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hop on down to the bookstore {Bunny Days by Tao Nyeu}

I had no idea what a treat my girls and I were in for when I reached out to Tao Nyeu to review her adorable new book, Bunny Days.   It turned out that not only is Tao my neighbor, but she is extraordinarily sweet and accommodating!  She invited Vivian, Ivy, and me to her studio on a Sunday morning, to give the girls (and ok, me too) a screen printing demonstration.   She showed us how she lays down each color for each illustration, one at a time until the final product magically comes together.

My girls stood by their “Twenty Minute Rule” and unfortunately didn’t come out of their shells until right before we said goodbye; but they have been talking about the experience ever since, and often ask to be read Bunny Days.  My oldest, Vivian has also been practicing reading it to me!

Apart from the obviously wonderful illustrations, the thing I love most about Tao’s work is the dry wit.  The award-winning book is segmented into three chapters, all of which involve the bunnies finding themselves in some sort of pickle. The humor is dark enough to appeal to grown ups, but remains G-Rated for the kids.  My favorite story involves Mr. Goat accidentally cutting some cottontails while trimming a hedge.  Don’t worry, the stories all end well with Mr. Bear to the rescue!

Tao told me that her first book, Wonder Bear, was discovered at her graduate show at the New York School of Visual Arts. She scored a publishing deal, and the rest was history.  One look at her books and you’ll know this was not a stroke of luck. Her artwork is enchanting, plus, she is really funny!  She and her husband moved to Los Angeles in the not too distant past and have a beautiful one year old daughter.  Tao confided in me that she misses the public transportation back east, but seems to be shining bright in sunny California.  Tao was kind enough to sign a copy of Bunny Days and her newest book, Manners Mash-Up: A Goofy Guide to Good Behavior(a collaboration), along with a couple of prints for my girls.   Thanks again, Tao!  Published by Penguin, Bunny Days is for all ages, it’s got something for everyone and is available through Amazon,   Barnes & Noble, and many brick and mortar bookstores.  Don’t forget to check out her website as well to see more of her amazing drawings.

Special thanks to Tao Nyeu for providing samples for review.

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