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Lion vs. Rabbit

Lion vs. Rabbit

Fall 2013 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Alex Latimer
Illustrator: Alex Latimer
ISBN: 9781561457090
Hardcover Price: $15.95

"Lion was mean to everyone." So begins Alex Latimer's cautionary tale for would-be bullies, told with humor, real-life purpose, a clever nod to the fable of "The Tortoise and the Hare" and engaging digitized and colored pencil drawings. Tired of being bullied, but too intimidated to do anything about it, Lion's victims seek help online. Unfortunately, Lion defeats all comers and is a bigger meanie than ever…until Rabbit arrives. The contest of might and wills between Lion and his bunny challenger begins with a marshmallow-eating competition. Lion eats three buckets of the sweet treat; Rabbit eats ten. Mystified, Lion pleads indigestion and Rabbit agrees to further tests: a brainy quiz, hopping and painting. Rabbit wins again, Lion whines and Rabbit proposes one final competition: a race to the top of the mountain. No way little Rabbit can beat big, brawny Lion's superior strength and stamina, right? Latimer provides a rib-tickling answer--and humbled Lion's bullying days are over.

Lynne Heffley   ©2013 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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