Baby Bunnies Mommy Bunne.
An exclusive look at my first novel
Since I was five years old, I’ve had dreams of being a published author. I’ll admit, there was a time when I got distracted by another dream. The year 1995 brought the movie Free Willy 2. This cinematic masterpiece left my head filled with fantasies of marine biology and my neck adorned with the “Mystical Whale Pendant” that came free with the VHS (it was a trendy little ceramic number valued at $7.95). But once I realized that a career in marine biology didn’t mean petting whales on the tongue all day, I set my sights back on writing.
Now that I’m a semi-adult woman who pays bills and buys eye creams and gets birthday cards from her chiropractor, I am not far from my dream of being published. In fact, I already have a few completed works under my belt — at least, they would under my belt if this were 2002 when I wouldn’t be seen without one (it was purple camo, rhinestone-studded, and purchased from a popular neighborhood boutique called 7-Eleven). In an act of generosity and good will, I’m sharing my earliest completed book here. It’s a whimsical work of fiction with feminist undertones. Though written in the early-90s, I think you’ll find it has stood the test of time.
Baby Bunnies Mommy Bunne. is a riveting tale held together by Scotch Tape because I wasn’t allowed to use the stapler. As a young author, I made the bold decision that my last name wasn’t important. That’s right — no last name. It’s just Danielle. I am the Madonna of literature.
Here we meet the story’s protagonist Mommy Bunnie, a hardworking single mother. It’s clear she has her life together, despite the fact that Daddy Bunnie is out of the picture. She makes an effort to look good, but she’s not trying to attract a Step-Daddy Bunnie. Nope, she does it for herself. In the movie adaptation, she would be played by Jennifer Lopez.
The story reaches its climax on the 5 of April, when Mommy Bunnie decides to teach her Baby Bunnies an appreciation for astronomy. Readers are left to ponder the significance of it all: why the 5 of April? Is that a birthday? Anniversary? Rabbit holiday? Is that one bunny levitating? We don’t know yet. What we do know is that Mommy Bunnie is brave and fearless, even in the face of what appears to be an approaching meteor shower.
In an unexpected plot twist, the story ends. Many questions are left unanswered, but such is the case with any great literary work. Though never published, Baby Bunnies Mommy Bunne. was Scotch Taped together to rave reviews across the Kraese household. Some speculate it was the inspiration behind Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In. I won’t comment on that. But I will say it made one thing clear: I was ready to start using the stapler without supervision.