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It was the perfect plan: abandon pet rabbit Floppy in the woods and take a giant leap toward adulthood. Having a bunny that moonlights as a best friend is for babies, right? It's better to cut a pet loose, make new human friends, and not be so dependent on a floppy-eared fur ball bent on chewing electrical cords, right? If saying good-bye to Floppy is required to grow up,It was the perfect plan: abandon pet rabbit Floppy in the woods and take a giant leap toward adulthood. Having a bunny that moonlights as a best friend is for babies, right? It's better to cut a pet loose, make new human friends, and not be so dependent on a floppy-eared fur ball bent on chewing electrical cords, right? If saying good-bye to Floppy is required to grow up, why does life without Floppy seem so wrong? From Benjamin Chaud, the critically acclaimed author/illustrator of The Bear's Song and The Bear's Sea Escape, comes this unforgettable, thought-provoking picture book about the power of unlikely friendships....

Title : Farewell Floppy
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ISBN : 9781452137346
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 40 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Farewell Floppy Reviews

  • Violet
    2019-02-09 22:24

    It is heartbreaking to read a picture book with a child character so lacking in compassion. The fact that he is not only going to abandon his pet rabbit in the woods because it is too boring, but that he ties it to a tree so it can't follow him is disturbing. It could be very confusing for young children because the rabbit looks like a toy. The ending is unsatisfying because even though the child does go back to find the rabbit, he doesn't seem remorseful or even to have much of a reaction at all. This is as close to an existentialist picture book as I have ever seen. It put me in mind of the relationship between the old man and his dog in The Stranger by Albert Camus. Not a recommended association for a picture book.

  • Jessalyn King
    2019-01-26 23:40

    I don't know about this... I know there are some really awful kids in the world (as most kids find out in school), but this kid is just downright unlikable. Which is difficult in a children's book. I know he realizes the error of his ways, but I don't think the author really showed just how awful it is to even pretend to dump your pet in a forest when you're done with it. I realize this is supposed to be a Hansel and Gretel type story, but that's a cautionary horror story from a time when all the fairy tales were horrible. I think what got me was that the bunny, while sad at being left, wasn't annoyed at seeing the boy and wanted to come with him again. Maybe the bunny was just a stuffed animal and it was a story in the kid's imagination?I'm going to try finding a French version of this... I'm wondering if there was something lost in translation.

  • Juliana Lee
    2019-02-01 20:35

    I love this little book and I’m so happy that it has been published in English so we can enjoy it too!We don’t often think about what might happen to some of the pets that children outgrow. I love that this little boy decided to keep his bunny and work to save other animals.

  • Ellie
    2019-02-15 16:42

    I absolutely love this children's book. It is funny and my students laughed along with me as I read it aloud. It is not a picture book I would use for a moral to the story as I saw it as a book to simply enjoy. Have a little fun!

  • Magdalena
    2019-01-28 21:45

    Książki Chauda są bardzo nierówne. W tej pozycji poznajemy chłopca, który jest już duży i powinien znaleźć sobie prawdziwych przyjaciół, więc idzie do lasu i przywiązuje tam do drzewa swoje zwierzątko - króliczka Skarpetkę. To zachowanie nie jest w żaden sposób skomentowane a samo zakończenie również nie do końca pokazuje prawidłowy wzorzec pojednania pomiędzy przyjaciółmi. Format książki sugeruje przedział wiekowy 2+, dlatego odradzam czytanie tej historii młodszym dzieciom, bo instynktownie mogą czuć, że nie jest to dobre zachowanie, ale po kilkukrotnym przeczytaniu książeczki mogą już tego nie pamiętać.

  • Rainey
    2019-02-02 19:43

    I really like the art, but the story just bummed me out.

  • Bistra Ivanova
    2019-02-19 23:21

    Супер сладунска книжка на любимия Benjamin Chaud, когото преследвам по света. Тази - открита във Варшава, видях я на витрината, иначе си бях обещала да не влизам в книжарници вече :-) Доста беше лошо момченцето със зайо, но накрая пак се сприятеляват...

  • Helena
    2019-02-13 21:32

    Ilmeikkäästi kuvitettu, monitasoinen kirja, jossa riittää pureskeltavaa. Hei hei, Luppis on pikaisen selailun perusteella herättänyt ilmestyessään blogeissa pohdintaa siitä, onko kirja liian kovaa kamaa kohderyhmäikäisille. Aloitus onkin aika raju: poika ilmoittaa päättäneensä hankkiutua eroon rakkaasta pehmolelupupustaan, koska siitä ei ole oikeaksi kaveriksi. Luppis hylätään metsään, mutta katumus toki iskee jälkikäteen. Itse en pitäisi Luppista mitenkään sopimattomana, mutta kyseessä on kyllä lastenkirja, jossa toiminnan motiiveja selitetään tavanomaista vähemmän auki. Tämä avaa hienoja tulkintamahdollisuuksia, mutta ahdistuspotentiaalia kyllä löytyy, jos kertomusta ei käsitellä yhdessä lapsen kanssa. Kuvakirjaformaatista huolimatta voisi ehkä mennä isommillekin lapsille erityisesti jos kavereiden kaipuu tai murhe siitä, että pitäisi jo olla kovin iso, ovat ajankohtaisia. (view spoiler)[Lopussa käy tietysti hyvin: pupun ohella metsästä löytyy myös uusi ystävä, jonka kanssa voikin puuhastella pehmolelujen parissa. Luppiksessakin on uutta hohdetta, kun yksinäiset leikit vaihtuvat yhdessä tekemiseen toisen lapsen kanssa. (hide spoiler)]

