Christian Trimmer is a children's book editor and writer. He is the author of Simon's New Bed, Mimi and Shu in I'll Race You!, Teddy's Favorite Toy, and Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature Ponies. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his partner. Learn more about him, his books, and lots of other things at ChristianTrimmer.com.
Madeline Valentine grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and received a BFA from Pratt Institute in 2007. She has illustrated five children's books, including Teddy's Favorite Toy by Christian Trimmer. She is also the author-illustrator of George in the Dark and The Bad Birthday Idea. She currently lives in Queens. Visit her online at MadelineValentine.com.
"Knuffle Bunny is reimagined with dialogue and a dash of
suspense. . . . Trimmer's simple story of a universal experience
will captivate young readers and have them rooting for Teddy's
reunion with Bren-Da. Teddy's problem-solving abilities also serve
as a useful model. Valentine's illustrations bring the story to
life with creative depictions of orange-haired, pink-skinned
Bren-Da's style and humorous portrayals of Teddy's and his mother's
actions. . . . The story gently pushes gender norms by showing a
doll as Teddy's favorite toy and Teddy's mom as nothing short of a
superheroine as she tries to get Bren-Da back. A heartwarming story
that uses an everyday occurrence to push the envelope on many
fronts."--Kirkus Reviews "11/15/17 "
* "Teddy's favorite toy is Bren-Da, Warrior Queen of Pacifica. She's a pink-skinned Barbie-style doll, and Teddy's play with her ranges from action-hero combat sequences ("She has the sickest fighting skills") to extravagant fashion looks worthy of Project Runway or RuPaul's Drag Race.... After Bren-Da's leg falls off, Teddy's mother mistakenly throws her away.... Teddy's mother takes his anguish seriously. Valentine's gouache and pencil drawings blend action and comedy as Teddy's mother chases the truck with daring moves worthy of Bren-Da herself. "Yas, queen!" Teddy shouts in exultation. Trimmer's smart, closely observed portrait celebrates a boy and a mother whose relationship grows out of mutual respect. Although it's left unsaid, Teddy's play resists gender stereotyping in that he's allowed the freedom to play with whatever toys he likes in whatever way strikes his fancy--and the result is an imaginative free-for-all."--Publishers Weekly, December 2017, *STARRED REVIEW*