Monday, March 02, 2009

Dust Bunny Funnies: Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas

What do all those dust bunnies under the bed DO when they're just hangin' out? And why ARE they always hangin' out under there anyhow? And WHERE do those dang dust bunnies come from in the first place?

If these and the question of the meaning of life have always tantalized the mind, Jan Thomas' brand-new rib-tickler Rhyming Dust Bunnies has the answer to at least the first two queries. (Hey, two out of three ain't bad!)

Ed, Ned, Ted, and Bob, dust bunny buddies, have their rhymin' timin' well honed:

"Hello! We are Ed, Ned, Ted, and Bob. We rhyme all the time!

"Hey," says Ted. "What rhymes with car?"

"Far!" parries Ed.

"Jar!" zips back Ned.

"LOOK!" shouts Bob.

"No, Bob," explains Ed patiently. "'Look' doesn't rhyme with car!"

Ed tries it again. "What rhymes with bug?"

Ted and Ned fire right back with "mug" and "jug," but Bob yells, more loudly than before, "LOOK OUT!"

Ned gives it a shot with "dog." Ed and Ted whip back with "hog," and "log." Bob, with even greater intensity, warns loudly, "HERE COMES A SCARY MONSTER WITH A BROOM!"

"No, Bob, NO!" Ned explains pedantically. "'Here comes a scary monster with a broom' doesn't rhyme with anything, really!"

"AAAAHHHH!" It may not rhyme, but the meaning is clear that it's time to scram under the furniture, and the four woozles do.

As the four dust buddies cower under the cover of a chest, Ned heaves a sign of relief. "Good call, Bob!" he whispers. "Now," begins Ted, "what rhymes with cat?" "Sat!" says Ned, "Pat," says Ed.

"VACUUM CLEANER!" yells the ever vigilant Bob.


"Um, Bob, what rhymes with HOW DO WE GET OUT OF HERE?"


As a humorous emergent reader book, Rhyming Dust Bunnies is a clean sweep, with plenty of context clues in the pictures to suggest the harder words. Early readers will immediately want to share this one with their reading buddies.

Other easy-to-read funny stories by Thomas include What Will Fat Cat Sit On? and The Doghouse.

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