  • Matthew Winner
    2019-01-31 16:36

    First up: Farewell Floppy by Benjamin Chaud, published by Chronicle Books. In this story a boy has his floppy-eared rabbit and he tries to lose the rabbit. The entire story is about trying to lose a pet that you're just kind of over. The pet doesn't do anything. I can't teach it tricks. It doesn't give me affection. It's just kind of a lumpy animal. And so the boy throughout most of the course of this story travels deeper and deeper into the woods trying to lose his animal and runs into a girl along the way that has a dog and is wondering how many other animals have been taken out to the middle of the woods to be lost here. It's a sweet story and I like that the boy narrates the whole story and flips the story on it's head by essentially trying to lose a pet. We don't often get that approach, but it's definitely cute.This review appears on an episode of the “Best Book Ever [this week]” segment of the Let’s Get Busy podcast. Check out the original post here:

  • Edie
    2019-02-15 18:20

    A young boy, wanting to be "more grown up" decides it's time to give up his pet bunny who has been kind of a disappointment (he doesn't do much...but is always there...something to keep in mind for later). Sounding a bit like the parents in Hansel and Gretel (is this kid a reader?) he wants to go far enough into the forest so that bunny can't find his way home.....but in contrast to the parents above, as he goes along he keeps remembering the good times,how cute the bunny was....grabbing him at a scarey moment and absolutely panicking when he realizes the error of his ways and can't find his good friend. The illustrations are very child friendly, the woods start getting darker, there are close ups and bigger pictures that suggest just how large and potentially dark the forest can be..a real tribute to pets, even the quiet kind....

  • Cheryl Belt-Jackson
    2019-02-16 22:39

    Farewell Floppy by benjamin ChaudA Picture BookYoung 2-4 years old as well as lower grade elementary students.Floppy is the name of a toy bunny rabbit.This bunny rabbit was a little boy's best friend who desided that he had to end his relationship with his friend.I like the begining of this story because it detailed just how much the little boy loved his Floppy and how he included it in everything. This little boy imagination was so strong that it made this reader wonder if the Floppy was real or not. This book is for elementary students of all ages. The younger children should like it because they probally still have a favorite suff animal. The older elementary students should enjoy it because there is a very thin line between what is real and what is fantasy. A great classroom activity could be compare facts and fiction.

  • Janelle
    2019-02-03 19:43

    Quite frankly, my kids and I are just not sure what to make of Farewell Floppy. The illustrations are really rather interesting and well executed, but the STORY is strange and confusing. Is Floppy the bunny, a real, live animal or a toy? If he's a real pet (as one is led to believe by the Library of Congress cataloging), well leaving poor Floppy alone out in the woods is an awful thing for the boy to do. If Floppy is a stuffed animal or beloved security blanket, the story doesn't seem as distressing. Perhaps the text didn't translate well from the original French version titled, "Adieu Chaussette." If anything, the book does lend itself to a heated discussion and, at least, it does have a happy ending.

  • Lynn
    2019-02-01 21:35

    Mixed feelings about this rather odd little book. The animal lover in me cringes at the idea of taking a pet out into the woods and letting it go - even if it is later shown as a bad idea. I was cringing at some of the other depictions in the story as well - playing cowboys and indians. But I did like the way Chaud shows the boy's conscience kicking in as he realizes he has made a mistake. The illustrations are wonderfully quirky and there is a lot of nice humor. Probably kids will get the subtle humor and lesson here - it's just the idiot grown-ups who may not ;-) Still I'd want to follow up this book with a discussion about the issue.

  • Barbara
    2019-02-17 23:38

    Having decided that Floppy, his pet bunny, is no longer particularly interesting, the narrator decides to abandon him in the woods. Not long after he has left Floppy alone in the woods, the boy changes his mind and returns, only to find no Floppy. Once he gets the bunny back, he realizes that he loves him and takes him back home. This is a poignant, rather disturbing book since this sort of thing probably happens all the time, only with a more unhappy ending for poor Floppy. The illustrations are worth examining carefully since they provide plenty of clues as to the narrator's character. While he maintains that he is freeing Floppy, really, the truth is something much more selfish.

