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Ben's Bunny Trouble

by Daniel Wakeman
illustrated by Dirk Van Stralen

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environment, rabbits, science fiction
list price: $19.95
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook
published: 2007
ISBN:9781551436111
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
6 to 8
Grade:
p to k
Reading age:
3 to 5
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Canadian Children's  Book Centre
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Ben’s Bunny Trouble

When Ben decides that the polluted city is not the best place for his pet bunnies to live, he hops into a spaceship and travels to several different planets in order to find them a better home. Ben flies to a planet inhabited by snails, an underwater world filled with sea monkeys, alien-infested lands and the abominable snowman’s wintery domain before chancing upon the perfect new home for his rascally friends. By the time Ben finally tracks down the extraordinary green planet filled with giant carrots and lush vegetation, he has made friends with each one of the creatures found in these different realms.

This wordless picture book/graphic novel takes the reader on an exciting, boundless adventure through space. Dirk van Stralen’s bright and colourful computer-rendered illustrations are sure to capture the attention of any reluctant reader. Perfect for pre-readers and experienced readers alike, this sequel to Ben’s Big Dig can be read over and over in order to track down all of the little details one might not catch at first glance. For example, one of the most remarkable features of this book is the way in which space is used — not one bit of paper is wasted! From the endpapers to the title page to the copyright page, every single inch is used to tell the story.

Ben’s Bunny Trouble is a great way to introduce children to the importance of taking care of our environment as it reminds us that we are not creating a world that is hospitable to our animal friends.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Spring 2008. Vol.31 No.2.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
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Ben’s Bunny Trouble

When Ben decides that the city is not the best place for his bunnies, he embarks on an out-of-this-world journey to find them a better home.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2008.

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Awards
  • Short-listed, SYRCA Shining Willow nominee
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books
  • Short-listed, CLA Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award nominee
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Description

Ben's Bunny Trouble is set in a near future in which the world has lost all its green space. When Ben decides that the city is not the best place for his bunnies, he embarks on an out-of-this-world journey to find them a better home. It takes a few false landings and help from a variety of aliens, but in the end, Ben finds his bunnies—which seem to have multiplied—a new place to live.

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Editorial Reviews

"This wordless picture book packs a huge story of belonging into its light-hearted illustrations, and little details will delight patient searchers on every page."

— Georgia Straight

"A highly enjoyable visual adventure. Highly recommended."

— CM Magazine
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About the Authors

Daniel Wakeman

Daniel Wakeman likes to paint, play his guitar and sing in his cowpunk band. He lives in Ottawa, Ontario, and some day he hopes to learn to surf.
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Dirk Van Stralen

Dirk van Stralen has loved to draw since he was four years old. He is a cartoonist and a graphic artist, and he likes to act and write silly songs. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his family.
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