Tricky Rabbit Tales

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Rabbit thinks he's the cleverest animal in the forest. But can he prove that to Fox, Gator, and Bear? Rabbit needs to pull the best trick of all, without getting caught . . . or eaten! In these African American Rabbit tales, YOU decide what happens next! Six journeys to follow! Which will YOU take?

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Rabbit thinks he's the cleverest animal in the forest. But can he prove that to Fox, Gator, and Bear? Rabbit needs to pull the best trick of all, without getting caught . . . or eaten! In these African American Rabbit tales, YOU decide what happens next! Six journeys to follow! Which will YOU take?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Christine Nicodemus
Brother Fox has just stopped by to tell Brother Rabbit that at a recent party Rabbit was not considered one of the ten cleverest animals in the woods. Now Rabbit is on a mission—to prove he is clever—and the reader is invited to join him on his escapades through a choose-your-own-adventure format. By incorporating graphic novel style panels and other more traditional illustrations Schweizer and Giallongo are able to work together to create a convincing narrative that appeals to a wide age range of readers who will enjoy interacting with the text to drive the plot. While some adventures prove Rabbit's cleverness, others leave him living in a swamp with an alligator, landing in a pile of mud, or chased by a swarm of angry bees. These unfortunate endings parallel nicely with the more traditional Uncle Remus stories which often depicted animals getting into trouble when they did not follow the rules or otherwise behave themselves. One of six titles in the "Tricky Journeys" series, Schweizer's book would be a great addition to a unit focusing on storytelling traditions. This title includes a brief summary of the oral story traditions in the southeastern United States on the final page. Reviewer: Christine Nicodemus
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—There's no shortage of excitement in these Choose-Your-Own-Adventure-style graphic novels. The format ensures that they are more about the journeys than the destinations, as every couple of pages end in a cliff-hanger. Readers must decide how to proceed, guiding the story. In Coyote, children must help the animal escape a confrontation with an angry bear. In the more successful second book, Rabbit tries to prove to Fox that he is the cleverest animal in the forest. As one might expect based on the format, some of the endings are extremely abrupt. The narratives branch out fairly randomly—readers concerned with making the "right" decision to continue the story needn't deliberate too long. Loosely based on folktales from the Native-American and African-American traditions, these books may prove an effective gateway for further exploration of those genres. The illustrations are bold with a bright color palette. Coyote in particular has a decidedly animation-inspired feel. For beefing up reluctant-reader offerings, these books are worth a look.—Travis Jonker, Dorr Elementary School, MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761366072
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Series: Tricky Journeys Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Schweizer was born in 1980 and grew up in Louisiana and Kentucky. He received a BFA in Graphic Design from Murray State University, where he also studied English, and his MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta. He is the cartoonist of the Crogan Adventure Series, an award-winning historical fiction graphic novel series that has made the American Library Association's Great Graphic Novels for Teens list, the Maverick list, and Book Reporter's Core Ten Teen Collection Graphic Novels list, as well as earning Eisner and CYBILS award nominations. Tricky Journeys is his first series for young readers. He teaches comics at SCAD-Atlanta, and lives in Marietta, Georgia, with his wife and daughter.

Zack was born and raised in Massachusetts, although one half of his family lives in Indiana. Between New England and the Midwest, he's a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll. He currently lives with two cats and enjoys playing the banjo. He also likes cheese, bowling, and writing in the third person.

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  • Posted January 5, 2012

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    A fun, tricky trickster tale

    There are many "Tricky Journeys" that you can take in this book, and every one of them can be different depending on which path you take. Rabbit is very clever, but is he the cleverest of all his friends? Naturally Fox, Gator, and Bear think they are, but perhaps if Rabbit can "pull the best trick of all" he will be the champion trickster of the forest. One day Rabbit was standing in a field when mean old Brother Fox snuck up on him. It was "polite for animals to call one another Brother or Sister, even when one of them is trying to eat you." When Rabbit asked what he was doing, he claimed he was only going to tell him some news. Apparently at Brother Goat's dinner everyone decided to make of list of "the ten cleverest animals in the woods." Much to Rabbit's surprise he did NOT make the list. Of course that was nonsense and he began to bore fox by telling him about all the times he had tricked someone. Ho, hum ... Brother Fox wasn't the least bit interested in hearing him. He leaned on the fence as Rabbit got all riled up and then told him "you may play good tricks. But if you were really clever, you wouldn't get caught." There were a couple of things that Rabbit could do to prove he was the cleverest animal in the forest. He could either play a trick on Brother Fox or everyone who had attended Brother Goat's party. Which would it be? Would he be able to pull off a great trick or would someone catch him? This tale has many twists and turns with several different surprise endings. Depending on which way the reader decides to turn, he or she may find that Rabbit is "the cleverest trickster" or, in one instance, gets stuck in the swamp with Brother Gator. Young readers will definitely enjoy reading this graphic novel as they go back and forth creating their own version of a trickster tale. If they don't like it when it looks like Rabbit might end up in a pot of rabbit stew, the story can simply be restarted or backed up to follow another path. The panels in this beginning graphic novel are bright, colorful, and very appealing. In the back of the book is a brief historical vignette about the historical origins of the African American Rabbit tales. Quill says: This is a fun, tricky trickster tale of Rabbit who wants to be the cleverest animal in the forest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Nice Read. I would recommend it to anyone.

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  • Posted November 15, 2011

    Fun Book

    Fun Book

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    Posted November 15, 2011

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