REVIEWS: BUNNY ROMERO'S WHITE HOUSE ADVENTURE: THE WHOLE MEGILLAH!
ASSOCIATION OF JEWISH LIBRARIES REVIEWS, SHOSHANA FLAX, THE HORN BOOK, INC, BOSTON, MA, FEB/MARCH 2019
Bunny, a new immigrant from Mexico, is inspired over Purim to set a goal: “Someday, I’m going to eat Nana’s hamentashen in the White House kitchen.” This will help her feel at home in her new country. Six months later, a White House field trip just before Thanksgiving provides the perfect opportunity. Her class’s visit provides readers with peeks into, and background about, a few rooms of the White House before Bunny sneaks away. Eventually, a delicious encounter with “Ms. Tall Chief / Our president...yay!” ensues. There’s lots of welcome diversity in the imagined White House and Bunny’s class, and the intersection of Bunny’s identities is treated casually, as is her pride in her heritage in this peppy, mostly rhyming tale. Many readers, however, may find that there’s a little too much information to absorb, from the two holidays to the presidential trivia--even if they’re able to suspend disbelief about White House comings and goings. Still, the humorous, cartoonish illustrations (despite the title character’s first name, the cast is human with one notable, feathered exception) are well-suited to the story’s cheerful tone. Front and back matter include a multilingual glossary; notes for parents and teachers; historical and linguistic background, a “Dream Diary,” and of course, a hamentashen recipe.