BUNNY VS. MONKEY by Jamie Smart


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Age Range: 6 - 10
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A gentle rabbit and his forest friends are thrown into upheaval when a mischievous monkey moves into their home.

Affable Bunny lives in a peaceful wood with his kind-but-not-too-bright friends Weenie the squirrel and Pig. One fateful day, a megalomaniacal monkey is launched Muttnik-style from a science lab to land not in space, but in Bunny's forest. Monkey, determined to take over the area and make it Monkey-topia, befriends Skunky, a brilliant skunk with a knack for creating diabolical machines. The pair employs various methods to rid the forest of its residents, including Caterpillarzilla, which eats everything in sight, a robot crocodile named Metal Steve, a plot involving a fake mustache and some dubious legal-looking documents, a terrifically spooky bat costume, and the robot cockroach. Much like many other cartoon heroes, the ever patient Bunny seems to somehow outfox all of Monkey's harebrained schemes, saving his home for yet another day. A number of small, episodic vignettes captures their antics, framing them around calendar months to add a cohesive feel to the frenetically paced narrative. Small, busy, action-filled panels deliver a nearly ceaseless barrage of high jinks, cuteness, and giggle-worthy sight gags; it all has an easy feel, similar to network cartoons. Recommend this to fans of James Kolchalka's quirky brand of humor.

More fun—and silliness—than a barrel of monkeys. (Graphic fantasy. 6-10)

Pub Date: Jan. 26th, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-545-86184-7
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: David Fickling/Phoenix/Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2015


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