Once upon a time, an extra large Easter egg fell gently to Earth. Three friends found the egg and watched in amazement as—with a puff of steam—an extra-large baby bunny popped out. The baby bunny grew and grew and grew until he was the size of a big friendly house, and the three friends named him Thunder Bunny because of the sound he made when he bounced. Thunder Bunny loved playing with his human friends, but he missed his big fluffy cloud family in the sky.
In his fourth book for children, Rodney Alan Greenblat takes readers on an amazing, high-bouncing journey through strange and spectacular lands in search of a place called Cloudland.
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PreSchool-Grade 3. Imagining a physicality for clouds is a pastime in which many children and adults partake. Greenblat attempts to capitalize on such an experience in this fantasy of a cloud come to life. Thunder Bunny grows larger than a house and sends three children?Artemis, who loves to draw; Specks, who loves to read and write; and Chops, who loves to talk?on a quest for his mother. Strapped to the rabbit's back, the youngsters hop to various fantastical lands such as "Chatterland," where everyone talks incessantly; "Scribblearia," an artist's colony of sorts; and eventually to "Cloudland," and readers can surmise what's there. The author's attempt at being clever in both his writing and illustrative style denies respect for young children's artistic and literary sensibilities. The story yearns for more content. The illustrations, although complementary to the text, fail to redeem the story as a whole. In fact, the garish colors and distorted features of the characters (Chops's oversized mouth and teeth and Specks's soda-bottle eyeglasses) could be frightening to some children.?Amelia Kalin, Valley Cottage Library, NY
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Cloud animals come to life in this surreal yarn, in which everyone and everything-from people to houses to sculptures-wears a cheerful grin. One day, "just after a thunderstorm," a giant painted egg falls to earth. Three children tend the egg (" 'I'll sit on it!' shouted Chops"), and a white bunny emerges. Thunder Bunny grows to "the size of a big friendly dog... a big friendly cow... a big friendly house." He becomes unhappy with terra firma, however, so the children climb on his back and soar into the air in search of his "mommy." Along the way, the adventurers hop from Chatterland, populated by gregarious green beings, to Scribblearia, where art is created by living Kandinsky- and Klee-like shapes. Greenblat (Uncle Wizzmo's New Used Car) tells the sort of frankly convoluted story a child might invent about a sky kingdom ("Cloudland was filled with all kinds of extra-large fluffy creatures"). The folksy narrative contrasts with the high-resolution, postmodern imagery, rendered in slick, airbrushed hues of Pepto-Bismol pink and plasticky baby blue. The whimsy here feels self-conscious. Ages 4-8.
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