Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel -- the team that brought you And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon -- get back together for a rip-roaring tall tale about that mystical creature, the jackalope.
Told by a cowboy hatwearing armadillo, Jackalope's story is one hilarious romp. When "a very unhappy jackrabbit" from "the land of cactus and cattle" realizes he hates being ordinary, he falls asleep and dreams of having big horns to set himself apart. Of course, he gets his wish from his "Fairy Godrabbit," but when Coyote almost catches him for a snack, he thinks his horns might be hampering his scampering. Unfortunately, Fairy Godrabbit's spell transfers Jack's horns onto her and whets Coyote's appetite again, but when Jack's silly rescue attempt sends Coyote laughing into a river and breaks Fairy Godrabbit's wand, the two become buddies for good.
A kooky yarn that will keep kids chuckling, Jackalope hits the mark with its down-home language and silly characters. Stevens's bright artwork reflects the same humor as her illustrations for Epossumondas, while Crummel's rolling words make it zingy. A genuine treat for story time. Matt Warner