Boop reads a folk tale

[Boop, reading in bunny voice] "Now, my dears,’ said old Mrs. Rabbit one morning, ‘you may go into the fields or down the lane, but don’t go into Mr. McGregor’s garden: your Father had an accident there; he was put in a pie by Mrs. McGregor."


"Now run along, and don’t get into mischief. I am going out." [Boop turns page]

Thanks, Miranda G. 😉



  1. ManekiNeko says:

    Beatrix Potter would plotz from the cute-itude!

  2. mariser says:


    love how Boop’s feet are resting on the pages. she is completely absorbed!

  3. meep!

  4. Oh I SO remember that story. We used to listen to is (and the rest of the Flopsie Bunnie stories) on old vinyl records (they were even bright colours like red, yellow (Jemima Puddleduck!) and orange.


    Alice the Brit,
    Mum to 2 totally CUTE Norwich Terriers, who can be seen at

    They both aspire to make the cut and be on one day, then they will know they ‘made it’

  5. the bunny was given the book by a frog because the frog had already ‘reddit’.

    will stop trying to be funny and look at the bunny some more. i am in love.

  6. Alice the Brit,

    My Mom used to read the Peter Rabbit stories to me, too. We even had Peter Rabbit cups and bowls (they’re in storage now T_T). Hooray!

  7. Courtney says:

    Awwww! Sweet bunny!

  8. You can’t always count on Potter’s animals – there’s also a book about a “fierce bad rabbit,” but I don’t think Boop is in that category just yet.

    ( )
    ” “

  9. OMG… bunnies & books… not so much my own cosmic alignment, but Mon Schmoop will kerplooie.

  10. in fact this is so cute it is saving me from pinging rubber bands at the screaming toddler outside my office.

  11. “And this is my long-lost cousin Dave, and that’s Uncle Bert…”

  12. Looks like he tried to snorgle some Penzoil!

  13. Jay Fry says:

    Is it just me, or does this cute bun look nose-less (maybe an unfortunate run-in with Mrs Macgregor)? Maybe his nose is just pushed in from too much snorgling.

  14. kariboo says:

    oh. my. goodness.

    it’s a bunny. reading about bunnies.

    *falls over*

  15. Amanda says:

    Wow, de-lurking and off-topic at the same time to say “Yay, CO for being #1 on Entertainment Weekly’s Must List!!”

    And also, I would like a bunny.

  16. Awwwwwwwwwwwww!!! That’s the shugggiest, sweetiest, huggalovablest bun!

    I head ‘splode now.

  17. ♥♥♥ l.d.c.h. ☺ ♥♥♥ says:

    in fact this is so cute it is saving me from pinging rubber bands at the screaming toddler outside my office.

    nothing would be cute nough to keep me from doing hat, that is sooooooo annoying [even thoough i don’t have an office]

  18. BUNBUN!!! OMG! Thank goodness I’m going to the rehab center tonight, to get my baby bunny fix.

    Er, lilli, go ahead and ping the screamer – you have my permission.

  19. ♥♥♥ l.d.c.h. ☺ ♥♥♥ says:

    i want me a bun bun, but i like my stuffed one, it olny poops stuffing lol! ^_^ ♥ it feels like a real bun bun anyway, and they didn’t have to kill one to make it like they do for those keychains in dollar stores

  20. My dad always refers to bunnies as Mr. MacGregors…a bit unclear on the concept, but hard to forget!

  21. “does this cute bun look nose-less”

    Well, it’s a wee babe (so head shape isn’t the same as it would be with a mature bun), and some domesticated bunz do have relatively flat noses – a lot like different breeds of dogs and cats, really.

  22. It’s the anerable dwarf-y noselessness of it all!!

    If Boop’s first name is Betty, she’s probably comparing her nails to the model bunbun in the book.


  24. Kris, in New England says:

    Still waiting for an All Bunn Day.

    But this will tide me over until that blessed event – just love the bunnies. My husband and I have a “mantra” we say to each other during times of stress:

    Me: “Bunnies are BEST! And you say?”
    Him: “Bunnies ARE best!”
    Me: “Bunnies”
    Him: “Bunnies”
    Both: “BUNNIES”

    TMI, right?

  25. estella says:

    Also, dwarf bunnies are bred to be 2-4 lbs and have a perpetual baby bun look (short ears, squished face). Unfortunately some people get dwarf bunnies thinking smaller bunnies are better for smaller spaces, but dwarf bunnies are actually kind of hyper. The bigger the bun, the more mellow it is, generally speaking.

