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Angus and the Cat by Marjorie Flack
Another Life by Charles Oberndorf
Austenland by Shannon Hale
Castway Cats by Lisa Wheeler
Chicka Chicka ABC by Bill Martin Jr. and Lois Ehlert
City of Light, City of Dark by Avi
Clifford the Small Red Puppy by Norman Bridwell
Constellation Chronicles: The Lost Civilization of Aries by Vincent Lowry review copy
Day of the Dragon-King (Magic Tree House #14) by Mary Pope Osborne
The Digital Plague by Jeff Somers
Dino-Dinners by Brita Granstrom
Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House #1) by Mary Pope Osborne
Don't Say Ain't by Irene Smalls
Do You Want to be My Friend? by Eric Carle
Emmaline and the Bunny by Katherine Hannigan
Esoteric City by Bruce Sterling
Evolution's Shore (aka Chaga) by Ian McDonald
Harriet and the Garden by Nancy Carlson
I Spy Fun House by Jean Marzollo
I Wish That I Had Duck Feet by Dr. Seuss
Jin Jin the Dragon by Grace Chang
Lizzi & Fredl: A Perilous Journey of Love and Faith by William B. Stanford
Logicist by Carol Emshwiller
Madeline and the Cats of Rome by John Bemelmans Marciano
The Mammy by Brendan O'Carroll
Minifred Goes to School by Mordicai Gerstein
Miss Pickerell and the Geigor Counter by Ellen MacGregor
The Napping House by Audrey and Don Wood
Nightwings by Robert Silverberg
One Yellow Lion by Matthew Van Fleet
Opera Cat by Tess Weaver
Queen Vernita Visits the Blue Ice Mountains by Dawn Menge
Riding High by John Francom and James Macgregor
Sassy by Gloria Mallette
The Stars Down Under by Sandra McDonald
Strange Reading by Grant Uden
The Sunless Countries by Karl Schroeder
Tarot Cafe Volume 1 by Sang-Sun Park
Tepper Isn't Going Out by Calvin Trillin
Tiger on a Tree by Anushka Ravishankar
Vacation Under the Volcano (Magic Tree House #13) by Mary Pope Osborne
The West End Horror by Nicholas Meyer
Where Is the Green Sheep by Mem Fox
Yoko's Paper Cranes by Rosemary Wells

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Comments for Emmaline and the Bunny

Emmaline and the Bunny (Link goes to Powells)Emmaline and the Bunny: 01/08/10

Emmaline and the Bunny by Katherine Hannigan is a delightful and quirky graphic novel I found at my local library.

Emmaline and her family have the misfortune of living in the town of Neatasapin. Imagine the worst of the planned communities where everything is the same and nothing is designed with children in mind. Imagine such a tidy place that even the wildlife has been driven out.

In the middle of all of this regimented living is Emmaline, a normal, healthy, rambunctious child. What she desperately wants is a pet who enjoys her love of playing in the dirt. She wants a bunny. As you can imagine, bunnies are not allowed in Neatasapin.

Emmaline's parents strike a deal with her. If she can be tidy for a month, they will find a way to get a rabbit for her. I expected at this point that Emmaline would fulfill her part of the bargain and her family would be forced to chose between Neatasapin and their daughter's happiness. The book though does something different with a guest appearance from an Old One (in terms of a deity or force of nature older than man who speaks for the well being of the earth). She isn't drawn as any particular Old One but her long braid and enigmatic way of speaking makes her like any number of possible Old Ones.

The appearance of the Old One turned my feelings from the book from mild enjoyment to all out love. How and what she teaches Emmaline (and by proxy her parents) brings home the importance of living with nature instead of at odds with it.

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