Perfect Picture Book Friday -Ninja Bunny Sister vs. Brother

Can you believe it?

It seems like only yesterday we were bidding each other happy summer, and now here we are, back at school, and back to Perfect Picture Book Fridays!

As you all well know, I live on Blueberry Hill (i.e. The Back of Beyond, The Boonies, The Middle Of Nowhere, The Untamed Wilderness… you know 🙂 )

Here on Blueberry Hill we have all manner of wild life.  Turkeys and Great Blue Herons.  Bobcats and Martens.  Coyotes and Black Bears.  Raccoons and Opossums and Skunks.  White-Tailed Deer.  Snakes of all kinds.  Pretty much every single member of the marmot family 🙂  You get the idea.

But what we haven’t had for years are rabbits.

No idea why.

But this year, for no discernible reason, they have made quite a comeback, proliferating as only rabbits can.  Suddenly there are cottontails abounding in every little thicket.

So although none (that I know of!) are ninjas, my fall kick-off PPBF choice is all about bunnies 🙂


Title: Ninja Bunny Sister vs. Brother

Written & Illustrated By: Jennifer Gray Olson

Alfred A. Knopf Books For Young Readers, September 13 2016, Fiction

Suitable For Ages: 3-7

Themes/Topics: sibling rivalry, teamwork

Opening: “Look!  It’s the Golden Carrot of Awesomeness!  We are the only ones super sneaky enough to find it – and unlock its powers of greatness.

Brief Synopsis: Ninja Bunny is on a mission to get the Golden Carrot of Awesomeness, assured of success until his little sister insists on tagging along.

Links To Resources: Kid-Friendly Carrot Recipes (including carrot apple salad, creamy carrot rice, and carrot cake pancakes); Rabbit-Themed Activities And Crafts; Rabbit Coloring Pages; Facts About Ninjas; pair with other Ninja titles such as Corey Rosen Schwartz’s Ninja Red Riding Hood, The Three Ninja Pigs and Hensel And Gretel: Ninja Chicks, and Alex Latimer’s The Boy Who Cried Ninja, or with other sneaky bunny books such as Candace Fleming’s Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!

Why I Like This Book: Sweetly humorous, this story perfectly embodies the struggles of older siblings everywhere who have to put up with their little sisters and brothers, and younger siblings everywhere who have to fight to be included.  It also lets young readers figure out that sometimes siblings work better together and that everyone has talents, skills or attributes that can be helpful and appreciated.  The illustrations are quirky, cute and appealing – a perfect complement to the spare text.

I hope you like it as much as I do 🙂

For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

PPBF folks, please add your titles and post-specific links (and any other info you feel like filling out 🙂 ) to the form below so we can all come see what fabulous picture books you’ve chosen to share this week!  (And I’m out of practice with this, so fingers crossed I set it up right! 🙂 )

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!! 🙂

38 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday -Ninja Bunny Sister vs. Brother

  1. Patricia Tilton says:

    Good to be connecting again! Perhaps all the critters are munching on bunnies. You have to be aware where you live! 🙂

    What a sweet book with a great theme about siblings learning to work together. Love the cover!

  2. Sue Heavenrich says:

    Yay! It’s PPBF! And bunnies! I want to read that book – we’ve had rabbits all over this summer and last week I was rescuing baby bunnies from tall grass before the mower got there. Babies! This late in the season…. Well, I’m glad to be back and have a couple of fun books to share. Can’t wait to see what other folks are sharing.

  3. ptnozell says:

    Welcome back – to you & the wee bunnies! I think the bunnies must have been hiding across the state line here in CT, as we certainly had our share this summer. Groundhogs, too. And chipmunks – loads of them.

    This looks like a fun read. Thanks for sharing!

  4. David McMullin says:

    The bunnies are everywhere here in Las Vegas too. We’re tripping over them.

    I have just added this title to my library queue. Looks fun.

  5. Diane Tulloch says:

    Love the cover Susanna. Love bunnies I only hope nothing was eating them before. Boy am I glad you are back. As you can tell by my post I have lots to be glad about this time of year. Not the least…. summer is around the corner…whoohooo!! Sorry 😉 🙂

    • Susanna Leonard Hill says:

      Glad you like it, Diane! And so lovely to see you again! ❤ I don't think anything was eating them before… I think they just figured out there were some excellent thickets that were uninhabited and moved in! 🙂 Yay for summer! I don't even mind because we have the lovely weeks of autumn to look forward to before we have to worry about winter 🙂

  6. Angela Brown says:

    Goody! Comments have chosen to work for me today. This book combines the sneaky-cool of ninjas and cuteness of bunnies so that is a win-win to me.

    Just know that even if I’m not commenting, I’m still trying 🙂

  7. ThisKidReviewsBooks says:

    YAY! IT’S BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!![Hi! I’m going to pause this celebratory shout to say that the book looks fabulous, and I hope the bunnies behave around your garden!]!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    • Susanna Leonard Hill says:

      Hellllooooooo Erik! So great to see you again! You know, oddly enough, the bunnies don’t come into my yard. I have a sneaking suspicion it has something to do with the fact that the dogs chase them mercilessly…! 🙂

  8. ingridboydston says:

    Knee deep in kindergartners over here and I am here to tell you they LOVE bunnies AND ninjas! I will certainly be on the look out for this title. The cover illustration is so compelling I can’t wait to see what’s waiting inside. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  9. julie rowan zoch says:

    Sorry it took me so long to comment – the book looks like a lot of fun, Susanna! But after mentioning all those predators on Blueberry Hill you don’t know why you didn’t see rabbits? Now they must have defensive ninja skills!

    • Susanna Leonard Hill says:

      No worries, Julie! I’m taking longer to comment than you! 🙂 And rabbits are crafty! They’re supposed to avoid all the predators! They certainly don’t have any trouble outsmarting my dogs – it’s down right comical to watch those “chases” 🙂

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