Edward Gorey
Word Play: Pictures for the fall
Word Play: Pictures for the fall

In "Knuffle Bunny" and "Knuffle Bunny, Too," readers fell in love with the highly expressive Trixie in her pre-verbal and preschool states. Along with her, we experience the drama of (temporarily) losing her beloved stuffed Knuffle Bunny, and we strain with the effort of giving proper vent to her emotions. A great part of the pleasure for adults is seeing the story also through the eyes of Trixie's doting but hapless parents. Mo Willems accomplishes this brilliant dual perspective through his complex illustrations (a collage combining photo and cartoon), in which we see not only Trixie at the center of the action but also her attentive grown-ups tenderly looking on...