Bunny Loves to Read - Story Snug

Bunny Loves to Read / Bunny Loves to Write by Peter Bently, Emma Foster & Deborah Melmon

We would like to introduce Buster Bunny and two stories that we are currently enjoying – Bunny Loves to Read and Bunny Loves to Write. The stories introduce Buster, his sister Bella and their friends and feature Buster’s love of books. They are wonderful stories to include in the literacy curriculum as they promote enjoyment of reading and writing – the lack of enthusiasm that some of the characters have at the beginning of each story is replaced by interest and engagement as they realise that reading and writing is fun.

In both stories a variety of layouts are used for the bold, busy double spreads and small photos are incorporated into the illustrations. The easy to read text includes dialogue, speech bubbles and (in Bunny Loves to Write) a variety of fonts.

Bunny Loves to Read: Buster’s friends ask him to go outside to play but he wants to finish reading his book. When it starts to rain Buster finds books that will interest each of his friends and they become so engrossed that they want to finish reading before they go out again. In the garden, their games reflect the themes of the books they have read and they ask Buster if they can borrow more!

Bunny Loves to Read - Story Snug

Buster is a bookworm and this is reflected in the lovely cover illustration which shows him hugging a book. He does a great job of choosing books that are relevant to his friends’ interests and the themes of the books are universal, they include pirates and treasure and a book about a frog prince for his friend Francine (a frog). It’s great that the friends extend their enjoyment and experience of the books into their outdoor games and want to borrow more books (even Sam the Squirrel who to my daughter’s amusement likes to nibble books at the beginning of the story). Bunny Loves to Read gives young readers the message that books and reading are fun.

Age Range: 3 +

Author: Peter Bently / Illustrator: Deborah Melmon

Bunny Loves to Write: Buster’s teacher wants everybody in his class to write a story. Buster doesn’t have any ideas about what to write so he takes his notebook out so he can jot down ideas as they come to him. He meets several of his friends and his walk to the park gives him ideas for events that he can add to his story. Buster’s friends also make suggestions and when he gets to the park he starts to write. He reads the first part out loud and then his friends add their ideas to the story and help him to write it.

Bunny Loves to Write - Story Snug

Bunny Loves to Write is a fantastic book to use to introduce story writing in a literacy lesson. Buster’s notetaking to gain ideas for story writing is not just relevant to children but to any writer. It is on a walk to the park and through helping his friends that Buster finds his ideas, Francine’s picnic basket feels like a treasure chest and Max shouting ‘Boo’ gives Buster the idea of adding a scary element to his story. The story itself is handwritten in Buster’s notebook with accompanying stick illustrations and I love the way that different handwriting (including mistakes crossed out) is used for each character’s contribution to the story. It is a great story to show children how the writing process works and I love the enthusiasm that Buster and his friends show for the process. My daughter loves writing stories and now she wants a writing notebook just like Buster!

Age Range: 3 +

Author: Peter Bently / Illustrators: Emma Foster and Deborah Melmon

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10 responses to “Bunny Loves to Read / Bunny Loves to Write by Peter Bently, Emma Foster & Deborah Melmon”

  1. Cheryl Carpinello avatar

    Hi Catherine. These sound like great books. Kids love bunnies so these should appeal to them. Great way to introduce literacy to them. Thanks for sharing on the Kid Lid Blog Hop.

    1. Catherine avatar

      They are great books for introducing enjoyment of literacy and who can resist a cute bunny?! 🙂

  2. Julie Grasso avatar

    Great reviews Catherine, and really any book that has the protagonist reading and writing is a big yes for me. Thanks so much for bringing them to our attention on the Kid Lit Blog Hop. They remind me of Guess How Much I love You in the illustrations.

    1. Catherine avatar

      Buster does resemble Nutbrown Hare, I hadn’t noticed that before 🙂

  3. karen avatar

    this reminds me of my little guy…I think he would like these books…thanks for sharing.

    1. Catherine avatar

      You’re welcome, They’re both great stories, we can’t choose a favourite 🙂

  4. chantelle hazelden avatar

    My girls love speech bubbles in books, my eldest two have just started to use funny voices to distinguish the characters, these sound like great books to read as a family. thanks for linking up with #ReadWithMe I have tweeted and pinned this post x

    1. Catherine avatar

      I read both stories using different voices for each character 🙂

  5. Myrabev avatar

    Loved reading this post, was thinking what books I could buy my nephew and bunny sounds just perfect for our little reader, those his only 18 months he likes big boy books x

    1. Catherine avatar

      He’ll like the pictures and I’m sure he’ll enjoy the story too. I read all sorts of different books to my daughter when she was 18 months 🙂