The Jungle Run


Being small can be best of all!

"Here come the animals, one by one,
all getting ready for the Jungle Run.
Cub turns up to take her place,
but the others say, 'You're too small to race.'"

Cub may be little compared to the other animals, but she's quick and clever. And she knows just how to show the rest of the jungle what a winner she is!

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Being small can be best of all!

"Here come the animals, one by one,
all getting ready for the Jungle Run.
Cub turns up to take her place,
but the others say, 'You're too small to race.'"

Cub may be little compared to the other animals, but she's quick and clever. And she knows just how to show the rest of the jungle what a winner she is!

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Editorial Reviews

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"The rhyme and illustrations combine so joyfully that storytime listeners will want to get up and dance, too."-SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

"The colorful, eye-popping illustrations are sure to entice."-SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

Children's Literature - Rachelle Andrade
As the mighty jungle animals get ready for the big race, they look down their noses, snouts, and trunks at the little lion cub that is set to race with them. They tell her that she is too small to join their race, and soon leave her in a cloud of dust. The gloating of the big animals is short-lived, however, as they soon run into a series of pitfalls in which cub's small size is a huge advantage! This entertaining rhyming story takes readers along an obstacle course in which the animals swing, soar, and splash their way to the finish line. The hand-drawn illustrations are large and colorful, and correspond perfectly with the action in the story. Readers will enjoy the animals' antics and the precarious positions that they find themselves in. These beasts race on two legs and have animated, expressive faces, making it easy for young readers to identify with their actions and feelings. As the race progresses, the excitement builds, and even the positioning of the words gets a little wild. Of course, children won't miss the morals of this story: that bigger is not always better, and that the most important part of any game is to have fun. There is a cute map drawn on the inside covers of the book, showing the path of the Jungle Run course, with labels depicting the hazards and challenges that the animals faced along the way. Children will have a good time outlining the course as it corresponds with the story. Afterward, they may even decide to make up their own obstacle course! Reviewer: Rachelle Andrade
School Library Journal
Gr 1—When Cub wants to join in the Jungle Run, the other creatures say that she's too small. However, the race is through an obstacle course, and, at each impediment, her size lets her easily pull ahead. At the waterslide, elephant tumbles off his mat and takes a tangle of animals with him, but Cub manages to avoid the mess and finishes first. "The race is over and Cub has won. But they all joined in/and they all had fun!" Mitton's rhyming text, though occasionally strained, conveys the exuberance of the participants. The color, motion, facial expressions, and detail in the illustrations bring the story to life. Readers will enjoy seeing the disparate animals in surprising situations and will, of course, be rooting for the smallest one throughout. The end pages have a map of the course and may encourage some youngsters to design their own.—Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH
Kirkus Reviews
Free-spirited artwork with colors of psychedelic intensity smooths the rather fitful nature of this race through the jungle. The animals are getting ready for the jungle run. There's a hippopotamus, a rhinoceros, an elephant and other major players in the bestiary, so when "Cub turns up to take her place, / …the others say, ‘You're too small to race.' " But the rhyming text is too light-hearted to throw much of a wet blanket on the proceedings, and the cub proves to be an adept at the various obstacles on the course, quickly pulling into the lead as the python and gazelle get tangled in the vine net. At the rope swing, Cub makes like a pendulum while Elephant misses altogether and falls in the creek. The others use his sizeable noggin as a stepping stone, which seems a little unsporting. At the waterslide, Cub is suddenly found riding Elephant's back. Wasn't Cub well in the lead, calling an inauspicious "You can't catch me!" over her shoulder, as if tempting the Gingerbread Man's fate? Cub does win the race through no fault of her own, and the whole event becomes a distant afterthought to Parker-Rees' illustrations, with their cool jungle landscapes and radioactive colors. A joyful camaraderie closes the book, a welcome counterpoint to its earlier exclusivity, if another touch of randomness. Fun for one or two reads, but, unlike Cub, it probably won't have much staying power. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545392563
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 921,750
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Tony Mitton has written many wonderful books for children, including DINOSAURUMPUS!, DOWN BY THE COOL OF THE POOL, SPOOKY HOUR, FARMER JOE AND THE MUSIC SHOW, and ALL AFLOAT ON NOAH'S BOAT, all published by Orchard Books, as well as PLUM, published by Arthur A. Levine Books. Mr. Mitton lives in Cambridge, England, with his wife and two children.

Guy Parker-Rees has illustrated many bestselling Orchard books, including K IS FOR KISSING A COOL KANGAROO and THE CHIMPANZEES OF HAPPYTOWN by Giles Andreae; DOWN BY THE COOL OF THE POOL, DINOSAURUMPUS!, and ALL AFLOAT ON NOAH'S BOAT by Tony Mitton; QUIET! by Paul Bright; and THE HIPPO-NOT-AMUS by Tony and Jan Payne. He lives in Brighton, England.

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