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Literature / It's Not Easy Being a Bunny

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P. J. Funnybunny was very sad. He did not like being a bunny.

It's Not Easy Being a Bunny is a piece of Children's Literature both written by Marilyn Sadler and illustrated by Roger Bollen. It's about a bunny named P. J. Funnybunny who finds himself unhappy with being a bunny. It was first published in 1983.

P.J. Funnybunny and his younger sister, Honey Bunny Funnybunny, would appear in a total of 13 books.

There were three animated specials starring the character: P.J. Funnybunny (1988), P.J.'s Unfunnybunny Christmas (1993) and P.J.'s Very Cool Easter (1996).


This book provides examples of:

  • Beary Friendly: When P. J. tries to be a bear he is welcomed with open arms by the bears he goes to live with.
  • Birthday Episode: P.J. Funnybunny and His Very Cool Birthday
  • Camping Episode: P.J. Funnybunny Camps Out
  • Explosive Breeder: Implied.
    "He had far too many brothers and sisters."
  • Messy Pig: It's shown that when P. J. tries to be a pig that the only thing they like to do, "was sit in the mud."
  • Smelly Skunk: Ultimately how P. J. realized he didn't want to be a skunk.
  • White Bunny: The main character P. J. is one.
  • Workaholic: The beavers are stated to be this.