  • Erik This Kid Reviews Books
    2019-02-17 19:36

    After reading this book, I have decided that lop bunnies (what Floppy is) are the rabbit equivalent to Basset Hounds (which I have one). They both seem very lazy. ;)Mr. Chaud is a fabulous artist with an eye for detail. It really shows through in his work. This book is sweet, and teaches a valuable lesson. A story about deciding to abandon your pet in the woods may seem a bit harsh, but in reality, the story is about the boy choosing his pet and seeing how much he cares for him and the value in the pet. I like how the kid goes through a major character change by the end of the story. It made me smile.*NOTE* I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

  • Marta
    2019-02-01 23:50

    Though I loved the illustrations in this book, the protagonist in this story is hard to get behind. He gets tired of his pet bunny so he tries to abandon him in the woods. While the author tries to create a happy ending, you know the young boy doesn't feel bad or see how wrong his actions were throughout the book. On one hand, it could be a great tale to talk to your child about right and wrong, empathy, and remorse by highlighting where those things are missing in the story, but for some children this book could be upsetting.

  • Emilee
    2019-01-27 23:35

    Every child gets to a point where it feels too old to play with certain things. A boy in this story feels this way about his rabbit with floppy ears. He’s just sits there when he tries to play with him and he’s so slow.He decides the rabbit would be better off in the woods roaming free. He walks deep in the woods and ties his rabbit to a tree with a string from his red sweater. As he’s walking home he has second thoughts about abandoning his pet. He goes on a frantic search to find his rabbit.

  • Alex Baugh
    2019-02-04 00:29

    What do you do with a best pal pet you think you have outgrown? Here, the narrator takes his pet bunny into the woods so that Floppy can live out his days in the wild, but when his plan appears to have succeeded, the boy realizes how much he still cares for his bunny. Will he be able to find him in the woods? This is an OK book, but abandoning his rabbit in the woods bothered me, and while things may have worked out in the end, I couldn't help but think about all those kids who have serious abandonment issues where things haven't worked out.

  • Samantha
    2019-02-11 20:39

    This book enthralled me, though the story wasn't exactly satisfying. I really liked the premise that this little boy is telling the reader about his pet bunny's shortcomings and how it has brought him to the decision that he must release his pet into the woods, but by the end, I found the main character to be fascinatingly awful. The ending is happy? Though I'm sure it could be argued that it is anything but happy. The pencil artwork is very good; I find the artist's style irresistible. PreK-2.

  • Teresa
    2019-01-29 21:22

    I think people are being too hard on the kid in this book. He tries to be hard-hearted, but fails. For whatever reason (Parental nudging? classmates teasing?) he wants to be more grown up and have "normal" friends. But he's not able to leave his rabbit (definitely alive, BTW, unless he's making up /imagining about Floppy chewing wires) as planned. He does eventually meet a potential friend, and even though there's a dorky factor with her, he decides to give it a try, which I think is even more promising than a hip, "normal" friend might have been. And Floppy is included.

  • D.peabody
    2019-01-20 17:31

    Is deciding that is time to give up your childhood friend a life moment? I think it is. This is a very sweet story about a boy who thinks it is time to grow up. He takes his rabbit out into the woods with the idea (noble idea?) of setting it free. Things don't turn out quite the way he planned them though. I love the humor in this. It is too long for story-time but a lovely read together book.

  • Suzie Bookgirl
    2019-02-10 16:27

    Is deciding that is time to give up your childhood friend a life moment? I think it is. This is a very sweet story about a boy who thinks it is time to grow up. He takes his rabbit out into the woods with the idea (noble idea?) of setting it free. Things don't turn out quite the way he planned them though. I love the humor in this. It is too long for story-time but a lovely read together book.

  • Carrie Gelson
    2019-01-24 00:29

    I read this to my 12 year old daughter to get her opinion and she ranted through much of it - very upset that a pet was going to be abandoned. People will either be upset over the character's actions or delighted by the discussion it inspires.

  • Edward Sullivan
    2019-02-10 20:39

    Boy is convinced his pet lop bunny is useless until he realizes he isn't. Humorous but also provocative in depicting what is undoubtedly disturbing realistic when it comes to many human-animal relationships. Translated from French.

  • Lynn
    2019-02-10 17:21

    Using one's imagination is a good thing, even when one is trying to get rid of their toy rabbit, er, 'Lop bunny'!Tall, narrow books emphasizes the tall trees in the forest setting, adding to the feeling of being deep in the woods.

  • Amanda
    2019-01-24 21:36

    What an odd book! Maybe it lost something in translation?Random thoughts: Teehee! He used the word 'nincompoop'!; these illustrations are odd but fun; this just doesn't flow; and I'm glad that things worked out ok in the end.

  • June
    2019-01-25 21:29

    A boy feels he has outgrown his pet rabbit. So he decides to leave it in the woods. However, when he goes back it's gone...

  • Emma Ha Nguyen
    2019-02-06 00:34

    One of the best children's books I've read, telling (in a non-patronizing way) a story of growing up, friendship, and the beauty, cruelty and innocence of childhood.

  • Ruth Anne
    2019-01-27 16:45

    A boy decides to let his not so great playing companion floppy eared pet rabbit go. After he leaves him deep in the forest, his plan unravels a bit.

  • Kelly
    2019-01-27 18:35

    I think I missed something with this book