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Mama's packing for a business trip, and Bunny's NOT happy! But Papa and Bunny's crafty stay-at-home smarts save the day, and the Bunny family escapes on a series of adventures. Mama's suitcase is packed for an important business trip. But it's Mama's turn to read bedtime stories! Bunny does not like Mama leaving one bit. If Bunny can just figure out how to keep her home... Mama's packing for a business trip, and Bunny's NOT happy! But Papa and Bunny's crafty stay-at-home smarts save the day, and the Bunny family escapes on a series of adventures. Mama's suitcase is packed for an important business trip. But it's Mama's turn to read bedtime stories! Bunny does not like Mama leaving one bit. If Bunny can just figure out how to keep her home... or maybe Bunny can go with her! But Papa and Bunny have a better idea. They set off on a grand adventure... in the living room. And kitchen. And bathtub. Bunny's Staycation is the perfect book for every family with travel-for-work Mamas or Papas. Kids and parents will laugh, cheer, and celebrate the wonders -- and happy challenges -- faced by families who are juggling the joys of stay-at-home fun and business trips.


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Mama's packing for a business trip, and Bunny's NOT happy! But Papa and Bunny's crafty stay-at-home smarts save the day, and the Bunny family escapes on a series of adventures. Mama's suitcase is packed for an important business trip. But it's Mama's turn to read bedtime stories! Bunny does not like Mama leaving one bit. If Bunny can just figure out how to keep her home... Mama's packing for a business trip, and Bunny's NOT happy! But Papa and Bunny's crafty stay-at-home smarts save the day, and the Bunny family escapes on a series of adventures. Mama's suitcase is packed for an important business trip. But it's Mama's turn to read bedtime stories! Bunny does not like Mama leaving one bit. If Bunny can just figure out how to keep her home... or maybe Bunny can go with her! But Papa and Bunny have a better idea. They set off on a grand adventure... in the living room. And kitchen. And bathtub. Bunny's Staycation is the perfect book for every family with travel-for-work Mamas or Papas. Kids and parents will laugh, cheer, and celebrate the wonders -- and happy challenges -- faced by families who are juggling the joys of stay-at-home fun and business trips.

30 review for Bunny's Staycation (Mama's Business Trip)

  1. 4 out of 5

    La Coccinelle

    The premise of this book is kind of cute. The execution? Not so much. There are three things that bugged me about this book, and that diminished my enjoyment of the story. First, there's Wednesday's expedition to "a wintry wonderland". What the heck is Papa thinking, teaching his child to cool off the kitchen by leaving the freezer door open? Mama's going to choke when she comes back and sees the electricity bill. (We should be teaching kids about conserving power... not how to waste it.) Second, The premise of this book is kind of cute. The execution? Not so much. There are three things that bugged me about this book, and that diminished my enjoyment of the story. First, there's Wednesday's expedition to "a wintry wonderland". What the heck is Papa thinking, teaching his child to cool off the kitchen by leaving the freezer door open? Mama's going to choke when she comes back and sees the electricity bill. (We should be teaching kids about conserving power... not how to waste it.) Second, the author's insistence on using two tenses in the writing. The narrative is present tense, while the dialogue is past tense. Get artsy on your own time; don't do it in a children's book where kids might just be learning about verb tenses. This will just confuse them! Third, the way Papa is portrayed. Aside from wasting electricity, he's kind of useless as a guardian. He comes off as a playmate rather than a dad (even proudly showing off the mess that Mama's going to have to clean up just seconds after she steps through the door). No wonder Bunny misses Mama! He probably doesn't feel very secure being watched by a man-child. The illustrations are cute and colourful, and while I thought the premise could work (and I still do, given some changes), it doesn't quite get there.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Smith

