Summer 2019 Kids Indie Next List
“I want to give this book a hug! While the focus is on being a middle child, this utterly charming picture book is a celebration of sibling bonds and simply the sweetest story of the season. Oh, and the illustrations of the bunny siblings, all cozy reading in bed—does it get any better than that?”
— Kathleen Carey, Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany, NY
This joyful picture book celebrates middle children and sibling love.
When you’re in the middle . . . you’re not the oldest, and you’re not the youngest. You are right in between. There’s someone bigger who helps you and someone smaller who needs you. From the middle, you can see both sides.
But being in the middle isn’t always easy—sometimes it’s hard to know what makes you special, or how to follow a path that’s just your own. Bunny in the Middle, this classic picture book from Anika A. Denise highlights the remarkable empathy of middles and the joys of self-acceptance, glowingly illustrated by New York Times-bestselling artist Christopher Denise.
Christy Ottaviano Books
About the Author
Anika A. Denise is the author of many acclaimed books for young readers, including Monster Trucks, Starring Carmen!, as well as Baking Day at Grandma’s and Bella and Stella Come Home, both of which are illustrated by her husband Christopher Denise. Anika lives in Rhode Island with her family.
Christopher Denise is an award-winning children's book illustrator and visual development artist. He has illustrated more than twenty books for children, including Rosemary Wells' Following Grandfather, Phyllis Root's Oliver Finds His Way, Anika Denise's Bella and Stella Come Home, and he has contributed to Brian Jacques' acclaimed Redwall series. His books have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list and have been recognized by Bank Street College of Education, Parents' Choice Foundation, and the Society of Illustrators Annual Exhibition. Christopher Denise lives in Rhode Island with his family.
Kids' Indie Next List Pick
"This sweet picture book acknowledges the special place each sibling occupies in a family. . . Kids will savor adorable details, such as children's artwork on a bedroom wall and winsome animal students lined up for school in a tree. Charming and comforting."—Kirkus Reviews
"[An] ode to the middle kid. The illustrations are lush . . . with inviting joy, and the subtle shading and gentle linework of the pencil and digital art envelop the scenes with a cozy feel. A nice gift for a youngster expecting a new addition to the family."—The Bulletin
"The author deftly describes precise situations that require compromise. . . Denise employs Photoshop, Procreate and pencil for scenes brimming with affection. This creative team parents three girls and here shares insights honoring the child who’s sometimes overlooked."—School Library Journal