    Oh, and the pictures in the book are of silver marten bunnies 🙂

    Bunnies are my favorite furry squeeeesheeees 🙂

  26. OMG major paw/foot fluffage!!!

  27. you guys r silly says:

    see the little smudgie-colored fur spot on the top of precious Boop’s tiny head??? THAT’s EXACTLY where I want to gently reach over and schmuffle-schmooch into his soft baby bunny fur …… mmmmm……..*smooch*!

  28. Kristi says:

    Maybe I’m just a major wuss, but that rhyme about the bunnies and the McGregors made me sad. 😦 I’d never heard that rhyme before. ‘Tis sad.

    What’s with nursery rhymes/fairy tales/etc being all mean?

  29. Tony James says:

    Alice – OMG, we had those records too!! Were yours the ones read by Wendy Craig (Butterflies)? I loved them when I was a kid.

    Collison – it’s ok, the fierce bad rabbit got his come-uppance, and the good rabbit got his carrot back, so it worked out in the end 🙂

    One question has always plagued me. Mrs. Rabbit has 4 children, one of whom is Flopsy. So she is known as Flopsy Rabbit. Then she marries her cousin Benjamin Bunny, so presumably she becomes Flopsy Bunny (nee Rabbit). But then why are the children known as the Flopsy Bunnies? Wouldn’t the whole family just be known as the Bunnies?
    Consider this: Benjamin’s father is also known as Benjamin Bunny, so presumably Benjamin is known as Bejamin Bunny Jnr. Given that Mrs. Rabbit is widowed, one might presume that her late husband’s surname was Rabbit. If Peter and Benjamin Jnr. are cousins, we can surmise that Mrs. Rabbit’s maiden name was Bunny. However We know nothing about Benjamin Snr.’s wife – presumably he must have had one, otherwise where did Benjamin Jnr. come from? There can be only one conclusion. Mr. Rabbit and Mrs. Bunny were conducting an affair, and were using Mr. MacGregor’s garden as a rendezvous. It was not only Mr. Rabbit who was put in a pie, but Mrs. Bunny too. Which is why Mr. Bunny is in such a bad mood when we meet him. This also begs the question, if Benjamin Jnr. really Benjamin Snr’s son, or the illegitimate offspring of Mr. Rabbit? You notice that he beats Benjamin with his switch, but not Peter, Benjamin being the product of his adulterous wife.
    If Benjamin is not Mr. Bunny’s son, but Mr. Rabbit’s, then he married his half-sister (Flopsy), and that’s just w-r-o-n-g.

    Have I been giving this a little too much thought? Anyone?

  30. Tony: yes.
    Benjamin Bunny Senior? Isn’t he the old gaffer who kicks the snot out of Mr. MagGregor’s cat? “Old Mr. Bunny had no opinion whatsoever about cats”, like? He was probably worried about Young Benjamin and Peter, and welcomed the opportunity to work out a little on that cat.

  31. Tony James says:

    Sorry, almost forgot:
    “The surviving texts provide no easy model for such colloquial phrases as ‘Now run along, and don’t get into mischief.'” 🙂

  32. Tony James says:

    MC – the very same – but what would he be doing in Mr. MacG’s garden in the first place, if not to visit the place where his strumpet of a missus rode roughshod over her marriage vows? A way of exorcising her ghost, perhaps?

  33. Tony JA-A-A-AMES.

    In with the hyper-detailed conspiracy-theory analysis.

    Dude, do you do this with all children’s books? Your life must be amazing.

    And I LOVE the idea of Peter Rabbit translated into Egyptian hieroglypics. Some people have the BEST jobs.

  34. I worry that Boop is not reading the book, but preparing to eat it. My bunny loves to eat books. I don’t know why but she loves anything paper.

  35. I worry that Boop is not reading the book, but preparing to eat it. My bunny loves to eat books. I don’t know why but she loves anything paper.

  36. I worry that Boop is not reading the book, but preparing to eat it. My bunny loves to eat books. I don’t know why but she loves anything paper.

  37. I worry that Boop is not reading the book, but preparing to eat it. My bunny loves to eat books. I don’t know why but she loves anything paper.

  38. I worry that Boop is not reading the book, but preparing to eat it. My bunny loves to eat books. I don’t know why but she loves anything paper.

  39. I worry that Boop is not reading the book, but preparing to eat it. My bunny loves to eat books. I don’t know why but she loves anything paper.

  40. Speaking of bunnies in books, I read that, as Estella said, Dwarf Bunnies are hyper, and very tempermental.

    I imagine Dogbert with buck teeth and a taste for blood….only cuter.

