The theme song for the movie is "I Want Candy." If the Easter Bunny heard my pleas, he would be placing books in those Easter baskets instead of candy! Perhaps Little, Brown Books for Young Readers heard my plea. Just in time for the HOP movie release, LB Kids has published five different tie-in books for various ages:
HOP: The Chapter Book by Annie Auerbach and Kirsten Mayer. LB Kids (February 2011); ISBN: 9780316129008; Paperback; 80 pages
Based on the film, the HOP chapter book covers the movie plot and features a few black and white illustrations from the movie. Of all the LB Kids tie-in books, this one does the best job telling the entire story of E.B.'s adventures in L.A. with Fred, and, later on, his fight to keep the chicks from taking over his father's factory.
HOP: Chicks Versus Bunnies by Kirsten Mayer. LB Kids (February 2011); ISBN: 9780316129039; Paperback; 24 pages
This tie-in book covers the very end of the movie. Led by head chick Carlos, the factory chicks try to take over the Easter Bunny's factory while his son, E.B., is away. As the chicks lower the Easter Bunny into a boiling vat of pink Easter egg dye, a large fight ensues. Luckily, the Easter Bunny has the Pink Berets and E.B. on his side. The back of the book contains a page of punch-out Easter egg holders.
HOP: Meet the Easter Bunny by Kirsten Mayer and Lucy Rosen. LB Kids (February 2011); ISBN: 9780316129015; Paperback; 32 pages
This beginner reader book follows E.B. (the Easter Bunny's son) as he takes a tour of Easter Island and the Easter Bunny’s magical workshop. In the factory, all different kinds of candy run along conveyor lines, bunnies paint eggs and chicks carve chocolate bunnies. The Easter Bunny even has a fancy sled, just like Santa Claus. Will E.B. decide to take over his father's job? Find out in the book! My daughter tried to read this one on her own, but the level is just slightly above her kindergarten abilities with words like "interrupts" and destiny." She did, however, enjoy the search and find picture challenge.
Hoppy Bunnies: A HOP Movie Tie-In by Kirsten Mayer. LB Kids (February 2011); ISBN: 9780316128995; Board Book with Finger Puppets; 12 pages
Told in rhyming verse and beginning with the phrase, "Twas the night before Easter," this short board book provides an Easter version of The Night Before Christmas. For some reason, I never imagined the Easter Bunny delivering candy in a flying Easter sleigh, but according to this book, that is his preferred mode of transportation. The puppets in this book are like the ones found in the popular Despicable Me book, Sleepy Kittens. Unfortunately, unlike the kittens, the bunny puppets don't serve much of a function in the book.
Counting Chicks: A HOP Movie Tie-In by Kirsten Mayer. LB Kids (February 2011); ISBN: 9780316129046; Board Book; 12 pages
Easter chick Carlos narrates this small-sized board book. Along with Phil his assistant, kids are encouraged to count items (from one to ten) as they are placed into a large Easter basket. All the candy and eggs will make you hungry for an Easter treat. My toddler son prefers this book over all the others, but I do wish that the items in the book were a little bit larger so they were easier for little fingers to count.
HOP Movie Website: http://www.iwantcandy.com/
HOP Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/hop
HOP Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/ebhop
Want to win a gift set for your little bookworm's Easter Basket? Thanks to LB Kids and Universal Pictures, Brimful Curiosities' readers can enter to win a HOP Book Prize Pack.
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* HOP: Hoppy Bunnies
* HOP: The Chapter Book
* HOP: Meet the Easter Bunny
* HOP: Counting Chicks
* HOP: Chicks versus Bunnies
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