What? What did you say? Daydreaming the day away, many children do not listen too well, especially to their parents! Of course, video games do not help the matter at all. My daughter talks more than she listens most days, so it is hard to tell her instructions for things or rules of where we are as she is excitedly talking. We work on taking turns talking with our friends as they also have something to say.
I was a little distracted by this story book as it seemed like little Buddy had a hearing problem, caused possibly by those long heavy ears dropping down. I kept wanting Buddy to have a hearing test! He acts hard of hearing, always hearing the wrong thing or misinterpreting what people say to him. He doesn’t seem to be selectively ignoring his parents either.
In ”Listen, Buddy,” Buddy’s parents ask him to bring back squash, he brings the wash. A request for 15 tomatoes has Buddy getting 50 potatoes. His father says over and over to bring him a PEN!!! very loudly, but Buddy makes the mistake of bringing a hen. After all this time, his parents decide it is a good idea for Buddy to wander farther away from home. They do warn him to go left at the crossroad so as not to meet up with a scoundrel. (Now the reader wanders why his parents trusted him to listen when he hasn’t so far! A true uh oh moment…)
So Buddy goes right and right to the house of Scruffy Varmint who is hungry. Buddy stays and helps him gather what he needs for soup, but Scruffy Varmint has no patience for Buddy’s not listening and doing the wrong things. He puts flowers into the soup instead of flour, five inches of salt instead of pinches, and eventually pours all of the soup into the fire. Scruffy decides to eat Buddy then so off the little bunny goes, running as fast as he can. The last page of ”Listen, Buddy” shows Buddy bringing his parents exactly what they ask for!
A really cute book that parents will enjoy more than children. I can see this book scaring children! My daughter wasn’t scared, but said she did not like it as Buddy almost got eaten! She did enjoy Buddy mixing up his parents’ commands and laughed when he brought his father a hen instead of a pen. She recognized that all of his mistakes rhymed with the correct request. This 28-page book has two to 14 lines of text with a couple of pages having no text at all. The story in ”Listen, Buddy” itself does not rhyme, but some words do…like pen/hen, bed/bread, and so forth. The pictures are hilarious of a bunny family at home and outside. Some words are not written out, but shown in the picture…such as the hen is never mentioned, but we see Buddy bringing it to his father. His parents are surprised and frustrated by his mistakes. I wondered why they weren’t a bit worried about his hearing! These are full color cartoon bunnies acting like people.
Many parts of the book can be read LOUDLY to keep children’s interest. ”Listen, Buddy” is recommended for ages 1st grade and up depending on whether they frighten easily or not!
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