THE BOOKS

​P.J. Funnybunny is the star of over a dozen children's books. His very first title, "It's Not Easy Being a Bunny", was the recipient of an International Reading Association Classroom Choice Award and was named one of the Top 100 Children's Books of All-Time!  His books have also been included in the Dr. Seuss Beginner Book Series as well as Random House's Step into Reading Series.  Zenon Kar is the live-action star of three Disney Channel Original Movies.  She is also the stellar star of her own series of chapter books with Random House!

It's Not East Being a Bunny

ISBN-978-0-394-86102-9  (ages 3 and up)

"Sick of being a bunny, P.J. Funnybunny takes off to become a bear. Hibernation gets dull, so he tries being a bird.  And so it goes, with beavers, pigs, possums and skunks-till P.J. realizes that bunnyhood is for him.  The short, repeating text is ideal for beginners and the bright, humorous cartoons will get immediate attention."

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Honey Bunny Funnybunny

ISBN-978-0-679-88181-0  (ages 3 and up)

It's not easy being Honey Bunny Funnybunny-P.J. Funnybunny's little sister.  Like most big brothers, P.J. loves to tease and play jokes on his little sister. Poor, patient Honey Bunny puts up with almost everything. But the jokes stop short when P.J. paints the sleeping Honey Bunny's face bright green.  Mr. and Mrs. Funnybunny are hopping mad. From now on, things are going to be different in the Funnybunny household! But does Honey Bunny really want something different?

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P.J. Funnybunny Camps Out

ISBN-978-0-679-83269-0  (ages 4 and up)

Camping is not for girls, right?  At least that's what P.J. and his pals tell Donna Duck and Honey Bunny when they want to tag along on a camping trip.  But when two mysterious ghosts frighten the boys all the way home, only the girls know the true story.

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Honey Bunny's Honey Bear

ISBN-978-0-375-84326-6  (ages 4 and up)

In this delightful story, Honey Bunny Funnybunny likes Eddy Bear even though he never notices her.  She wears her prettiest dress, tries to play ball with him and even makes him a valentine-all to no avail. But Honey Bunny's questions are answered and her heart mended in a surprise ending sure to please children and parents alike!

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P.J. Funnybunny's Bag of Tricks

ISBN-978-0-375-82444-9  (ages 4 and up)

P.J. Funnybunny's dad brings him a special present: a magic kit! P.J. studies all the tricks and does them just right.  So why are his family  and friends bored with his tricks?  P.J. decides to show them the best trick of all-by disappearing himself!

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Honey Bunny Funnybunny

ISBN-978-0-375-83370-0  (ages 2 and up)

Honey Bunny Funnybunny has lots and lots and lots of money.  Some she saves, some she spends on herself and some she spends on her friends.  In this delightful rhyming book about spending and saving, the bear gets a chair, the fly gets some pie and, of course, the fox gets some socks.

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The Parakeet Girl

ISBN-0-679-87289-2  (ages 6 and up)

The language is simple, but the pet story takes lots of unexpected twists and turns in this Step into Reading book with exuberant cartoon illustrations. Emma wants a pet, but the puppy prefers Emma's mom, the kitten makes Emma sneeze and the goldfish doesn't seem happy to see her. Henry, the parakeet, turns out to be the perfect pet until Emma's brother gets a parakeet too, and everything changes.  New readers will see that a story can surprise you, and they will appreciate the expressive pictures that show Emma's bond with her pet (perched on top of her head, he is a great hit when she takes him to school) and Emma's sadness when things don't go right.​

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Zenon Kar, Spaceball Star

The Kindle Edition (Grades 2-4)

She's a typical 21st century elementary school kid-who lives on a space station high above Earth!  Zenon is so excited!  She made the spaceball team! Spaceball is a kind of zero-gravity volleyball.  Players wear jet-packs to zoom around the court.  Unfortunately, Zenon's not so good at it.  Game after game, she sits on the bench.  Her only hope is Grebba Kahn, who offers to help Zenon with her moves.  But Zenon's friends don't like Grebba.  They call her "the Hulk".  Now Zenon worries, If I start hanging out with Grebba, what will my friends call ME!

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Stuck on Earth

The Kindle Edition (Grades 2-4)

To Zenon, Earth is just another planet.  Sure, she's learned about it in galactic geography, but she hasn't actually lived there since she was a baby.  That's why she's so excited about  the big school trip.  Her teacher is taking Zenon's entire Quantum Elementary class to Earth for a week!  But when Zenon gets there, it's not at all what she expected.  And to make matters worse, she gets separated from her group.  Now Zee's about to find out what it's like to be stuck on Earth!  ​

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The Trouble With Fun

The Kindle Edition (Grades 2-4)

When an important ​Earth scientist visits Space Station 9, Zenon agrees to entertain his daughter, Teena.  At first Zee's job is easy.  Teena seems polite and well-behaved.  But when the adults turn their backs, she changes completely.  All Teena cares about is having fun, even if it means breaking all sorts of space station rules!  Zenon wants to be a good hostess.  And she like to have fun.  But the trouble with fun is knowing which kinds will get you into trouble!

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    Pass It On!​

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Sadler gives cockamamie treatment to this barnyard variant on the game of telephone.  "Cow is stuck in the fence." Or was it "Cow and Hen had good luck"? No matter: "Pass it on!" Now it’s "A good duck gave cow a penny." The game is one of those deeply amusing exposés of the corruption of information as it is passed along. Sadler’s approach to the game is humorous and artful: She twists and fractures the words in delightful fashion, sometimes from what appears to be mishearing, sometimes from embroidery or exaggeration. The cumulative errors result in a fine and farcical ending. Without putting a heavy hand on the proceedings, Sadler illustrates just how inaccuracies in communication can lead to utter balderdash, as they might in gossip and rumormongering. Slack’s accompanying artwork crackles with energy and color, and the barnyard creatures have a high degree of personality. Each instance of passing it on has at least two windows of activity, one depicting the act itself and the other what the corruption would look like. Though it is supposed to be a silent game—and here it is anything but that—this rendering of the childhood favorite captures the essence of its illuminating comedy.

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Who knew pigs were such telephone fanatics? Or bees, cows and dogs for that matter — all of them equally apt to get everything wrong. In this rendition of barnyard telephone, events are spurred into motion when a cow gets stuck on a fence (by her rump; it’s that kind of book). When Bee tells Frog to pass the news along, the frog senselessly alters the message: “Cow put a duck in the tent. Pass it on!” he tells a bewildered pig. Each message is escalated into greater heights — or depths — of absurdity, gleefully depicted in Slack’s retro Tibor Gergely-style illustrations. In the end, Pig helps set things right.​

 

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