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Listen, Buddy
Contributor(s): Munsinger, Lynn (Illustrator), Lester, Helen (Author)

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ISBN: 0395854024     ISBN-13: 9780395854020
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: March 1997
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Annotation: Scatterbrained Buddy takes a wrong turn and ends up face to face with a Scruffy Varmint who sets him to work making soup. But Buddy isn't very good at following directions. Will he learn to listen before it's too late? Full color.

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes - General (see Also Headings Under Family)
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals - Rabbits
Dewey: E
LCCN: 94033634
Lexile Measure: 520(Not Available)
Guided Reading: M (Grade 2)
Series: Laugh-Along Lessons
Physical Information: 0.1" H x 8.2" W x 9.4" (0.25 lbs) 32 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 17274
Reading Level: 2.7   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
 
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Publisher Description:
A hilarious romp about a bunny who just can't seem to listen. He is constantly confusing instructions. For example, when his parents ask for a slice of bread, he saws off a piece of his bed. But everything changes when he takes a wrong turn and meets up with Scruffy Varmint.

Contributor Bio(s): Lester, Helen: -

Helen Lester has written many hilarious and popular picture books, including the Tacky the Penguin series and Hooway for Wodney Wat. She lives in New York. www.helenlester.com

Munsinger, Lynn: - Lynn Munsinger has illustrated more than ninety books for children, many written by her frequent collaborator, Helen Lester. She lives in Vermont.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Spring)
Despite extra-long ears, rabbit Buddy garbles his parents' requests: his father asks for a pen, Buddy brings him a hen, etc. After straying into the den of a hungry bear, Buddy finally learns the value of paying attention. Munsinger's watercolor and ink illustrations are full of amusing details, but the story misses its mark by not making clear that Buddy has a listening, not a hearing, problem. A free audio version is available on the publisher's website.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 1996)
Despite his extra-long ears, Buddy the rabbit garbles all his parents' requests -- when his father asks for a pen, he brings him a hen, and so forth. After straying into the den of a hungry bear, Buddy finally learns the value of paying attention. Munsinger's watercolor and ink illustrations are full of amusing details, but the story misses its mark by failing to make clear that Buddy has a listening, not a hearing, problem. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1995 July #4)
His ears are enormous, but listening is not the forte of a bunny named Buddy. And his misinterpretations of his parents's requests make for the sort of silly confusion that youngsters love: when his father asks for a pen, Buddy drags in a disgruntled hen; instead of the slice of bread his mother wants, Buddy turns up with the sawed-off headboard from a bed. Taking his first solo "long hop," Buddy forgets whether he is supposed to take a left or a right when the road forks. He selects the wrong route, of course, and ends up at the cave of the Scruffy Varmint, where he unleashes merry mayhem in trying to help that cranky creature cook soup. After the varmint decides that he'd rather eat stew made from "the Bunnyrabbit who never listens," Buddy hears him loud and clear. If lacking the all-out pizazz of Lester and Munsinger's Tacky the Penguin, this sprightly paced tale amiably nudges kids whose direction-following skills need some honing. Munsinger's watercolors-and Buddy's comical expressions in particular-are characteristically entertaining. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 1995 Cahners Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1995 November)
PreS-K?There is a lovely, subtle message here for young children. Buddy is a rabbit whose father has a big nose?he is a great sniffer; whose mother has beautiful teeth?she is a great chomper. Buddy has beautiful, big lop-ears, but he mishears everything his parents say to him, including their directions for his first long hop?solo. Instead of the path to the left and the pond, he takes the path to the right straight to the cave of Scruffy Varmint. In a chuckle-inducing episode, Scruffy directs Buddy to gather ingredients to make soup and the young rabbit's faulty hearing serves him well, although he barely escapes becoming the main ingredient himself. Safely home, Buddy's listening skills are greatly improved. Expressive drawings convey the perplexity of parents weary of reminding a child to listen and extend the text with humorous asides. Sure to bring laughs at story time.?Virginia Opocensky, formerly at Lincoln City Libraries, NE
 
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