Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems

POINTS: 3 out of 10.

Bechdel: 0 points
Variety of characters: 1 point
Good story:  2 points
Discretionary ideological points: 0 points

This is another one of those “very beloved toy goes missing” stories. I’m not entirely sure why it’s a “cautionary tale”, unless it’s cautionary to parents along the lines of “don’t bloody lose the important toy, ya dingbat”.

It’s pretty adorable. Trixie’s failed attempts to communicate the problem to her dad will be familiar to any parent of a small human. As will the bawling and bonelessness. It’s a neat little story, with its roots firmly in real life parenting.

No Bechdel pass, though, alas. And I’ve given it the diversity point, for having at least a couple of people of colour in the background, but once again the main story is about a nuclear white family. I also find myself slightly annoyed at the implications involved in Trixie’s dad having NO IDEA what her problem is, whereas her mother knows right the hell away. *sigh* This again? Really?

But apart from those minor gripes, it is a pretty cute little tale. Personally, I was not as taken with this as I was with Willems’ Pigeon book, but it’s okay. Certainly worth a read.



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