Chubby Bunny (Hardcover)

Chubby Bunny By Julie Murphy, Sarah Winifred Searle (Illustrator) Cover Image

Chubby Bunny (Hardcover)


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The debut picture book from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin’. Told with Julie Murphy's trademark humor and heart, this is a clever, funny body-positive story about loving yourself.

Barbara “Bunny” Binks comes from a long line of Barbaras, that started with her mother and grandmother. She loves putting her hair up in “bunny buns,” playing with her rabbit Ralph, and eating marshmallows.

Then one day, she participates in her favorite marshmallow eating contest at field day called “Chubby Bunny,” and her classmates start teasing her.

But with a little help from another Barbara, Bunny figures out a very sweet solution. 

Julie Murphy lives in North Texas with her husband, who loves her, and her cats, who tolerate her. When Julie isn’t writing, she can be found watching movies so bad they're good, hunting for the perfect slice of cheese pizza, or planning her next great travel adventure. She is the author of the middle grade novels Dear Sweet Pea and Camp Sylvania as well as the young adult novels Ramona BlueSide Effects May Vary, the Faith series, Pumpkin, Puddin’, and Dumplin’ (now a Netflix original film). You can visit Julie at

Sarah Winifred Searle originally hails from spooky New England and is now based in sunny Perth, Australia, with their beloved husband and cat. They usually write and draw comics; their honors include winning three silver Comic Arts Awards of Australia, being shortlisted for the lgnatz Awards and Cartoonist Studio Prize, and contributing to Eisner-winning anthologies and New York Times bestselling books. 

Product Details ISBN: 9780063011182
ISBN-10: 0063011182
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: October 24th, 2023
Pages: 40
Language: English

“Adorable Bunny is an exuberant and inventive protagonist, approaching life with zeal and creativity. The supportive familial relationships are a joy, and happily, Bunny is given the agency to reclaim her name and confidence on her own terms. Murphy’s welcome first foray into picture books is an exceptionally friendly and frank fat-positive contribution.” — Booklist (starred review)

“Murphy makes a body-positive debut into the land of picture books with this sweet story about loving yourself for who you are! Adorable, inclusive illustrations will draw many young readers in as they identify with one or more of the characters gracing the pages of this smart, fun, empowering story. A delightful book that is more than a school story, it takes on body positivity, childhood confidence, and SEL issues, making it a valued addition to any collection.” — School Library Journal

“Murphy depicts a world in which family warmly supports a child facing anti-fat bias at school. The collaborators clearly define chubby as a neutral descriptor, allowing Bunny to reclaim the word in interacting with her schoolmates.” — Publishers Weekly