Way down in the deepest south, the animals of Brer Village got along just as kindly as critters could. Things were peaceful and pleasant, generally speaking, until one day, Boss Lion, king of the forest came along and set himself down in an old cave on the outskirts of Brer Village. Now Boss Lion was the meanest, baddest, biggest, smelliest, proudest, fattest cat in the forestand he was not so nice besides. He gobbled up pawsful of goslings, swallowed a six-pack of piglets, and generally ate up any village animals who happened to come along. Ah, but he had yet to meet the cunning Brer Rabbit, who outsmarts him and saves the village. Told in a traditional southern storytelling voice, and accompanied by fun cartoon-like illustrations, this wonderful retelling of the classic southern tale of cunning, cleverness, and good triumphing over evil will delight today's children just as it has for generations. 2005 (orig. 1995), Rabbit Ears Books/ABDO Publishing Company, Ages 6 to 10.
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PreS-Gr 4-The animals of Brer Village are doing just fine until Boss Lion moves in and starts eating everyone in sight. After a few days, the folks get together to do something about it, and fast-talking Brer Rabbit volunteers to take on the carnivore. His bravado fails him when he is faced with the beast, and the villagers end up providing Boss Lion with fresh meat-literally. When it's Brer Rabbit's turn to become a part of the lion's diet, the wily hare uses the brute's worst traits as a weapon against him. Kessler's narrative is packed with humorous wordplay and written in a rolling, storytelling style. Mayer's bright, cartoon illustrations capture the mood of the story, depicting the sassy Brer Rabbit particularly well-this is a bunny with attitude. The tale reads well alone, but Danny Glover's taped interpretation, backed by brash and brassy music by Dr. John, enhances the experience immeasurably. This will be a popular pick for books-on-tape fans.-Donna L. Scanlon, Lancaster County Library, PA