Bound To Stay Bound

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 That's not bunny!
 Author: Barton, Chris

 Illustrator: Jack, Colin

 Publisher:  Disney/Hyperion
 Pub Year: 2016

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [43] p., col. ill., 26 cm.

 BTSB No: 095023 ISBN: 9781423190868
 Ages: 3-5 Grades: K

 Hawks -- Fiction
 Birds -- Food -- Fiction
 Rabbits -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction

Price: $20.01

A hungry hawk is outsmarted by the rabbit he hopes to have as a meal.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 1.60
   Points: .5   Quiz: 179194
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: K-2
   Reading Level: 1.70
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 68149

   Kirkus Reviews (-) (11/15/15)
   School Library Journal (11/01/15)
   Booklist (01/01/16)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/03/16)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 11/01/2015 PreS-Gr 2—A near-sighted hawk attempts to catch a rabbit and fails repeatedly, ending up each time with its talons full of vegetables. This, in turn, causes Hawk to question his identity. "Was he a carrot hawk, or was he a hawk hawk?" His ritual of speeding downward, opening his talons, and screaming is repeated several times throughout the story, each time revealing a more deflated predator. The digital cartoon art features close-ups on the characters' expressions; each illustration is devoid of background. The result is an intense focus on the choreography of the two characters as well as on the spoils of Hawk's repeated failed attempts. The structure of this character-driven story makes it easy for an audience to join in the storytelling and provides many opportunities for kids to audibly express their sympathy for Hawk. VERDICT Perfect for reading aloud, this is a great addition to picture book collections.—Matthew C. Winner, Ducketts Lane Elementary School, Elkridge, MD - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 01/01/2016 Perched precariously on the end of a tapering branch, Hawk spies a tasty bunny below holding an orange vegetable. Speeding downward, talons open, he dives! But—swoosh—all he catches is a carrot! Dropping it into his nest, he resolves to try again. He swoops, screaming fiercely, but this time, Bunny holds up a cucumber. The bumpy green thing goes into his nest as well. Third try: lettuce?!! Frustrated, Hawk wonders if he is a “hawk hawk” or a . . . vegetable hawk? When Hawk tries to entice Bunny into his nest, Bunny outsmarts him once again. Conclusion: Hawk, zero; Bunny, salad! Barton’s hilarious story is enhanced by Jack’s cartooned digital artwork. A close-up of Hawk’s descending talons and another of his eyes reflecting a terrified Bunny heighten the intensity of the drama. Colors are vibrant, emotions high, and the two active combatants have distinct personalities. A fun read-aloud for those who enjoyed a similar showdown in Barton’s Shark vs. Train (2010). - Copyright 2016 Booklist.

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