Monday, 5 August 2013

Review: 'Lion Vs Rabbit' by Alex Latimer

Lion Vs Rabbit by Alex Latimer, 2013, Peachtree, $15.95, hardbound, 30 pages. Category/Genre: mainstream. Cover: intriguing. Where we got it: publisher. Where you can get it: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million.

Lion Vs Rabbit is about the animals who are relentlessly bullied by Lion and how they finally get him to treat them nicely.

The animals are all tired of Lion's bullying; he gives them wedgies, pins silly notes to their backs, and steals their lunch monkeys. But none of the animals is brave enough to stand up to Lion and make him stop. So they hire outside help.

Many animals answer the ad for help: a bear, a moose, and a tiger; but none of them wins against Lion. Then one more animal shows up: a rabbit. In contest after contest, Rabbit wins against Lion. Finally Lion must admit defeat: never again will he bully the animals. 

Clues are given in the artwork as to how Rabbit outsmarts Lion. Readers of around age five or over should be able to start picking out the clues. They will also appreciate the book's humour and colourful cartoonish drawings. 

One of the bits we found particularly witty was the stat cards for Rabbit and Lion, given at the beginning of the book. Here we find out how the two animals rate against each other in terms of size, meanness, and brains. 

The sheer cleverness of this book will make kids want to read it again and again. 

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