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Jackalope

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  146 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
Never seen a jackalope? Not even sure what one is? Well, you've come to the right place. You'll get the whole wild story right here in this book.
You see, the jackalope didn't start out with horns. First he was a plain old hare. You know, a jackrabbit. The horns came later, along with a corny fairy godrabbit and a cranky coyote. And the trouble those horns brought--hoooo-we
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Hardcover, 56 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Harcourt Children's Books
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Maria
Nov 20, 2012 Maria rated it really liked it
In Jackalope by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel, a storytelling armadillo tells the tale of how a jackrabbit became a jackalope. Jackrabbit was not happy being himself so he wished upon on a star that he be anything but himself. His fairy godrabbit grants him horns like those of an antelope and he becomes a jackalope. Jackalope, however, did not know that telling lies would cause his horns to grow big and heavy. He soon finds himself stuck and in danger of being eaten by Coyote. ...more
Lindsey Richard
Funny and intriguing book for students to read or listen to. Can talk about extinction or things from the past. Big paragraphs on each page so probably better for students to listen to at a younger age.
Katie Rogler
Feb 22, 2015 Katie Rogler rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading Jackalope and I think it is a great book to have handy in the classroom. Whether its for a read aloud, or independent read, this book will be a crowd favorite for a classroom full of second graders. This book would be a great one to read aloud for enrichment because of the underlying lessons and themes of the book. The first theme is self-love. Some students will think that they need to be more like others in order to fit in. Jack, the main character in the book, is in a ...more
Bec
May 11, 2008 Bec rated it really liked it
Format: 54 pages (including end papers). Appx. 2500 words.

Mixing the legend of the jackalope with themes from Snow White and Pinocchio, Stevens and Grummel weave the tale of a jackrabbit who wishes he were fierce to hilarious effect. Puns abound in the text as the jackrabbit asks his fairy godrabbit for horns, gets them, and ends up being chased by a coyote who thinks that horns or not, jackrabbits are tasty. Hung up by his horns, the jackrabbit is sure to be coyote dinner until the fairy godrab
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Incorporating elements and plot devices from fairy tales--a truthful mirror (on a tree),a fairy god rabbit, and horns that grow longer and more cumbersome a la Pinocchio--Janet Stevens tells the story of Jack, the hare, who is dissatisfied with his ordinariness. He wants to be noticed and thinks that if he looked more fierce he wouldn't be ignored. When his fairy god rabbit can grant only one wish--for horns like the antelope (a.k.a pronghorn)--unexpected problems occur. With horns that have gro
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Caycee Hatchette
Feb 25, 2015 Caycee Hatchette rated it really liked it
Personal reaction: I liked this book and I enjoyed reading it because it was clever and funny.

I would read this book to first graders. This story is interesting because there is a narrator character that pops up every few pages to insert a comment but overall, it's told through character's interactions. There is figurative language in terms of onomatopoeia. It's also kind of fairy tale like. This is a book that would be used probably for fun or just pleasure to read to the class. It's also pret
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Jenny
Sep 05, 2016 Jenny rated it really liked it
This is a punny book with some pretty "corny" humor (readers will see what I just did there.). It has nods toward other literature (folk tales and nursery rhymes). Jackalope is extinct now. This is the story of how Jackrabbit became a jackalope (his fairy godrabbit granted him one wish) and how his dishonesty got him and others into trouble.

Some great messages about honesty, helping others, and being happy to be yourself are incorporated into this humorous book with fabulous illustrations. I rea
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Mandy Steffen Lucas
Sep 11, 2013 Mandy Steffen Lucas rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
In this book, Jack is a hare who wants to be intimidating. Luckily, he meets his fairy godrabbit, a very cute character who has a lot of silly puns involving vegetables, and she grants him one wish. He wishes to have horns like an antelope to make himself look fierce. Jack’s wish is granted, but comes with some advice that he doesn’t heed, which lands himself and ultimately fairy godrabbit in trouble with a coyote who is very hungry for rabbits. In the end, Jack learns a lesson about loyalty to ...more
Peacegal
Sep 09, 2016 Peacegal rated it liked it
Silly, quirky, and full of Southwestern style.
Angela
Jun 20, 2011 Angela rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
The text may be a little heavy for some young readers, but the rewards are never-ending. Read with enthusiasim, gusto, sass and style and you'll find a mixed-up fairy tale that patient listeners will request again and again.

