Rhyming Dust Bunnies

17 08 2012

I’ve seen children’s picture books where the main characters are just about any animal you can imagine – birds, fish, dogs, cats, mice, hippos, elephants, bears…  I’ve seen the less cute, less popular animals star in their own books – manatees, jellyfish, yaks… I’ve seen inanimate objects as the protagonist in a kids book – toasters, cars, candles, tea cups, a tug boat, and countless choochoo trains.

However, never in a million years did would I have ever thought that the protagonists in a kid book would be a group of dust bunnies.  Yet, it works.  In Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas, the four main characters are little blobs of dust, dirt, and debris that you’d sweep out from under your couch, with bunny ears and a fondness for rhyming.  Ned, Ted, Ed, and Bob love to rhyme.  Alright, Bob doesn’t play along with the others.

Every time Ed, Ned, and Ted try to teach kids a new rhyme, Bob shouts out some nonsense that doesn’t rhyme, doesn’t fit in the lesson, and appears to come out of nowhere.  It’s not out of nowhere.  Bob’s trying to warn his pals that the natural enemy of the dust bunny, the vacuum cleaner, is out on the prowl.

This is a funny, clever little book that my kids really enjoyed.  I’ll definitely be looking for more Jan Thomas books on our next library visit.

I’m on a mission.  I’m trying to finish 90 books in the 90 days over summer break.  Rhyming Dust Bunnies was #73.  

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