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Henry and the Buccaneer Bunnies
Author: Carolyn Crimi
Illustrator: John Manders
Publisher: Candlewick Press

Here comes Henry swinging across the cover of this entertaining picture book and right into the hearts of every bookworm who has always wanted to be the one who saves the day. First, you have to imagine that bunny pirates can be so fearsome that all the other pirates on the seven seas tremble at the sight of “their long floppy ears and their fluffy white tails.” Illustrator John Manders makes it clear that these really are bad bunnies under the command of the baddest of all bunnies, Barnacle Black Ear, who just happens to be Henry’s dad. That filial relationship saves Henry from the gruesome fate he would likely meet when his book loving ways interfere with his piratical duties. No one on the ship has respect for Henry or his ideas, so when he attempts to warn of an approaching storm they don’t listen. Ship destroyed in the storm, the buccaneer bunnies find themselves stranded on an island and all of their treasure lost. Henry’s treasure chest full of his books is washed ashore, and Henry soon makes use of such delightful titles as 101 Things to Do with Palm Fronds and Coconuts and Quick ‘n’ Easy Meals for Marooned Pirates to take care of himself and all the bad bunnies. Henry transforms them into gentlebunnies who take to gardening, sandcastle building and, if the final illustration is proof, sunbathing and playing volleyball. Their transformation into book lovers is complete when they build a new ship from palm fronds to take them to the library at the Easter Islands.


Henry and the Buccaneer Bunnies

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