Module 1: Henry & the Buccaneer Bunnies

 Title: Henry & the Buccaneer Bunnies

 Author: Carolyn Crimi

Illustrator: John Manders

 Publisher: Candlewick Press

Book Summary:

Henry is the son of the pirate Barnacle Black Ear. His father is upset with him because all he does is read instead of his pirate duties. All of the other crew members make fun of him and his reading. That is until they are stranded on an island after a bad storm. All of Henry’s reading has taught him how to build shelter, feed himself and so much more. At long last, his father and crew recognize the importance of books and reading.

APA Reference:

Crimi, C. (2005).  Henry & the buccaneer bunnies. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press.


I thought the book was cute. The illustrations are lively and colorful. The text is easy to follow for young kids and is engaging enough to keep them interested.

Professional Review:

Section: Children’s Books

Crimi, Carolyn
Illus. by John Manders
Candlewick (40 pp.)
Oct. 1, 2005
ISBN: 0-7636-2449-7

In this unsubtle plug for bookworms everywhere, the nerdy offspring of feared pirate Barnacle Black Ear looks up from his compulsive reading to see a bad storm coming, rescues his dad and the rest of the Salty Carrot’s crew, then once ashore, quickly fashions a luxurious hut, fancy new outfits, delicious meals and other comforts from found materials–all using knowledge gained from tomes with titles like 101 Things To Do With Palm Fronds and Coconuts. Manders decks out his Chuck Jones-style illustrations in bunnies with long floppy ears and big toothy grins, along with a supporting cast of silly-looking seabirds. By the end, even Barnacle Black Ear’s come round, bellowing out in oversized type: “Aye! Buccaneer Bunnies will always need books!” A worthy message, even though it’s delivered with hull-smashing force, and less convincingly than in Judy Sierra’s Wild About Books (2004), illustrated by Marc Brown. (Picture books. 6-8)

Henry & the buccaneer bunnies. (2005). Kirkus Reviews, 73(17), 971.

Library Uses:

This would be a good book for young reluctant readers. The words are easy to read and understand, the colors are bright and the subject of the book is playful.


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