  41. Tony James says:

    Thinker – no, only this one, and only because one year I recited the books onto CD for my sister’s kids to play in the car, and I got to thinking about the backstory.

  42. A little rabbit reading about rabbits. So cute!

  43. Heeeey cute bunny:O) But I was wondering why there aren’t any Chinchilla pics here?? I was surfing the web today and found some really cute Chinchilla pictures sooooo there is no lack there of….heehee

  44. adorababy says:

    that is a very attractive bunny

  45. adorababy says:

    To Tony-

    Perhaps bunnies use matronyms like Latins or Russians???

  46. I think there needs to be a new rule of cuteness: animals reading books is cute!

  47. martha in mobile says:

    Tony James — I think I’m in love.

    Thoughtful, analytical, somewhat absurd and willing to record stories for the nephews and nieces…who could ask for more?

  48. The Guy Over There says:


    (I use caps because that was just that damn cute.)

    Reading up on the biology of rabbits though? What a nerdy bun. :p

  49. adorababy says:

    can we discuss Meg’s rack further? Uh oh…. I’m going to get fired fooling around on this damn cuteness site. Bye for now, CO!!

  50. chelsea says:

    its ears! omg its ears! slkjf!

  51. Tony James says:

    Adorababy – good theory, but that would require all of Flopsy and Benjamin’s children to be girls, wouldn’t it? (girl children are matronymic, boy children are patronymic, or at least they are in Scandinavia). And while it was never fully explored in The Flopsy Bunnies, I think there are children of both genders.
    And no, before anyone asks, I’m not going to go into the significance of Thomasina Tittlemouse having enough [ahem]’rabbit wool’ to make herself a [hehe]’handsome muff’ – that’s a story for another forum.

    Martha – the beauty of not having children of one’s own is that you can spoil other peoples’ when it suits you, and then not worry about clearing up the mess. My goal is to be the crazy bad uncle who will give his nephews airguns and slingshots when they’re old enough, quite against the wishes of their parents. My sister still hasn’t forgiven me for giving them plastic whistles for their xmas stockings (4am xmas morning – well, I wasn’t staying with them, so it wasn’t me they woke up when then started making noise – hehehehe).

  52. Amen, Tony J. Other peoples’ children are certainly adorable, but I always preferred four-footed and furry for constant company. haven’t found a guy yet to match that profile…

  53. adorababy says:

    maybe they’re not scandanavian bunnies? maybe bunnies ALWAYS use the matronym because they aren’t always sure who the daddy bunny is cause they f* like bunnies?

  54. Wow. I never realized how disturbing those stories were when I was little.

    Adorable bunny 🙂

  55. Aubrey says:

    ‘the crazy bad uncle’? I’m thinking more of the uncle Lord Peter Whimsey became. Nothing bad there, at all.

    I’ll be seing my neices this summer, and I have to start collecting all sorts of insignificant-cies for them NOW.

  56. sudden flow of happy from buuny, present negative mood from bad day, brain can’t handle sudden change in pressure…. *poof*

  57. TJ: U R A GNYS.

  58. holy crap, I understood that
    [runs away shrieking]

  59. 😀 just thought it was funny to write it that way. and no, I don’t own a mobile and I don’t txt.

  60. The Guy Over There says:


  61. but are you FROM mobile?

  62. Infinite bunny…a bunny watching a bunny watching a bunny…

  63. Tony James says:

    Jaypo – hang around here long enough, and who knows what might show up 😉

  64. Netherland Dwarf rabbit, owner! says:

    Proshiocity to the max! 🙂

  65. Off to get my bunny fix! w00t!

  66. Aubrey says:

    It looks like bun-bun is pawing through his family history, and reading up on Uncle Analdas.

  67. Captain Kangaroo used to read that on his show. I’m convinced that my bunny fixation began because of his Bunny Rabbit hand puppet!

    BTW, A thinker, I could read that, too – I’m s-c-a-r-e-d.

  68. am i the only one who’s hppy abt bng abl 2 rd nrd txt?

  69. “bunny voice”? Anyone have any theories what that would sound like? Betya Boop has sort of a squeaky voice, yet still deep and well-modeulated.

  70. Well now, Betty Boop was meant to sound like singer Helen Kane, who was quite da dame back then. (Femme fatale, va va va voom – of sorts.)

    The bunny would sound more innocent, except for when it’s clearly acting like it has a mind of its own, thank you very much. (Which is a *great deal* of the time!)

    ( )
    ” “

  71. Y’know, why did you bring this up, Aubrey? Are you trying to *taunt* me or something? ‘Cuz I keep thinking of musical numbers (the song-and-dance type) for small animals, and *now* I’m gonna be spinning my wheels thinking about what bunny *singing voices* should sound like!

