Sunday, December 5, 2021

"Kunoichi Bunny" - a bookwrap



Kunoichi Bunny

Book by Sara Cassidy

Illustrated by Brayden Sato


* Ages:  3-5

* Grade Level:  PS-K

* Length:  32 pages

* Publisher:  Orca Book Publishers

* Pub. Date;  March 15, 2022

* Language: English


“Variety in colour and structure, along with a diversity of characters, makes Kunoichi Bunny a compelling and thought-provoking read with tremendous entertainment value. Highly Recommended.” ― CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“Captivating…Sato does a brilliant job with point of view, perspective, and zoom, moving the plot along and giving it the feel of an everyday superhero story. This inviting book effectively encourages visual literacy for the youngest audience.” ― School Library Journal

Unwrapping Some Illustrations for You

The Book

It's a beautiful day in the neighbourhood so Saya and her dad head off to the park.  Saya and her stuffed bunny Kunoichi cuddle together in her stroller and off they go. 

Dad is in his own happy zone taking in the beautiful sights of their adventure knowing his daughter is safe and enjoying the outdoor break as well.  As their journey progresses Saya becomes aware of dangerous scenarios that demand her immediate attention.  She notices two cats hissing and fighting and she tosses her ninja-bunny between the two and separates them from harming each other.  Success!  Later on the bus she throws her beloved Kunoichi under the wheels of a child's stroller to prevent it from a dangerous roll towards the stairs.  More opportunities arise for the little one to use her ninja skills via Kunoichi to save people from peril.  

Dad is oblivious to her brave and heroic antics.  After a very busy and tiring day, on the way back home, Saya falls asleep and her coveted bunny accidentally falls out of her hands onto the sidewalk.  Luckily her dad notices and retrieves it.  Once inside their house he puts it into the laundry to tidy it up then after it dries he tucks it in with Saya who is already comfy and sleeping in her bed... ahhhhh... finally peace!  

I love this wordless picture book delivered in a graphic novel format.  This style allows the reader to use their imaginations as they become the narrators of the tale.  The illustrations are colourful, bold and well-able to stand alone without any  text.  The book will inspire kids as they will learn that no matter what your size you can make a huge impact on your world and become superheroes if and when needed just as Saya did.  I highly recommend "Kunoichi Bunny" by the award-winning author Sara Cassidy. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!


Meet the Author

Sara Cassidy is a writer and editor. Her 17 children's books have been shortlisted for many awards, including the Governor General's Literary Award ( Nevers ), the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize ( Nevers, Genius Jolene ), the Bolen Books Children's Book Prize ( Skylark, Nevers ), the Silver Birch Express Award ( A Boy Named Queen, Genius Jolene ), the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award, the Rocky Mountain Book Award and five titles for the Chocolate Lily Award. Sara writes nonfiction and poetry for adults and works in communications for the BC Ministry of Health. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

About the Illustrator

Brayden Sato is a Japanese Canadian illustrator who specializes in digital illustration. He developed an appreciation for visual storytelling from watching TV shows and reading manga as a child in Japan. Brayden studied visual narrative at TAD in Austin, Texas, with Pixar artist Kelsey Mann. He is the creator of the popular webcomic All That You Are. Kunoichi Bunny is Brayden's first picture book. He lives in Canmore, Alberta.

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