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Attack of the Fluffy Bunnies Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-09-28 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 49 user ratings
ISBN:1419705199
LANGUAGE:English

"I'm the owner/servant of two bunnies and I've been taking care of rabbits since a kindergarten student brought me a bunny to save it from the stew pot. I was intrigued by the title and cover as soon as I saw it on Amazon.com as a recommendation.

It's cute! It reminded me of Bunnicula, a book I've loved ever since I first saw it as an Afterschool Special.

Even though I believe it's reading level lower than my students', I'd like to use it to introduce different forms of book talks.

I'll be using this one!

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"Kevin and Joules are really looking forward to summer camp. It is a chance to make new friends, learn new skills, and getting away from their parents' spam creations. Meanwhile, in a galaxy far, far away, the three survivors of a distant planet are hurtling toward earth after their own world was destroyed. The fluffs are anything but fluffy and cute. At over 6 feet tall, these rabbits are Fierce, Large, Ugly, and Ferocious Furballs and they are hungry and ready to take over our world. But don't worry, Kevin and Joules have watched plenty of the Late, Late, Late Creepy Show for Insomniacs and with the help of a stick, a little Spam and a kid who watches too much Plumbing Network, they just might save the world?" said.

"I have just got to say. . . absolutely hilarious! I picked this up because I was looking for some "appeal to the reluctant boy reader" books. This certainly fits the ticket, but what I didn't realize was that I would enjoy it too. The premise is absolutely incredible - Giant candy eating Fluffs (bunnies) come to Earth when their marshmallow planet (that orbits a yellow Starburst sun) is destroyed by a meteor. They land near Camp Whatsitooya(near Lake Whatsosmelly). Joules and Kevin, twins, have been dropped off at camp by their parents who are going to a SPAM dessert cook-off. This books uses all of the Summer Camp and Late Night Horror Movie gags that it can - and it pulls them off creating the right amount of "campiness" to make this a well loved book. I can't wait to put it into the right kid's hands!" said.

"This is a pretty silly book about evil fluffy bunnies from another planet who land on Earth to eat humans like candy. It was funny, the pace was pretty uniformly quick, and the setting was familiar enough to be comfortable for readers.

A few things about this book though:

1) Some of the characters - specifically the fluffy bunnies and some of the kids at camp - had distinct names, but I couldn't keep their personalities straight. This might be a reflection of me, and it appears it wasn't necessary to discern between the fluffy bunnies and the campers, so I guess that's fine.

2) A lot of the humor that appears comes from the fact that the author breaks the fourth wall and talks to the reader pretty often. Even when she doesn't, there is definitely a lot of voice in their book, with side comments and parenthetical explanations that occasionally made me giggle. I appreciate that.

3) This is just the kind of book for those avid readers of Wimpy Kid and Big Nate books. Not as many sketches to accompany the writing, but enough different types of writing, like advertisements and lists, to break up the action.
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"I'm reading this out to the PandaBat and we are both loving it. The narrator's voice is amusing, and the jokes are right up our alley. Most amazing is the timing. Several times so far I've read the text, given the appropriate pause, and the PandaBat has responded perfectly on cue, as if Beaty had transcribed a read aloud. Maybe that doesn't make sense. Anyway, we're both loving it.

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One of my favorite bits, which I've got to mention: Kevin's lists. "Famous Last Words" as spoken in horror movies of the past. Genius! And repeated references to SPAM which amuse the budding Monty Python fans as well as me. Did I mention I'm loving it?

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The Panda Bat wearied of waiting for me to finish it (sundry holiday-related events kept intruding into reading time; concerts, tree-trimming, snowfall, etc.) and wound it up on her own. Then she gave it to me to finish. I love it. Without going into spoilers, the climax of the book was very-well thought-out. Brilliant, really. Highly recommend to kids and parents who want to share something silly with them.
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"When I first picked up this book I thought it was going to be kind of a scary sci-fi story, but then when I read the back of the book it sounded so ridiculous that I just had to give it a try!
While reading this book I discovered that while the story line itself is similar to those bad sci-fi movies that are so bad that they are actually good, the way this book is told is really funny.
The story plays off of many elements and moments found in the above mentioned movies, which is where much, but not all, of the humor is found. But even for people who have never watched these types of movies I think that, with the way the book is told, they would still get the humor.
One thing I particularly enjoyed about this book, after how funny it was, was the fact that in several places, rather than using a lot of details to describe certain scenes, there are short comic book style illustrations. Some are just pictures and others are pictures and words. The ones with words are definitely the funniest of these sections.
The book also alternates between the story of the kids in the book and the alien rabbits. There are also sections, which are a bit random and highly entertaining. One section is a comparison between Earth rabbits and the alien rabbits known as Fluffs. Another is a chart of famous last words. And yet another is a couple of pages which act like very short commercial breaks with two pages of advertisements. All of these random sections are very funny and entertaining.
My favorite chapter in the book is chapter 41. While very short and only one paragraph long I thought this was the funniest chapter in the whole book.
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"Twins Joules and Kevin are quite relieved to get to go to Camp Whatsitooya and get out of going to the Spam Fest with their parents. And it turns out a good thing that Joules and Kevin are well-versed in B sci-fi/horror flicks from a steady diet of The Late, Late, Late Creepy Show for Insomniacs. The things they've learned from those shows just might help them survive when strange things start happening at camp. Like the camp counselors force-feeding the campers sugary treats, forcing them to watch teen musicals, and in general acting a bit odder than when Joules and Kevin first arrived.

This is one of those books I don't know whether to label sci-fi humor or tongue-in-cheek horror. It has the facade of all the makings of a horror story with the alien invasion (poking fun at tropes in B sci-fi/horror flicks) but thanks to Beaty's writing and Santat's illustrations, it ends up being humorous. It was quite entertaining and a quick read. If you're looking for a good pick for a reluctant reader, this just might be the kind of thing to get them reading. It would also make for a good read-aloud as long as you could have a way to show the sections where the story is told graphic novel-style through the illustrations. I loved Kevin's list of things never to say if you want to avoid doom and the central role of SPAM. Too funny.

Notes on content: No language issues. No sexual content. The Fluffs may or may not have eaten some people, but it happens off page and no blood evidence. The Fluffs definitely are cannibals and have eaten others of their kind, but again no blood involved.
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"There's not many words that would accurately describe Attack of the Fluffy Bunnies besides bizarre, yet it's a book that I can totally see being eaten up by middle grade readers, especially boy ones, everywhere because I also have to admit it's quite funny and original.

As Attack of the Fluffy Bunnies begins Joules and Kevin Rockman are expecting one boring week at the summer camp were their parents are drooping them of at. Though, the one good thing about is that they won't have to go to the annual spam festival with their spam-fanatic parents, but as it turns out this week will prove to unforgettable, because also at the camp are crazed, fluffy bunnies from another planet who only have on thing in mind- human domination. Now it's up to Joules, Kevin, and their new friend to stop these fluffy bunnies before it's too late.

This novel was a very quick read and I have to say I enjoyed every minute of it because it proved be humorous and always have a new twist that changed everything. I especially liked the fact that it included comic panels to tell parts of the story, as well as ads for different objects. As mentioned before, the premise of this was kick-butt and the execution was even more so, because when Andrea's writing was mixed together with Dan's drawings, it ended up becoming one un-put-a-down-able read.

While the characters were not the most developed ones out there, they still were ones that I knew enough about to enjoy reading about their adventures. Also, I feel that they were ones who most middle grade readers would be able to find someone to relate to out of the mix.

In all, Attack of the Fluffy Bunnies was a cute and funny read that I enjoyed.

Grade: C+
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