    When Bunny discovers that mom is going on a business trip, sadness is written all over his face. What about the bedtime story she should be reading to him? Surely there’s a solution to this terrible problem. Yes! He will get rid of her suitcase. The illustrations are so cute as we see various ways to disguise or dispose of the suitcase. But maybe there’s a better way. He will just go with her. With that settled he packs his suitcase and prepares to tag along. Oops! Mom has other ideas about that. When Bunny discovers that mom is going on a business trip, sadness is written all over his face. What about the bedtime story she should be reading to him? Surely there’s a solution to this terrible problem. Yes! He will get rid of her suitcase. The illustrations are so cute as we see various ways to disguise or dispose of the suitcase. But maybe there’s a better way. He will just go with her. With that settled he packs his suitcase and prepares to tag along. Oops! Mom has other ideas about that. She’s marked a calendar with the days she’ll be gone and put a big red heart on the day she will return. The calendar, however, is not a hit with Bunny. During bedtime stories that evening he sniffles and cries. What a special Papa. The next morning the two wake up early and work together designing their cardboard car so that they will be ready to set off on their very own vacation.  But where can they go in a cardboard box with four black circles that are supposed to be wheels? What I Liked Most: First, I loved that Bunny’s father chose such a creative way to help pass the time. They worked together on a creative adventure rather than run to the store to buy something to cheer Bunny up. Using a large box and materials they had, they make their own vacation, even traveling to the tropics, wintry wonderland, and a safari (which they spent time decorating to match each theme). I also got a kick out of the detailed illustrations such as the bunny house slippers and Mom’s cell phone with a carrot on the back of it. The story is an excellent way to promote imagination, creativity, and DIY activities. For full review: http://www.picturebooksleuth.com/2018...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Ink and watercolor illustrations that were then digitally finished complement this familiar story. When Mama has to leave town for a business trip, Bunny wants to tag along, but since that's impossible, his father comes up with a great plan. Using a large box and materials they have right at hand, they make their own adventures, even traveling to the tropics, building an igloo, and heading off on a safari. When Mama finally arrives back home, they have a surprise for her and camp out right there Ink and watercolor illustrations that were then digitally finished complement this familiar story. When Mama has to leave town for a business trip, Bunny wants to tag along, but since that's impossible, his father comes up with a great plan. Using a large box and materials they have right at hand, they make their own adventures, even traveling to the tropics, building an igloo, and heading off on a safari. When Mama finally arrives back home, they have a surprise for her and camp out right there in the living room. Kudos to this father for finding a way to ease Bunny's worries and keep the little guy distracted in a creative way. Readers will really want to pay attention to the illustrations so that they won't miss adorable touches such as "Bun Voyage" on a suitcase or the many drawings and props used for those stay-at-home vacation scenes.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Stacy McAnulty

    Funny and heartwarming! Kids and parents will relate to the story of Mama leaving for a business trip.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Garrett

    This book is all I ever wanted. I'm havin' it anyway. This book is all I ever needed. Whatever the next line in that song is. Something about getaway, I think.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    Very cute story and important view for working parents. I also like that the father stays at home while the mother goes to work without it being a big Thing.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    Thanks to the Kid Lit Exchange for the review copy of this book. As always, all opinions are my own. The title of this book had us giggling before we even cracked the cover. BUNNY’S STAYCATION turns the agony of mama’s business travel on its head. When Mama leaves for a week, Bunny’s papa encourages his little one to look on the bright side of things. Maybe Mama is away on business, but that doesn’t mean Bunny can’t have fun at home. Bunny and Papa design a week full of mini-vacays. In the bathr Thanks to the Kid Lit Exchange for the review copy of this book. As always, all opinions are my own. The title of this book had us giggling before we even cracked the cover. BUNNY’S STAYCATION turns the agony of mama’s business travel on its head. When Mama leaves for a week, Bunny’s papa encourages his little one to look on the bright side of things. Maybe Mama is away on business, but that doesn’t mean Bunny can’t have fun at home. Bunny and Papa design a week full of mini-vacays. In the bathroom, they visit the steamy tropics. In the kitchen, they create a winter wonderland. And in the backyard, it’s a safari! But Bunny still misses Mama. Soon it will be Friday—the day Mama returns—and Papa helps Bunny fill the long hours by creating one final staycation to welcome her home. These bright, colorful illustrations will cheer up lonely little ones—and they’ll love Bunny’s silly mismatching ears.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*

