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Reviewed by Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers' Favorite
The flaming redhead Lizzy is back! One of the most adorable, authentic, dynamic but sometimes insecure, most impressionable main characters in contemporary children’s literature. It’s just so amazing! This time It’s Just a Bunnypalooza! documented in rhyme and illustration by Brenda Faatz and Peter Trimarco – creators of the pantheon of Lizzy, It’s Just So … books. What is true of one is true of all, but this latest Lizzy adventure is just so … perfect! Lizzy is a young girl, once an only child, but she’s never been totally alone inside her vastly imaginative world of hyper-curiosity and manic wonderment for adventure. And she does have friends, whom she would love to impress at this year’s school jamboree with the “toe tappin’, jump jivin’ … bunnybombastic” dance moves taught to her by her bunny friends. Alas, she misunderstands the giggles from her school chums.
Brenda Faatz and Peter Trimarco are marvelous at conveying Lizzy’s drop from dizzying excitement to depressive disappointment in It’s Just a Bunnypalooza! An emotional, instantaneous fall that children will all too readily understand. With rhyming couplets pitched perfectly to a child’s ear, and lively illustrations to warm the coldest soul, this heartfelt story of Lizzy’s abandonment and timely rescue by magical intervention is just so … “jigga-wiggalous!” These made-up words are integral to the Lizzy books. They are the hooks to capture and enrapture young readers; they are the exclamation points to all the fun. And though these stories are filled with learning adventures to help a child’s growth, make no mistake, they are all about having fun! And the big-eyed dog? He seems rather clueless, but he’s always there, especially for the fun.