Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!
Candace Fleming (author), G. Brian Karas (illustrator)
What gardener can’t identify with poor Mr. McGreely? He only wants the bunnies to stop eating the vegetables he worked so hard to grow. Children, though, will surely identify with these wily bunnies who seem to get through any defense Mr. McGreely puts up. And defend he does! G. Brian Karas’ delightful illustrations show the fenced, walled, barb-wired contraption that Mr. McGreely constructs in his increasingly obsessive efforts to keep the bunnies at bay.
In the end, a heartwarming message about sharing with all creatures prevails. Fleming’s language is rhythmic and engaging. The illustrations are fun and accessible. This story works best when shared as a picture book as key plot elements are revealed through the illustrations.
Themes: Generosity, Sharing, Greed, Anger, Defense, Hoarding, Futility
Motifs: Garden, Rabbit, Bunny, Fence, Wall, Vegetables, Carrots
Reviewer: Kristin Maier, author
A Good Telling: Bringing Worship to Life with Story
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