Seney on Books: The Knuffle Bunny Phenomenon

While working on another project, I discovered that Mo Willems has published the third book in his (and his daughter’s!) Knuffle Bunny Series. Mo Willems broke onto the picture-book scene with Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus (2003, Hyperion Books), a Caldecott Honor book in 2004. Eight more Pigeon books followed, but the first remains one of my all-time favorites. Additional awards for his books include two moreCaldecott Honors, twoGeisel Medals, and fiveGeisel Honors.

What makes Willems’ work truly significant is not just his characteristic artwork, but the poignant messages that we find in both text and illustration. This is especially true in the three-book Knuffle Bunny series:

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale (2004, Hyperion...


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About Bob Seney

Professor Emeritus Bob Seney is retired from teaching in the Masters of Gifted Studies Program at Mississippi University for Women. He has been 2e Newsletter's children's book columnist since 2007. Reach him at [email protected]