    Richmond, Lori Bunny’s Staycation. PICTURE BOOK. Scholastic Press, 2018. $18. 9780545925891. Bunny’s Mama is going away on a business trip and Bunny doesn’t like it one bit! But Daddy has a great idea how to give Bunny their own trip right from home to keep Bunny from worrying too much about Mama. I love how Richmond has used craft and recycled items from around the house to show how even a real family could have fun creating a staycation at home. You should be careful though, because any little o Richmond, Lori Bunny’s Staycation. PICTURE BOOK. Scholastic Press, 2018. $18. 9780545925891. Bunny’s Mama is going away on a business trip and Bunny doesn’t like it one bit! But Daddy has a great idea how to give Bunny their own trip right from home to keep Bunny from worrying too much about Mama. I love how Richmond has used craft and recycled items from around the house to show how even a real family could have fun creating a staycation at home. You should be careful though, because any little one reading this will want their own staycation right away. Pre-K – ESSENTIAL. Cindy, Library Teacher https://kissthebook.blogspot.com/2018...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Williams

    I first learned about Bunny's Staycation when I listened to Lori on Tina Muir's podcast Running for Real. I was hooked as she talked about her writing process and the premise for writing a children's book that catered to working moms. I immediately purchased the book and have not stopped reading it since. I love with the adventurous story line, vibrant illustrations and carefully placed details that she scatters throughout the book. As a new working mom Bunny's Staycation was one of the first bo I first learned about Bunny's Staycation when I listened to Lori on Tina Muir's podcast Running for Real. I was hooked as she talked about her writing process and the premise for writing a children's book that catered to working moms. I immediately purchased the book and have not stopped reading it since. I love with the adventurous story line, vibrant illustrations and carefully placed details that she scatters throughout the book. As a new working mom Bunny's Staycation was one of the first books I read to my son as I prepared to transition back to work. I believe this is a MUST read for all families as they navigate the working world of parenthood!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jana

    It’s tough for young children when one or both parents leave on a trip for a night or several nights. But with a little bit of creativity, it can be a fun adventure. Little Bunny is very upset when he finds out Mama is going away on a business trip. But Papa has ideas for an adventure trip for Bunny and himself, right there in the House. The fun, colorful illustrations include a lot of detailed bits and pieces that will draw young readers and grownups into the story. This book would be terrific It’s tough for young children when one or both parents leave on a trip for a night or several nights. But with a little bit of creativity, it can be a fun adventure. Little Bunny is very upset when he finds out Mama is going away on a business trip. But Papa has ideas for an adventure trip for Bunny and himself, right there in the House. The fun, colorful illustrations include a lot of detailed bits and pieces that will draw young readers and grownups into the story. This book would be terrific to share with young readers whose parents have to travel.

  11. 4 out of 5

    A Allen

    This book is adorable. Bunny doesn't want Mama to go on a business trip without them and is sad. But Papa and Bunny end up having a grand time playing make-believe together. This book demonstrates some really adorable quality time between a parent and their child. The book stays lighthearted and fun while also acknowledging that "sometimes even the bravest adventurer misses Mama." Papa and Bunny also have a big surprise waiting when Mama gets home! Bunny is not gendered through out, which I appr This book is adorable. Bunny doesn't want Mama to go on a business trip without them and is sad. But Papa and Bunny end up having a grand time playing make-believe together. This book demonstrates some really adorable quality time between a parent and their child. The book stays lighthearted and fun while also acknowledging that "sometimes even the bravest adventurer misses Mama." Papa and Bunny also have a big surprise waiting when Mama gets home! Bunny is not gendered through out, which I appreciate. Plus, I'm a sucker for illustrations that play into the "bunnies love carrots" thing.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle Stoller