  72. When I think of what a bunny voice might sound like, instinctively I prop my front teeth on my lower lip and pitch my voice a little woodier, sort of like a Roddy McDowell impression. (Image of spiralling animated rabbit, to the tune of “Bright Eyes” by Art Garfunkel.)

  73. no, i m nt frm mobile.

    OK, going to stop now.

    and Jaypo, Tony James is exactly right–maybe the dream man will show up one day right here on the pages of CO. Though I *hate* to think what *that* would look like (four legs and furry…hmm).

  74. Easy:

    Please, duckie. Relax. I taunt no one. I merely point another direction – offer a different chance, create new visions…I think.

    Anyway, what would Eric Burden say?

  75. Tony James says:

    I think there may have been singing rabbits in that old cartoon – the one with the owl who has a strict father who only lets him play classical music, but the owl really wants to play jazz, to which father’s reply is “No Jazz!” So owl leaves home and gets a gig singing “I like to sing-ah, about the moon-ah and the June-ah and the Spring-ah,” in a nightclub. I think he had backing rabbits, but they may just have been crooners in the doo-wop style. Doo-Wop Wabbits…

  76. “I taunt no one.”

    It was a reference to the “taunting pillows” in a recent post. 😉

  77. Tony James says:

    Cartoon was called “I love to Singa”, and featured Owl Jolson (groan) and Jack Bunny (howl). 1936, Vitaphone, Chuck Jones. Whatever did we do without the internet…?

  78. “Folk tale”? Nah. It’s Boop’s grandma’s high school yearbook!

  79. Later, the youthful rebellion of young adult goats during WW II was documented in the 1993 film, “Swing Kids”.

  80. ♥♥♥ l.d.c.h. ☺ ♥♥♥ says:

    Tony James WAAAAAAAAAAAAY to much thought about a childs story, why Did you put so much thought into it anyway? [short hand it please]

  81. “Anyway, what would Eric Burden say?”

    Ah, but he switched bands and went to War. (Har.)

    Besides, it would be the Animals saying “Grrrrrr,” not Burden himself, non? (Eric Burden *and* the Animals.)

  82. Your point has merit. But the point I wanted to make was that someone who was willing to create a band merging his name with that of ‘Animals’ would certainly have a say – and a valid one – in this matter, the point of which I have since forgotten. And even if he did go to War – what is it good for? (good God, y’all).

  83. ♥♥♥ l.d.c.h. ☺ ♥♥♥ says:

    it takes away too much of the efect of the cuteness and makes everybody want to skip your comments even when they are whitty and funny. which people must’ve long since done to mine

  84. @ Aubrey:

    Low rider don’t use no gas now
    Low rider don’t drive to fast
    Take a little trip
    Take a little trip
    Take a little trip and see
    Take a little trip
    Take a little trip
    Take a little trip with me…. [Hee.]

  85. Yeah! Cinco De Mayo is tomorrow dude! I can’t wait! I love the bun- bun, its sooo cool!

  86. What I have learned in the Comments section:

    1. C.O. prevents eye injuries: “…this is so cute it is saving me from pinging rubber bands at the screaming toddler outside my office.”

    2. Tony to the James, you’re killin’ me with your brilliant ‘Bunny’ family tree. Obvy, there should be a Bun Soap Opera that answers all these questions AND MORE

    3. TMI from ‘Kris in New England’ shows that people are just as weird as me and I lof eet.

  87. LCDH — you tilt at your windmills, and I’ll tilt at mine.

  88. …er, LDCH, I mean.
    And before you ask, the “tilting at windmills” idea is from Don Quixote.

  89. Tony James says:

    LDCH – it’s only a child’s story if you think it is. Peel back the plaster, check the wiring behind the board, and you’ll see that it works on many different levels. for some really crazy insights, though, you need to go to Cat in the Hat.

  90. little miao says:

    Awwwwwww, time for Baby Bunny’s bedtime story…

  91. Aubrey says:

    Don’t you think calling it a child’s story is a little restrictive? I still read my Robert Lawson and Edward Eager books, and it is definitely time for me to revisit Dr. Suess. I think I’m in need of some crazy insights.

  92. AuntieMame says:

    Ha! You want to read a children’s story with undercurrents, try Winnie-the-Pooh!

  93. Tony James says:

    Winnie-the-Pooh? Dude, that’s edgie, even for me. AuntieMame – hardcore…’nuff ‘spec

  94. my dads name for me when i was a baby was Boop. so cute

  95. Aubrey says:

    Then tell me this, guys: what exactly WAS a woozle?

