Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Splash! by Candace Fleming, illustrated by G. Brian Karas

In 2002, Candace Fleming, along with the superb illustrations of G. Brian Karas, created a story of hungry bunnies and a determined farmer that call to mind Farmer MacGregor and Peter Rabbit. While the competition can be fierce, Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! is ultimately a story where everyone wins. In Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Hide!, the rabbits are back and looking for a warm place to spend the winter - Farmer McGreely's cozy house! As with the first book, the competition escalates, but a detente is reached. What makes these stories especially fun and memorable (and great for repeated re-readings) is Fleming's onomatopoetic text and loose rhymes, which make a return in Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Splash!

Farmer McGreely decides to get away from his bunny problems ("He had bunnies in his garden. Bunnies in his shed. Bunnies in his cupboard. Bunnies in his  . . . BED!") and spend the day at the beach where he will "search for shells, fly a kite in the sky, surf on the waves, and build a big, tall sand castle." But, with a "tippy-tippy-tippy, pat!" and a "Click-clap-snap!" the bunnies are safely, secretly, buckled into the backseat and headed to the beach with Farmer McGreely.

Once he discovers the stowaways, McGreely is determined not to let them spoil the fun day he has planned. However, it seems that everything McGreely does, the bunnies do better. 

Furious, McGreely shouts, "Blast you twitchwhiskers!" and stomps off to the sand castle competition where it turns out that the bunnies and the farmer work together to build the winning sand castle! The prize? A free lunch at the Veggie Hut where the team shares a giant carrot and lettuce sub - "Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!"

Fleming and Karas are also the creators of the brilliant Clever Jack Takes the Cake that is a cross between a fairy tale and a fable and a must-have.

The multi-award winning Fleming is a fantastic picture book, but she is also a superb author of biographies, including the absorbing scrapbook style book, The Lincolns and Amelia Lost.

Fleming's middle grade novels include the hilarious The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School and the goosebump-raising collection of short ghost stories, On the Day I Died.

Source: Review Copy

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