Rabbit's Bad Habits
Rabbit's Bad Habits

Series: Rabbit & Bear   

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Annotation: Rabbit and Bear discover that things are always better when they're shared with a friend.
Catalog Number: #181730
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Special Formats: Chapter Book Chapter Book
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2018
Illustrator: Field, Jim,
Pages: 92 pages
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: 1-684-12588-X
ISBN 13: 978-1-684-12588-3
Dewey: Fic
Dimensions: 19 cm.
Language: English
Publishers Weekly
Gough-s children-s debut, a series starter that was first published in the U.K. in 2016, chronicles a rocky friendship between clever, grouchy Rabbit and slow-moving, gentle Bear, with some eye-opening biology thrown in for free. After discovering that her hibernation food stash has been stolen, Bear encounters grumpy Rabbit, whose response to her friendly overtures isn-t promising (-Go away... and take your avalanche with you-). Back in his hole, Rabbit is revealed as the food thief. He tucks into Bear-s delicious grub, and then--he did a little poo and ate it.- Witnessing this personal moment, Bear inquires after it politely. In a hilarious and enlightening sequence, Rabbit explains why rabbits need the extra digestive go-round (-It-s really, really difficult to make a rabbit out of plants-). Bear starts to understand Rabbit-s physiology (and grouchiness) better, and Rabbit comes to value Bear-s playful nature-a virtue that proves lifesaving when a hungry wolf appears. Illustrations by Field (The Koala Who Could) appear on every page, featuring elastic facial expressions and frenetic action that keeps the energy crackling. Gough aces the characters- bumpy encounters, and the intimate details of Rabbit-s life are guaranteed to make even the squeamish laugh-and learn. Ages 8-12. (Jan.)
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
A bear's kindness and generosity sweeten a grumpy rabbit's sour outlook in this wintry woodland encounter.Gough aims both high and low. On the one hand, he shows how the peaceable responses of Bear, equanimity unshaken despite discovering that her food stores have disappeared, to Rabbit's rude comments and behavior gradually work a profound change in his character—and on the other, in the course of their exchanges, he has the long-eared lagomorph deliver a clinically explicit, hilariously extended disquisition on why his kind eats its own poo. Bear goes even further, saving Rabbit from an attacking wolf and then, when he shamefacedly produces the food that he had (yes) stolen earlier, inviting him to join her for a moonlit picnic and a snuggle in her cozy den. The narrative, laid out in short, well-leaded lines, likewise snuggles on every page with Field's duotone cartoon scenes of the two furry figures meeting, parting, starting separate snowmen but ultimately coming together to finish one, and finally sharing a honeycomb and other goodies before bedding down in the warm den. When, showing a newly awakened sense of compassion, Rabbit wonders if the snowman is lonely, Bear has the perfect solution: "In the morning," she murmurs drowsily, "we can make him a friend."Young readers will come away with fresh insights into both poo and peacemaking. (Animal fantasy. 6-8)
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Publishers Weekly
Reading Level: 3.0
Interest Level: 3-6

Avalanches, snowmen, a hungry wolf…and more!

When Bear wakes up early from her hibernation, she decides to build a snowman. Her grumpy neighbor, Rabbit, decides to build an even better one. Rabbit & Bear: Rabbit’s Bad Habits is full of laugh-out-loud moments and chronicles the forming of an unlikely friendship. With illustrations throughout, this chapter book is perfect for middle grade readers and is sure to become a fun favorite on any kid’s bookshelf.

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