Title: The Unfunny Bunny
Author: Adrian Beck and James Hart
Genre: Easter stories
Publisher: Penguin Random House/Puffin
Published: 1st March 2022
Synopsis: A most EGG-cellent Easter story by Adrian Beck and James Hart that will have the whole family laughing out loud.
’Twas the night before EASTER
When I spotted the BUNNY!
So I offered to help
Make the EGG HUNT more FUNNY!
Can some HARE-larity save a washed-out Easter weekend?
When the rain keeps her family stuck indoors, a girl decides everyone needs a bit of a laugh. So when she catches the Easter Bunny sneaking into the beach house, she can hardly contain her excitement: she’ll make her family’s egg hunt EGGS-tra funny! But does her prankish egg-planting go too far?
Full of Easter puns and pranks, sniggers and smiles, this beautifully illustrated picture book celebrates family and fun: it’s sure to be read year after year!
Easter is just around the corner, if the shops stocking hot cross buns would have us believe (and who can say no to months of hot cross buns and Cadbury Crème Eggs?), and it looks as though we’re starting to see some fabulous Easter books come out too. Here, we have a very Australian and hare-larious take on the Easter Long Weekend. Here in Australia, at least where I am, it often rains over Easter, and can be quite cold too. And this is where Adrian’s egg-cellent story begins: on a rainy Easter, with the family stuck inside. Our protagonist sets about telling the story and jokes – in the style of The Night Before Christmas, but with an Easter theme and in true Adrian Beck style, as many Easter, egg, and rabbit related puns as possible!
The young girl decides to help the Easter Bunny make her family’s Easter Egg hunt more fun, as they can’t go outside. But the poor bunny is also subjected to her barrage of jokes – and isn’t a very funny, or punny bunny! The delightful aspect of this book is the rhyming jokes, and Adrian’s ability to create a story with so few words based on a classic poem, and coupled with the delightful illustrations of James Hart. Together, they have created a story that readers of all ages will enjoy, and it is one that come Easter, I will be reading again, and sharing with people if possible. It’s a great book to slip into the Easter basket – alongside the chocolate, of course! (Just don’t get the chocolate on the book!)
It was one that arrived as a surprise, and I will always read an Adrian Beck book. He’s got a delightful way with humour and puns that makes this an egg-xtraordinary book for Easter, and the little funny bunnies that will be hopping around over the Easter weekend. I also loved the Easter egg covered end pages, and hope that many people enjoy this book, and take it into their homes.