    An interesting twist--Mama Bunny is the one going on a business trip. Dad is the one who is staying home. What I like is seeing books where fathers (however represented) are hanging with their children. I think it is a way to build strong role models. But anyway. Bunny wants to go away with Mama but he can't. Instead, Dad comes up with a whole bunch of ideas for them to do to 1.) have fun and 2.) not miss Mama so much. The imaginations come out. They have so much fun!! I really like the premise. A An interesting twist--Mama Bunny is the one going on a business trip. Dad is the one who is staying home. What I like is seeing books where fathers (however represented) are hanging with their children. I think it is a way to build strong role models. But anyway. Bunny wants to go away with Mama but he can't. Instead, Dad comes up with a whole bunch of ideas for them to do to 1.) have fun and 2.) not miss Mama so much. The imaginations come out. They have so much fun!! I really like the premise. And it would be fun to ask kids what fun ideas they could come up with at home!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    Bunny’s mama is going on a business trip, and Bunny wants to go too. But Bunny will have to stay home and have his own staycation. With the help of Papa they take trips to the beach, the arctic, and even go on a safari all from the comforts of home. And they have a special trip planned when Mama walks through the door. This book is great for showing imagination at work. That you can create adventures right from you own bathroom or kitchen. Lots of fun, and the illustrator does a great job keepin Bunny’s mama is going on a business trip, and Bunny wants to go too. But Bunny will have to stay home and have his own staycation. With the help of Papa they take trips to the beach, the arctic, and even go on a safari all from the comforts of home. And they have a special trip planned when Mama walks through the door. This book is great for showing imagination at work. That you can create adventures right from you own bathroom or kitchen. Lots of fun, and the illustrator does a great job keeping things fun, but also showing great emotion and heart.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tori

    Bunny is not happy about mom taking a business trip until dad convinces him that they can take a trip of their own... without leaving the house. Using crayons, paper, and tape, the two of them visit a different imaginary place every day of the week. This is a cute story with some adorable pictures. It would work really well for an art themed storytime, as bunny does a lot of drawing. If you do a craft with your storytime, there's plenty of inspiration here.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Julie Kirchner

    A super sweet and simple story about a bunny who is sad about Mama leaving on a business trip and not being able to go along. Papa bunny makes the week go by more quickly by creating a fun make believe adventure at home. This will be a fun book for kids who have parents that travel. I know my son and I have had to find distractions when my husband travels for work! There are some creative ideas in this picture book!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Gayle

    Cute and a good book for kids needing comfort when a parent goes away without them. I particularly liked the 2-page spread where Bunny is trying to get rid of Mommy's suitcase (trying to flush it, offering it for sale, etc). I also liked that it was the mother who was going away while the father stayed home with the child.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    In this cute story perfect for preschoolers, Bunny's mama is going away on a business trip and Bunny can't come along! Papa and Bunny come up fun ways to pass the time while they wait for her to come back.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Keri Douglas

    I LOVE this story!! This is the best dad ever! When Mama goes on a business trip, dad gets amazingly creative to create 5 days of "staycation" to keep the missing-mama-sadness away. Each day has a new theme without mom and Bunny enjoys the week with dad. This book melted my heart!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Hooray for another Bunny book! I think all kids (and parents) will appreciate Bunny’s excitement at the opportunity to go to work with Mama and get a chance to see just what she’s up to all day. I love Lori’s creative word play of all things “bunny”. 😂 Another beautiful book by Lori Richmond.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    Cute story about coming up with activities to do while mom is on a business trip.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    A book to read to a child whose parent is going out of town on an overnight trip.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Gomez

    Charming and imaginative.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sharie

    I love anything that includes creativity with a box!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    What a fun book to bring together any child who has parents that travel for work and the parents that have to do the traveling. Good adventure for all.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Something that every child feels at one time or another. Parents need to get away and kids need to cope. Bunny and his dad do a great job staying busy.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Gina Perry

    Extra cute and colorful illustrations make this sweet story about separation anxiety a fun (and touching) book for the youngest readers.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tony

    Best staycation ever!

  28. 5 out of 5

    June Jacobs

    Cute story and photos. Should keep your little ones engaged for many readings! -------------- Borrowed from the children's section in the local public library. ###########

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Brinkmeyer

    The ending was a little underwhelming, but I love the role reversal here. Mom's on a business trip, so Dad helps Bunny have fun. It represents my family--so thankful.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Yergin

    As a working Mom who has left her babies, I love this book. I love the imagination and love it shows, and that it gives Fathers some credit. It's not always Daddy leaving, sometimes its Mommy.

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