Chubby Bunny

Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins/. Oct. 2023. 40p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780063011182.
PreS-Gr 2–Murphy (Dumplin’) makes a body-positive debut into the land of picture books with this this sweet story about loving yourself for who you are! Sweet Bunny Buns Barbara becomes the brunt of teasing when she participates in a marshmallow-eating contest and does entirely too well. Murphy captures the joyful essence of the young in Bunny and just as aptly the callous teasing of her classmates as they coin the taunt “Chubby Bunny” as a nickname. Bunny’s confidence is wounded by the negative connotation in the teasing of classmates, and she tries a variety of quirky endearing antics to distract from the moniker. A little grandmotherly encouragement in crafting Chubby Bunny as a neutral phrase, not a judgement, pushes Bunny to work through accepting and being confidently happy with who she is. Adorable, inclusive illustrations will draw many young readers in as they identify with one or more of the characters gracing the pages of this smart, fun, empowering story.
VERDICT A delightful book that is more than a school story, it takes on body positivity, childhood confidence, and SEL issues, making it a valued addition to any collection.

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