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Find more It's Rough Being Stuffed
Whether it’s named Huggy, Fluffy, or Bear, a child’s favorite stuffed animal is not to be messed with. But, alas, toys always go missing—and it’s always cause for panic. In these eight picture books, all terrific whodunits for the blankie-loving crowd, there are stuffie snatchers on the loose, including the obvious suspect (family dog) and a surprise delinquent (pink bear).
Babbit. By Lydia Monks. Illus. by the author. 2013. IPG/Egmont, paper, $8.99 (9781405254236). PreS–Gr. 1.
Babbit, a stuffed blue rabbit, lives with the Big One and the Little One—the latter of whom is “not really very good” at looking after him. During a picnic outing, Babbit is snatched by a witch, a pink bear, a crocodile, and a dragon. Will he be rescued by his owners before the witch eats “his little fluffy tail”?
Have You Seen Duck? By Janet A. Holmes. Illus. by Jonathan Bentley. 2011. Scholastic/Cartwheel, $8.99 (9780545224888). PreS–PreS.
With the turn of a page, Duck is gone. His boy owner asks the shopkeeper, the postman (“He smells like a blanket”), and the bus driver if they’ve seen him, but no luck. A series of sad pictures shows the boy alone and resistant to his parents, who try to take his mind off his stuffed animal. Where, oh where, is Duck?
I Must Have Bobo! By Eileen Rosenthal. Illus. by Marc Rosenthal. 2011. Atheneum, $14.99 (9781442403772). PreS–K.
Here we have a boy, Willy, his beloved stuffed monkey, Bobo, and a gray cat named Earl. When Bobo goes missing, one guess as to who’s behind the monkey-napping.
Knuffle Bunny. By Mo Willems. Illus. by the author. 2004. Hyperion, $16.99 (9780786818709). PreS–Gr. 1.
On a father-daughter trip to the Laundromat, before toddler Trixie “could even speak words,” Daddy distractedly tosses her favorite stuffed bunny into the wash and forgets about it. Unfortunately, Trixie’s desperate cries (“aggle flaggle klabble”) come across as meaningless baby talk, so she pitches a fit until Mommy and abashed Daddy figure out what’s up.
Loopy. By Aurore Jesset. Illus. by Barbara Korthues. 2008. North-South, $16.95 (9780735821750). PreS–Gr. 2.
A nameless young child realizes that stuffed rabbit Loopy has been left at the doctor’s office. What if another child finds Loopy? What if Loopy is thrown into the garbage? The child imagines a host of horrific what-ifs and isn’t consoled by Mother’s suggestion to sleep with another toy.
Maybe a Bear Ate It. By Robie H. Harris. Illus. by Michael Emberley. 2008. Scholastic/Orchard, $15.99 (9780439929615). PreS–Gr. 2.
A whiskered critter (possibly a kitty) clad in striped pajamas is ready for bed. He climbs among his blankets with his book and his stuffed toys, which include a bat, a shark, and a bear. He opens his book and reads, but in the midst of a yawn, the book disappears. Chewing on the corner of his blankie, he mourns its loss. Has it been stolen by a bat? Swallowed by a shark? Eaten by a bear?
My Special One and Only. By Joe Berger. Illus. by Joe Berger. 2012. Dial, $16.99 (9780803734104). PreS–Gr. 2.
Captain Cat is missing! A frantic search through a toy store ensues as young Bridget skids into boxes (“KABOOF!”), lands in a display window, has a frustrated tantrum, and then sobs with despair (“He’s lost forever and I can’t go on without him”). But someone has spied the orange feline . . .
Olivia and the Missing Toy. By Ian Falconer. Illus. by the author. 2003. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum/Anne Schwartz, $17.99 (9780689852916). PreS–Gr. 1.
Olivia’s stuffed animal is nowhere to be found. She looks everywhere, even under the cat. It’s only after the lights go out during a dark and stormy night that she discovers the real culprit. A marvelous foldout reveals the “monster” that captured her “best toy.”
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