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Bunny vs. Monkey 1
Contributor(s): Smart, Jamie

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ISBN: 0545861845     ISBN-13: 9780545861847
Publisher: David Fickling Books
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: January 2016

Annotation: When mean, selfish Monkey is sent into space, his spaceship crash-lands in Bunny's peaceful forest home, and Monkey, believing he is on a new planet, tries to claim it for his own.

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Rabbits; Fiction.
Monkeys; Fiction.
Humorous stories.
Dewey: 741.5/942
LCCN: bl2016002258
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 3-4, Age 8-9
Series: Bunny vs. Monkey
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.75" H x 6.00" W x 0.25" (0.28 lbs) 61 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 181845
Reading Level: 2.6   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 1.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q67456
Reading Level: 2.7   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 4.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2015 October #4)

Smart keeps the laughs coming in this compilation of comics that were previously published in the British comic The Phoenix. Reflecting the weekly nature of that publication, these 26 two-page episodes move through the seasons as they follow the combative exchanges between the villainous Monkey and forest-dwellers Bunny, Pig, and Weenie the squirrel. Monkey—who thinks he's on another planet, when his spaceship actually launched from a nearby scientific facility—wastes no time in attempting to conquer the forest, aided by the destructive/defective inventions of a skunk with an underground lab. Smart's animals are cuter than cute, which makes the mayhem of inventions like a rotten-egg-dropping chicken zeppelin all the funnier, and the ever-cheerful and none-too-bright Pig and Weenie often steal the spotlight. (After dressing up as a ghost for Halloween—in May—Weenie only scares himself: "Augh! I'm a ghost? I'm scared of ghosts," he wails. "Did I diiiiiiie?") Some of the tired insults that get slung around (dumb, sissies, "like a girl") are overdue for retirement, but there's still a lot to enjoy in this collection. Ages 7–10. (Jan.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2015 December)

Gr 3–5—What do you get when you cross a peaceful forest bunny and a deranged space monkey and throw in Chicken Zeppelins and bungee-jumping beavers? The resulting mash-up is graphic novel gold. A team of scientists have sent Monkey into space, or so they thought. His spaceship never leaves orbit, crash-landing in Bunny's tranquil forest, where he claims the "new world" as his own, and all manner of hilarity ensues. Smart creates an absorbing story, spanning the months from January to June, that keeps readers invested in their newfound forest friends. The illustrations are bold, with nary a speck of unused or wasted page. VERDICT The start of a new series, this is ideal for elementary-age readers and a must-own series for any graphic novel collection.—John Trischitti, Midland County Public Libraries, TX

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