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Lion vs. Rabbit

Lion vs. Rabbit

5.0 3
by Alex Latimer

Lion bullies all the other animals until finally they can't take it anymore. They post an ad, asking for help. One animal after another tries and fails to defeat Lion. Can no one stop him? Finally, a rabbit arrives. No one thinks that such a small animal will be brave enough or strong enough to defeat Lion. But perhaps this rabbit is smart enough?


Lion bullies all the other animals until finally they can't take it anymore. They post an ad, asking for help. One animal after another tries and fails to defeat Lion. Can no one stop him? Finally, a rabbit arrives. No one thinks that such a small animal will be brave enough or strong enough to defeat Lion. But perhaps this rabbit is smart enough?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
From “The Tortoise and the Hare” to Shark vs. Train, adversarial showdowns are a sure bet for stories in which an ego-check is in order. Latimer (Penguin’s Hidden Talent) seems to know this well, and he combines a cast of savanna animals, a slew of modern competitions, and plenty of visual and verbal humor in this story about a bullying lion. With a roundish body and tiny claws, Lion looks more teddy bear than king of the jungle, but that doesn’t stop him from tormenting other animals, whether he’s sticking a “silly note” on Zebra’s back (it reads “I am a horse”) or stealing Hyena’s “lunch monkey.” Too timid to confront Lion, the animals place an online ad for a rescuer. A bear, moose, and tiger are no match for Lion, but a small brown rabbit has what it takes, besting Lion in artistic, intellectual, and athletic feats. Latimer’s digitally colored pencil cartoons are full of funny details (a TV color test appears in Lion’s thought bubble during a trivia challenge), and while he lets readers in on Rabbit’s secret to success, Lion simply gets a satisfying, fable-worthy comeuppance. Ages 4�8. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Peg Glisson
It's brains against brawn in this tale of bullying. Lion bullies the animals of the savanna, who politely ask him to cease and desist. They are too timid to fight back themselves, so they place an ad looking for someone to put Lion in his place. Bear, Moose, and Tiger fly in and take Lion on, but his prowess and skill is too much for each of them. It looks like the animals are stuck with Lion's bullying, when Rabbit arrives on a ship to offer his help. Lion scoffs at Rabbit's small size and lets him choose the contest. Each time Rabbit bests Lion in competition (e.g., marshmallow eating, trivia, hopping, painting), and each time Lion whiningly has an excuse. Rabbit lets Lion choose the final contest, but even then he's soundly beaten and recants his bullying ways. The book is filled with sly humor from the very beginning—stat cards for lion and rabbit precede the title page!—and Latimer's stylized digitized-and-colored cartoons capture the personalities and events well. Astute readers will notice a few clues in the pictures that let them in on the secret; even those who don't catch on will chuckle at Lion's come-uppance. Don't pigeonhole this as a book about bullying. Use it to demonstrate reasons for writing, simple story structure, effectively using speech bubbles, observing, and inferring. This will be a favorite with young readers and writers. Reviewer: Peg Glisson
Children's Literature - Keri Collins Lewis
Everyone knows that Lion is the biggest bully around. He is mean to everyone. He even stole Hyena's lunch monkey! The frightened and cowardly animals cannot get Lion to stop being a bully, so they advertise for help, to the tune of one hundred bucks, for anyone who can defeat Lion. A bear arrives, and challenges Lion to a boxing match, but Lion is stronger. A moose shows up for a bout of fencing, but Lion is quicker. Even an arm-wrestling tiger is unable to stop Lion from bullying. Then a rabbit shows up and issues his first challenge: a marshmallow-eating contest. He wins. He also beats Lion at a trivia quiz, a hopping competition, and an art contest. This clever and creative picture book by author-illustrator Latimer is a refreshing and humorous alternative to the plethora of didactic children's books about the topic of bullying. Adults who read this aloud to children will relish the ending's funny twist. Careful readers will notice tell-tale ears and the occasional extra bunny tale in the illustrations, which makes for a fun shared book experience. Librarians and teachers in search of a way to introduce the concepts of meanness and bullying to young audiences will find this analogy to animals, albeit anthropomorphic ones, the perfect solution. Older students could turn this into a hilarious readers theater or class play. Reviewer: Keri Collins Lewis
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Lion is nasty to his fellow jungle animals: he gives Buffalo "a wedgie," sticks a note saying "I'm a horse" on Zebra's back, and steals Hyena's "lunch monkey." The beleaguered creatures decide to place an online advertisement for a protector, but the respondents can't compete with Lion's boxing, fencing, and arm-wrestling prowess. When a small rabbit arrives, Lion assumes certain victory. The king of the jungle is surprised when he fails miserably at besting the bunny at marshmallow eating, hopping, and painting competitions. After losing the final "race to the top of the mountain" challenge, Lion admits defeat and promises to stop bullying the animals. Latimer's digital colored-pencil illustrations humorously capture the funny details of the contests, such as Lion's paint-splattered stick drawing of a dinosaur compared to Rabbit's rendition of the Mona Lisa (with bunny ears). Readers will laugh at the surprise revelation that a colony of wily rabbits was in on the success. This quirky twist on "The Tortoise and the Hare" is a winner.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
Kirkus Reviews
Lion's a real bully, but he may have met his match when wily Rabbit takes him on. Tired of Lion's bullying but not brave enough to confront him, all the animals advertise for someone to "make Lion stop bullying us." A bear, a moose and a tiger respond, but Lion quickly defeats each. When Rabbit arrives, Lion's confident he'll win and tells Rabbit to pick the contest, so Rabbit chooses a marshmallow-eating competition and wins. Disgruntled, Lion complains he was sick, so Rabbit offers a quiz contest. Rabbit wins this, as well as hopping and painting competitions, but as Lion always has some excuse for losing, Rabbit tells him to choose a final competition. Knowing he's faster, stronger and a better climber, Lion suggests a race to the top of the mountain, but no matter how fast Lion runs, clever Rabbit always seems to get ahead. Precise, digitized pencil illustrations utilize simple lines, patterns and colors to highlight Lion's mean and silly bullying antics, his prowess in competitions against the bear, moose and tiger, and his humiliating defeats against wily Rabbit. Readers with sharp eyes will be rewarded with numerous amusing visual details, including hidden hints about how Rabbit outwits Lion. A droll, nonthreatening tale of bullying in the guise of a modern fable. (Picture book. 4-8)

