Betty Bunny Didn’t Do It by Michael B. Kaplan, illustrated by Stephane Jorisch
I’m a Betty Bunny fan, since I enjoy protagonists in children’s books who have a feel of being a real kid. Betty Bunny in this third book in the series breaks a lamp when her siblings refuse to play with her. When she is asked about it, she blames it on the Tooth Fairy. Betty Bunny thinks this works so very well that she’s surprised it hadn’t occurred to her to try it before. But things quickly unravel when her mother asks if she’s telling the truth. Betty admits to telling an “honest lie” and is sent to her room. Later, when a vase is broken, everyone in the family automatically blames Betty Bunny, but she really didn’t do it this time!
Betty Bunny is precocious for a four year old. I enjoy the way that Kaplan explains what Betty is thinking about her new ideas. Also, the family dynamics ring very honest with older siblings unwilling to play but all too willing to offer witty advice.
Jorisch’s illustrations have a great modern vibe to them. The bunny family is active and they dynamic lives appear clearly on the page. This has the trademark style of the earlier books with zingy writing and a naughty but quite charming little bunny at the center.
Fans of the earlier books in the series will find more to love here. This series is not for every reader or family as some will find the naughtiness less funny and more problematic. Appropriate for ages 4-6.
Reviewed from copy received from Dial Books.