Friday, January 1, 2021

Review - Attack of the Snack

Attack of the Snack
(Rabbit and Bear #3)
by Julian Gough
illustrated by Jim Field
Date: 2018
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 112
Format: e-book
Source: library

SPLASH! A Mysterious Thing lands in Rabbit and Bear's peaceful summer lake.

Is it exciting, or terrifying? Is it a tiny fluffy owl, or a huge hungry monster? And has Rabbit finally met a creature with worse habits than himself?

Rabbit's SURE he can solve this mystery. But when he accidentally turns the best day ever into the worst day ever, he needs Bear's help...

From novelist and playwright, Julian Gough and the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, Jim Field, this is a tale of friendship, acceptance and what you can do with blueberry poo.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

These books are probably some of the longest picture books I've ever read. Somehow, though, they don't feel like they're over a hundred pages long. The stories move along at a good clip, and there are always interesting nuggets of information (and poop) nestled within the narrative.

Rabbit and Bear are minding their own business when a little owl falls into the lake. After they pluck it out, Rabbit works himself into a lather based on his erroneous assumptions about owls, eventually wrangling all the other small creatures in the forest into a circle of prejudice and discrimination. It all culminates in the poor little owl (still unconscious after her mishap) being thrown into a makeshift prison. When the animals realize that owls aren't quite as scary as Rabbit has claimed, they must be mature enough to admit they've made a mistake. Can even Rabbit come around and see the error of his ways?

This is pretty amusing. There are a few quips that will probably go over kids' heads, but those are always fun for the parent who's doing the reading. There's quite a bit about poo near the end, but it's actually rather informative.

Overall, this is another fun installment in the series. Be sure to check it out if you enjoyed the other books.

Quotable moment:

Premise: 4/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 3/5
Illustrations: 4/5
Originality: 4/5

Enjoyment: 5/5

Overall: 4.17 out of 5

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