits of advice were gently folded into some really fun little adventures which featured martial arts. My favorite is when she’s finds a message in a bottle and tries to go help whoever wrote the note, which doesn’t go very well. Until she realizes that the message was written by a creature inside of the bottle, who still needs her help! The lesson: “Sometimes we run around in circles when the answer is right under our nose” Awesome! I think students will be drawn to the bright cover and the martial arts component but then find themselves learning something great, indirectly (aka sneakily). 

EL (K-3), EL –ADVISABLE Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.

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