Rescue Bunnies
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Rescue Bunnies

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by Doreen Cronin, Scott Menchin
     
 

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Newbie is a Rescue Bunny trainee.

She has passed the Physical Fitness Test. She has passed the Emergency Rescue Roping Test. She has even passed the Blind Taste Test. Now it's time for the toughest Rescue Bunny test of all . . . the Field Test!

It involves a scared giraffe in a sinking mudhole, some hungry hyenas, and dance moves that sneak up on you.

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Overview

Newbie is a Rescue Bunny trainee.

She has passed the Physical Fitness Test. She has passed the Emergency Rescue Roping Test. She has even passed the Blind Taste Test. Now it's time for the toughest Rescue Bunny test of all . . . the Field Test!

It involves a scared giraffe in a sinking mudhole, some hungry hyenas, and dance moves that sneak up on you.

Will Newbie have what it takes? The right stuff? Can she handle the truth?

One thing is for sure . . . she will have you at hello.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Newbie, the aptly named trainee of the tough-minded Rescue Bunnies, is eager to prove she has what it takes to become a full-fledged member. She gets her chance when a giraffe gets stuck in the mud in the middle of hyena country. There’s just one more thing Newbie needs to know: if the hyenas get too close, the bunnies call a Code Red. “Evacuation,” explains a crew member. “We leave, giraffe stays.” Will Newbie save the day--or just her own skin? Menchin’s crisp digital images initially feel too juvenile given the premise (the rabbits seem more mouselike than rabbity), and Cronin (who collaborated with Menchin on Wiggle, Bounce, and Stretch) relies on a surprising number of tired gags and movie quotes (everything from “You can’t handle the truth!” to “Here’s looking at you, kid”) to give the Rescue Bunnies a whiff of hard-boiled irreverence. But once the Rescue Bunnies get on the scene, and Newbie bonds with the stranded giraffe, the comic melodrama kicks into high gear. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Nancy Baumann
Hoping to become a full-fledged Rescue Bunny, Newbie has one last test to pass—the dreaded Field Test! A distress call comes in, and everyone scrambles to rescue a young giraffe stuck in mud. Dangling from a helicopter, Newbie flies to the savanna where the giraffe is mired in the mud. Newbie collides with a tree before coming face to face with the giraffe. This is followed by more slapstick rescue attempts with the giraffe being tugged and pulled and pushed by the crew. The villains, a pack of hyenas, appear on the horizon ready to do away with the helpless giraffe. The rest of the team quits the mission and leaves in a CODE RED (evacuate and leave victim). But Newbie springs into action. Strapping herself to the giraffe's neck and vowing to stay until the bitter end, Newbie inspires her team to "bunny hop" the giraffe to safety. Preschool and primary age children will delight in the slapstick and simple rescue story. While some of the humor will not make sense to the audience, the bright colors, uncluttered pages and funny bunnies should entertain young listeners. Libraries may want to use this book during Fire Safety Week and for units about Community Helpers. Reviewer: Nancy Baumann
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—In her field-test trial, Newbie joins the rest of her big-booted rescue team in trying to extract a young giraffe from a pool of muck on a savanna. Nothing works. Complicating the rescue and threatening a "Code Red" (abandon rescue and victim) is an incoming band of evil-looking hyenas. When Newbie realizes that the giraffe she is comforting will be at the mercy of the ravening pack, she ties herself onto its neck and the other team members use the rhythm of the "bunny hop" to pull the leggy creature free. The plot meanders lazily and illogically from a behind-the-scenes look at Newbie's training, to the bumbling rescue attempts, to a somewhat longish section of indecision while the hyenas gallop in as the bunnies burble and chat. Scattered throughout the text, apropos of nothing, are quotes from movies that will mostly soar over the heads of young listeners. The full-color art uses minimalist backgrounds and simple shapes to focus readers' eyes on the action. Libraries looking for books on community helpers or rescue teams may enjoy seeing these bunnies in action, but this effort is additional at best.—Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library, WI
Kirkus Reviews
Appropriately named Newbie is training to become a Rescue Bunny. She's conquered the Physical Fitness Test, the Emergency Rescue Roping Test and even the Blind Taste Test. The only test she still needs to take is the Field Test. At last, a call comes through. A giraffe is stuck in the mud, in hyena country of all places. It doesn't look good. Newbie bumbles and fumbles, making rookie mistakes and exasperating both colleagues and victim, but in the end her fierce determination not to leave the giraffe, even in the face of snarling, wild-eyed hyenas, saves the day. Cronin and Menchin (Stretch, 2009, etc.) team up once again in this humorous tale that oddly—yet quite successfully—combines the message of perseverance, the importance of rescue workers and sly nods to adult readers along the way. Lines from popular movies are slipped into separate speech bubbles, which can be skipped or chuckled over. And what is the step that finally saves the splayed giraffe? The Bunny Hop, of course. An inventive look at an essential profession. (Picture book. 4-8)
Booklist
“Cronin’s story feels like an actual story, complete with mini plot arcs, fast parts, slow parts, and character development—a nice change from the fast dash of most picture books.”
The Horn Book
“Cronin and Menchin team up again to bring slapstick humor, impeccable timing, and cheesy movie quotes to this rousing tale of bravery, determination, and knowing when to do the Bunny Hop.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061128714
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/31/2010
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
892,763
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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