Knuffle Bunny

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Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale
Author Mo Willems
Translator (kuh-nuffle-bunny)
Country United States
Language English
Series Knuffle Bunny Series
Genre children's books
picture books
Publisher Hyperion Books
Publication date
Pages 36
ISBN 978-0-7868-1870-9
OCLC 55606208
[E] 22
LC Class PZ7.W65535 Knu 2004
Followed by Knuffle Bunny Too

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale is a children's picture book by Mo Willems. Released by Hyperion Books in 2004, an illustrated version of the book won the 2005 Caldecott Honor. The story also spawned an animated short, which won the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children's Video in 2007. In August 2007, the sequel, Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity was published. The sequel follows the main character, Trixie, from the original Knuffle Bunny, three years later. Finally, in September 2010, Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion was released, completing the trilogy.[1][2] The final instalment features an epilogue in which Willems sends a poignant message to his real daughter Trixie,[3] wishing her well in her future as an adult.

A 'Knuffle Bunny' plush has been released by the Yottoy Productions Inc.

This book was also adapted into a musical, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical, by Willems, Michael Silversher, and Deborah Wicks La Puma.[4] It toured with the Kennedy Center to cities all across the United States.[5]


Trixie steps lively as she goes with her father to the laundromat, down the block, through the park, past the school, and to the Laundromat. For the toddler, loading and putting money into the machine invoke wide-eyed pleasure. But, on the return home, she realizes that her stuffed bunny has been left behind. Because she cannot talk, Trixie cannot explain why she is upset to her daddy. Despite his plea of "please don't get fussy," she gives it her all, bawling and going "boneless." They both arrive home unhappy. Mom immediately sees that "Knuffle Bunny" is missing. The three run back to the laundromat and after several tries, Trixie's dad finds the toy among the wet laundry and reclaims hero status. The toddler exuberantly exclaims, "Knuffle Bunny!!!"


Kirkus Reviews wrote "The natural audience for this offering is a little older than its main character: they will easily identify with Trixie’s grief and at the same time feel superior to her hapless parent—and rejoice wholeheartedly at the happy reunion."[6] Publishers Weekly asserted that Willems "creates an entertaining story for parents and children alike." and "once again demonstrates his keen insight with a story both witty and wise."[7] Common Sense Media described it "a charming book for all ages"[8] and Inis magazine of Children's Books Ireland wrote "Mo Willems’s book has a unique style that draws you in."[9]


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  6. ^ "Knuffle Bunny A cautionary Tale". Kirkus Media LLC. 1 August 2004. Retrieved 30 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale". PWxyz LLC. Retrieved 30 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale". Common Sense Media Inc. Retrieved 30 September 2015. 
  9. ^ Quinn, Sine. "Knuffle Bunny". Inis Magazine. Children's Books Ireland (13). Retrieved 30 September 2015.