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Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
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10.50(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.50(d)
AD450L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Lion Vs Rabbit 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
reececo331 More than 1 year ago
Love this book, great for any school, to help teach children that working together and using their brains will make any bully step down... This is a hilarious story perfect for the students, because of its witty humor and kind message, the twist of using many to conquer one  big bully was great...
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Lion Vs Rabbit Author: Alex Latimer Publisher: RHCP Digital Published: 9-16-2013 ISBN: 13-978-1-561-45709-0 E-Book ASIN: B00B84JL3Y Pages: 20 Genre: Children's Literature Tags: Fiction There once was a Lion that bullied a the other animals. He gave wedgies, mocked and stole their money, He kept bullying the animals until they could not take it any more and asked for someone to help them. After everyone there gave one excuse after another as to why they could not be the one to stop the Lion they finally got Baboon To place an add on the internet. The first to try was a bear, then a Moose and then A Tiger; yet the Lion defeated them all. The other animals we so sad and knew the bullying Lion would never stop. Imagine their surprise when The Rabbit arrives to help them. How does the Rabbit succeed in winning not just one contest against the Lion but many until the Lion admits defeat? Does the Lion finally stop bullying the animals? What secret do al the animals discover when the Rabbit goes home? What do they do about it? This is such a cute story. My nephews were still talking about it the next day. The illustrations were colorful and eye-catching. They held the interest of both boys as I read them the story. It also gives you an opening to talk to your children about bullies, both being one and being on the receiving end of a bully. Pick up a copy today it is so much more than a children's story book. It is a tool for parents to use to interact with their children. I received a copy of Lion Vs Rabbit from NetGalley and the publishers in exchange for my honest review.
Its_Time_Mamaw More than 1 year ago
LION VS. RABBIT This is a tale about a bully that would not stop being mean to everyone.  No one was brave enough to make him stop. Finally they decided to post an advertisement for someone to come stop Lion and his bullying ways.  Several animals came from afar to challenge Lion but they all failed.  Then Rabbit appeared and was positive that he could  stop Lion's bullying.  Rabbit challenged Lion to many physical and mental challenges.   Do you think that a mere rabbit can outwit a lion?  Rabbit devised a plan and thought it through.  I don't approve of cheating, but in this case It was all for a good cause and many benefited from the rabbits help.  Notice that I did not add an apostrophe in rabbits.  A little hidden joke.  You will have to read the story to find out my meaning. The illustrations were so very cute and colorful which will have you wanting to flip through the page and wanting to read the book over and over again. I highly recommend this book. I rated this book a 5 out of 5. Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book from Peachtree Publishers for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review.  This review is my honest opinion.