Review sponsored* by Notable Kids Publishing
The Children’s Book Review | March 18, 2019
Illustrated by Peter Trimarco
Age Range: 3-7
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Notable Kids Publishing (March 12, 2019)
What to expect: Talent Show, Spring Time, Dancing, Self-Discovery, and Bunnies
Third in the It’s Just So … series, It’s Just a Bunnypaloozais a toe-tapping picture book. In it, bubbly Lizzy discovers a new talent inspired by a bunch of adorable bunnies, but not before dealing with a little bit of self-doubt.
The Spring Jamboree Show is coming up and Lizzy looks to the animals in her backyard to help her discover a special talent. Will she chirp like the birds, bugle like the moose, hoot like an owl, twirl like squirrels, or hang upside down like the opossums? No. It’s the “jig fabulo romp” of the bunnies that captures Lizzy’s heart. However, when she hears the kids at school giggle about her bunny dance, Lizzy begins to doubt herself and her fun little jive. The bunnies don’t give up on her, though, and soon Lizzy finds that if she listens to her imaginative heart she certainly does have what it takes to create a “hop-stompin’ Bunnypalooza” talent.
Author Brenda Faatz’s experience as a critically acclaimed musical theater performing artist shines through in the pacing, cadence, and rhythmic tone of the text. The words invite the reader into Lizzy’s colorful world that is charmingly illustrated by Peter Trimarco. The imaginative and playful use of words—“polka-loca frenzy!”—beg to be read out loud. For extra fun and fascination, the “Bunny Dance Glossary” included in the end pages describes the origin and style of each dance mentioned throughout the book. Did you know about the 1,800 year-old dance from India known as the bharatanatyam? Or how about the boogaloo from NYC? Fun words with connotation are always a bonus!
If you have a reader that you want to encourage positive self-expression in, this is both a bold and tender story that will have readers free stylin’ to their own imaginative hearts without a care in the world.
About the Creators
Brenda Faatz is a critically acclaimed author and music theatre performing artist and director. Her accolades include a nomination for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical” by the Denver Drama Critics Circle and most important the love and admiration of the hundreds children she has taught and directed.
Peter Trimarco is a former music industry creative director and Grammy-nominated executive producer who has turned his energy to creating children’s books with his wife, Brenda. He also has a long history in entertainment as a publisher and as an art director. Peter is currently co-owner and publisher of the international trade publication Beyond Cinema Magazine.
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