Fans of the STINKY CHEESE MAN are perfect matches for the humor and magic in this gem of a picture book. Looking for a book smart and fun enough to entertain readers sure they are too old for picture books? Give this one a try.

Don't let it go OUT OF PRINT! Buy one today!

Megan (ReadingRover)
This is a cute book about accepting who you are. It has a few different fairytale aspects in it like the fairy god rabbit and the magic mirror which made it a bit more interesting. Overall it's a story of a jackrabbit who wants to be something other than what he is. He wishes he was scary and fierce but when his wish is granted it comes at a price and only gets him into trouble. The moral is to not try to be someone that you aren't and accept who you are.
Chris Young
Jun 17, 2014 Chris Young rated it did not like it
A hare wants to be fierce and intimidating, so he wishes on a star and is granted horns that grow when he lies by a fairy godrabbit that is decked out in vegetables. It is hard to believe this book came from the same team that gave us the wonderful Great Fuzz Frenzy. A weird, sloppy mishmash of fairy tale tropes, an annoying and unnecessary narrator, bad rhyming schemes used inconsistently, puns and sarcasm that would probably go over the heads of the intended audience. Not good.
Jennifer
Feb 15, 2010 Jennifer rated it liked it
Jackalope is the story of Jack and his Fairy Godrabbit Jill told with the help of an armadillo. Jack wants to horns so he won't be ordinary any more. This longer picture book uses wit and puns to explain the jackalope mystery. I think kids young kids would enjoy hearing the story but a little bit older students would get the humor. There are bits of fairy tales woven into the story. He used a talking mirror like Cinderella's mirror and his horns grew when he told a lie like Pinocchio.
Joshua
Dec 18, 2015 Joshua rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A fun fairy tale kind of story about a jackalope. Probably the best part is the narrating armadillo who walks in on the inside cover and sets up his lawn chair to tell the story, then get ups and walks off the inside back cover.
Kathryn
Jun 12, 2015 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Be careful what you wish for...that is the true message...and be happy with who you are. With adorable illustrations I learned the story of jackrabbit who wears great glasses and his fairy godrabbit. What a pair.
The Brothers
Feb 04, 2016 The Brothers rated it really liked it
Shelves: fables, rabbits, texas
This is a fun western fable, if you will, about how a hare tried to improve his lot in life by getting his fairy godrabbit to make him into something he wasn't by wishing for attributes of other animals to make him more fierce. (Thus turning into a jackalope.)

Nice illustrations.
Matthew
Apr 12, 2011 Matthew rated it liked it
This was truly hectic and funny at the same time. It wasn't the frantic rise of action that The Great Fuzz Frenzy was, but still it was well done.
Cindy
Mar 08, 2015 Cindy rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A wonderful read aloud story about self-love, loyalty/honesty, and contains many silly puns about vegetables! It has a tricky end where it fools the listeners, then explains what really happens.
Jennifer Kelly
Dec 16, 2015 Jennifer Kelly rated it it was amazing
Jackalope's getting a lot of hate here. I'm surprised. Everyone at home got a great laugh out of this book, especially from the salad-wearing Fairy God-Rabbit.
Lucia
Feb 23, 2010 Lucia rated it really liked it
What a fun book!! I love the rhyming and the rascalliness of this poor, hare. Great book to share with older kids for storytime.
Beyond the Pages
Feb 15, 2016 Beyond the Pages rated it it was ok
My husband and kids gave this 2 stars.
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Janet Stevens began drawing as a child. Pictures decorated her walls, mirrors, furniture and school work -- including math assignments. While this didn't always sit well with her teachers, it was what she loved to do.

Janet’s father was in the Navy therefore she moved a great deal and attended many schools while growing up.

After graduating from high school in Hawaii in 1971 she landed a job creati
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