Nubby (Hardcover)

Nubby By Dan Richards, Shanda McCloskey (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Dan Richards, Shanda McCloskey (Illustrator)
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A beloved but overworked toy strikes out on his own to find glory—only to find that the best rewards were at home all along in this sweet and funny picture book that is perfect for fans of Toy Story and Knuffle Bunny.

Nubby the stuffed rabbit is his owner’s favorite toy, but you wouldn’t know it from the way he’s treated. He’s been dropped, dragged, and even used as a nose wipe. He decides to strike out for a fresh start, and his adventure takes him across the realm—or at least around the cul-de-sac—in search of treasure, fame, and glory. But these rewards aren't as sweet as Nubby hoped they'd be. What's missing? 
     As Nubby travels through the neighborhood, his owner's family begins to search for him. Nubby's journey might not have taken him far, but it does teach him one thing: no amount of glory could replace the love of his owner.

About the Author

Dan Richards is a graduate of the University of Washington's Writing for Children Program, where he wrote his debut picture book, The Problem with NOT Being Scared of Monsters. He is also the author of Can One Balloon Make an Elephant Fly?, Once Upon a Goat, Penny and Penelope, and the middle grade novel Stu Truly. Dan loves telling stories and talking about the craft of writing. School visits make him happy. He lives with his family in Bothell, WA. Learn more about Dan at or on Twitter at @author_dan.

Shanda McCloskey comes from a whole family of different kinds of artists and entrepreneurs! She studied art in Atlanta and New York City. Before writing and illustrating kids' books, she taught art to high schoolers. Shanda now lives in Ball Ground, Georgia, with her husband, daughters, and dog! She is a co-creator of and the Author Visit Podcast. Her first books about robots (or anything for that matter) are DOLL-E 1.0 and the companion story, T-Bone the Drone. Learn more about Shanda at, on Instagram at @ShandaMcCloskeydraws, or on Twitter at @ShandaMcCloskey.

Praise For…

"Those who play roughly with their toys may think twice about this story, and the wryness of Nubby’s hopes that fames and riches will solve all his problems is a bonus for older folks reading to younger ones."—Bulletin 

"Nubby’s reminiscences make the bunny’s self-important crankiness both funny and relatable."Publishers Weekly

“Both text and pictures are energetic and funny….A very happy ending has the bunny nestled together with his boy (and pup), each one with a new appreciation for the other.” The Horn Book

"A worthy tribute to all the beleaguered, beloved toys who serve as constant, comforting companions through childhood.” —BookPage

Product Details
ISBN: 9780593381090
ISBN-10: 0593381092
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 3rd, 2023
Language: English