Reviews for There's No One I Love Like You


Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall
When Mama Bunny insists he get up to do his chores, Brayden decides he'd rather live with his friends. He tries out several homes, but something still isn't right--there's "a strange jabbing in his bunny heart," because, predictably, he misses his own family. Brayden's motivation to run away is underdeveloped, but the homey illustrations depict the critters' dwellings in fine detail.

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Kirkus Reviews 2012 November #1
In this German import, a bunny is convinced that living with his friends will be easier and more enjoyable than obeying the rules at home. Late one morning, Brayden is reluctant to get out of bed, pick up his toys, wash his whiskers or play with his sisters. He grumbles to his mother, "I wish I could go live with my friends.…I wouldn't have to do chores." When his mother asks him if this is really what he wants to do, he picks up his backpack and leaves. All of Brayden's friends' families warmly welcome him, but no one scratches his ears "like Mommy does." No place is exactly right: Missy Mouse's house is too messy, with toys everywhere; Benny Badger's family smells "a little funny" because they never wash up; Fipsi Squirrel's home is too high up in the tree to climb. Cousin Pepi's house seems perfect until Brayden gets "a curious lump in his bunny throat,…an odd tugging in his bunny tummy [and] a strange jabbing in his bunny heart." Readers will immediately understand what is happening--he is missing his home and his mommy. Soon, Brayden returns, and Mommy Bunny lovingly welcomes him with a perfect scratch on his ears. Langreuter and Dahle's gentle story fails to cover any new ground, but readers will relate to Brayden's experience and perhaps develop a better appreciation for the comforts and rules of home. (Picture book. 4-7) Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2013 February

PreS-K--Brayden Bunny is tired of his life with his family. He's tired of picking up his toys, washing his whiskers, and doing his hippity-hop jumping jacks. Seeking a life of ease, he declares his intention to go live with his friends Missy Mouse, Benny Badger, Fipsi Squirrel, and Cousin Pepi. One by one, however, he finds each household disappointing. Missy's house is too messy, the badgers' too smelly, and the squirrels' too inaccessible. Cousin Pepi's house is fine, but it's missing something intangible. Predictably, Brayden runs home to his mother, who scratches his ears "as only Mommy Bunny could." As a runaway fantasy, this book seems to serve adult readers more effectively than children, inelegantly driving home the point that rules exist for a reason. The didacticism weighs down a story that is fairly slight to begin with. The watercolor illustrations are warm and rich in cheerful domestic detail, but the text is average. Still, it may be popular with caregivers looking for a book to teach the perennial lesson that the grass is always greener in someone else's family. An additional purchase.--Rachael Vilmar, Eastern Shore Regional Library, Salisbury, MD

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