  96. “Woozle” = most likely the concept of a predatory weasel, after passing through many iterations of timid Hundred-Acre-Wood rumour. See also “Heffalump.”

  97. Tony James says:

    Another great mystery unravelled. Seems to me like we have a wealth of knowledge here on the CO board – why, I’ll bet that if we all got together we could solve the oil crisis, fix Iraq, bring a sensible end to global terrorism, and find cures for AIDS, cancer, and religion, and we could move the world forwards in the love of all things cute. Who’s with me, siblings?

  98. if i had a hammer, tj.

  99. Diane N says:

    TJ: If people would just stop to smell–err–snorgle the bunnies, we could definitely achieve world peace. Maybe we should start a campaign to email the “Hammy With Corn” pic to every world leader, big corporation head, miscellaneous politician and terrorist organization. Or send ’em all t-shirts. They’d be singin’ Kumbaya in tiny bunny voices by the end of the week…

  100. Tony James says:

    No need for Kumbaya – we just need to rejig the words of a well-known song…

    Oh, say can you snorgle, in the hammy’s soft fuzz,
    How so proudly we prosh’d, at Meg(an)’s last posting.
    The cats and the racks, the unforgetable ‘ehn’,
    And the bunnies we saw, so adorably sleeping…

    Oh, say does that quill-spangled hedgehog yet paddle,
    In the bath of the free, and the home of Baruchito?

    [with limitless apologies to Francis Scott Key – as anthems go, it’s not the worst by a long shot]

  101. *grooooooaaann…*

  102. Hunter D. says:

    OMFG! That is sooo cute! Listen, let’s see if we can’t get 100+ comments on this. Here’s somethin’ for ya: it’d be better if he/she was snorgling a Holy Hand ! “One, two, five!” (“Three, sir!”) “Right, three!” (boom)… Heh heh heh.

  103. Aubrey says:

    “Skip a bit, brother…”

  104. “No need for Kumbaya” — as a former summer-camp counselor of many years, TJ, I can confirm that truer words were never spoken.

    “And the cockatiels stare,
    “Bunbuns sprawling in pairs…”

  105. Wah-wahs all decked in knits
    And wee sloatlets all smooshy…

  106. (Sorry for covering the same lines, ffeeeo, but I couldn’t help it…)

  107. AuntieMame says:

    Hold it, folks.

    You may have solved the mystery of the Woozle, but what about…the Wizzle?

    (And is it one of the Fiercer Animals?)


  108. ♥♥♥ l.d.c.h. ☺ ♥♥♥ says:

    you tilt at your windmills, and I’ll tilt at mine.
    heh? ‘:|

  109. ♥♥♥ l.d.c.h. ☺ ♥♥♥ says:

    oop nvermind, i never thuroughly read thru comments b4 psting, i rush into it

  110. AuntieMame — you know darn well what a Wizzle iz (but if you don’t, it’s none of my biz).

  111. violingirl says:

    Possibly the most entertaining comment section to date!!! Thank you people, thank you. 😉 And thanks to the bunnies, of course.

  112. ♥'s G.D. & animals says:

    i still like “i’m gonna pop a bear in yo’ a**”

  113. ♥'s G.D. & animals says:

    i still like “i’m gonna pop a bear in yo’ a**”

  114. ♥'s G.D. & animals says:

    i still like “i’m gonna pop a bear in yo’ a**”

  115. ♥'s G.D. & animals says:

    i still like “i’m gonna pop a bear in yo’ a**”

  116. ♥'s G.D. & animals says:

    i still like “i’m gonna pop a bear in yo’ a**”

  117. ♥'s G.D. & animals says:

    i still like “i’m gonna pop a bear in yo’ a**”

  118. mad_valentinne says:

    this is the best;

    Me: “Bunnies are BEST! And you say?”
    Him: “Bunnies ARE best!”
    Me: “Bunnies”
    Him: “Bunnies”
    Both: “BUNNIES”

    that is so me and my man 😉
    he knows the fluffy rules.

    we have asilver fox bunny which looks like the one in t he book! yay! bob you are bunny -pr0n!

  119. Hunter D. says:

    “And Saint Attila raised the hand up on high and said, ‘O Lord, bless this thy Hand , that with it thou mayest blow thine enemies into tiny bits, in Thy mercy.’ And the Lord did grin, and the people did feast on the lambs and sloths and carp and anchovies and orangutans and breakfast cereals and fruit bats and large chu-” “Skip a bit, brother.”