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 Black Belt Bunny
 Author: Davis, Jacky

 Illustrator: Fleck, Jay

 Publisher:  Dial Books for Young Readers
 Pub Year: 2017

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [40] p., col. ill., 23 cm

 BTSB No: 261588 ISBN: 9780525429029
 Ages: 3-5 Grades: K

 Subjects:
 Self-confidence -- Fiction
 Rabbits -- Fiction
 Martial arts -- Fiction
 Salads -- Fiction

Price: $20.01

Summary:
Black Belt Bunny is good at sidekicks, backflips, and air chops, but when told he must learn to make a salad, he resists, only to be unexpectedly empowered by himself and the narrator.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.20
   Points: .5   Quiz: 190256

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (-) (06/01/17)
   School Library Journal (06/01/17)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 06/01/2017 PreS-Gr 1—In this humorous story about a karate-obsessed bunny, Davis uses the exchange between an unknown narrator and Black Belt Bunny as a platform for the topic of reluctant/picky eating. The narrator playfully convinces a hesitant young rabbit to use his karate skills to make a nutritious salad. After realizing he can karate chop cabbage, the bunny excitedly "WHAMs," slices, and dices his way through carrots, lettuce, eggplant, beets, and other vegetables. Black Belt proudly presents the salad to the narrator. In an amusing turn of events, it's the narrator who needs to learn a lesson about healthy eating. Fleck's pencil and digital illustrations, done in a warm, earthy palette, have a lively, cartoonish, handcrafted feel. The simplicity of the artwork allows readers to appreciate Black Belt Bunny's facial expressions, which contribute to the humor and action of the narrative. Pair this title with Juana Medina's 1 Big Salad, Amy Krouse Rosenthal's Little Pea, or Lauren Child's I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato for a silly, healthy eating—themed storytime. VERDICT A recommended purchase for most libraries, this entertaining picture book will encourage readers to explore and prepare the vegetables in their own kitchens.—Brianne Colombo, Fairfield Free Public Library, NJ - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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