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Lion vs. Rabbit

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  697 ratings  ·  142 reviews
Lion is mean to everyone. When the other animals can't take his bullying anymore, they post an ad asking for help.

One animal after another tries and fails to defeat Lion. Can no one stop him?

Finally a rabbit arrives. No one thinks it will be brave enough or strong enough to defeat Lion. But perhaps this rabbit is smart enough?
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2013 by Peachtree Publishing Company (first published February 1st 2013)
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Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
it is entirely coincidental that i am reviewing this book during this whole "goodreads inelegantly cracking down on bullies" situation.

i had no idea what this was about when i requested it from netgalley - i just saw a rabbit and knew i had to read it.

this book is about a lion who is a bully. not the kind of bully who helpfully points out that an author is attacking reviewers on a website, or has written something morally questionable. this book presents actual bullying, not consumer reporting.
Emily May
Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Emily May by: karen
Shelves: arc, childrens, 2013

This little picture book really has come at a perfect time. There's been a lot of people throwing around the term "bullying" lately when what they really mean is - as karen noted - "consumer reporting". Lion vs. Rabbit is about real bullying, not someone merely expressing a negative opinion or factually reporting the behaviour of others. Lion targets weaker animals than himself, sticks notes on their backs, steals their lunch monkey and all of this is because he enjoys using his power to upset a
Aug 09, 2016 added it
Wait, what? I mean, yes, bullies need to be stopped. And bear, moose, and tiger have it wrong; it's def. not right to stop them by beating them up. But rabbit's strategy isn't ethical either. And I don't know that lions, or bullies, are all that stupid, either.

Read and discuss this with your child.

Or, don't bother to read it, cuz the illustrations are, imo, workmanlike, and the story, imo, isn't all that clever anyway.

There has to be a better way to reach out to Bullies and Mean Girls. Somethin
Nov 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those Looking for Picture-Books About Bullies & Bullying
Lion bullies the other animals in this engaging picture-book from South African author/illustrator Alex Latimer, playing lots of mean tricks until finally everyone has had enough, asking Baboon to place an ad asking for help. Lots of strong creatures show up, from a bear to a tiger, but none have any luck defeating Lion. Then a tiny rabbit appears, and suggests a number of trials in which the leonine bully isn't triumphant. Has Lion met his match...?

An entertaining tale is paired with appealing
Anastasia Aisaysana
Lion vs. Rabbit was ADORABLE.

In a humorous and engaging format with great illustrations, it was written for small children, who, as so often are exposed to bullying by siblings or schoolmates, will find the text easy to relate to.

I appreciated that both Lion's bullying and the attempts to resolve the conflicts were illustrated in a manner that were non-violent, but rather silly. Sometimes storybooks written about dealing with bullying have an edge of mean-ness to them that can be a trifle upse
Stuti Rai
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book all round, and not just for its anti-bullying stance. It's also got a nice mystery that my brother figured out before me(hmph!) and the creativity, too! Tigers arriving on flying carpets and moose in rockets! Ooh, I just loved it. The itty-bitty parts and the scared victims.

Imma be keeping it for the next 60 days until it expires.
Katie Armstrong
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Africa, their was an incredibly mean Lion who bullied all the animals in Africa. They tried hard to make him stop but this was not enough. They called back up. A lovely story about bullying and kindness to others.
Jul 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Interesting tale. Lion is a bully and all the other animals are tired of this, so they put an ad in the newspaper asking for help. A Tiger, a Bear, and a Moose all try to beat Lion at a competition but they fail. The next animal to try is a Rabbit. He challenges Lion to a marshmallow eating contest, which the rabbit wins. Lion says that the challenge was unfair, so rabbit challenges him to some other competitions such as a quiz, and a painting contest, which Lion fails to beat Rabbit in as well. ...more
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books

4.3 stars

Funny. Lion is mean to the other animals. So the animals advertise for someone to come and help get Lion to stop being a bully. Many animals arrive and try to beat lion at a variety of competitions---boxing, fencing, arm wrestling----but no one can beat him. Rabbit arrives and beats Lion at marshmallow-eating, answering quizzes, painting, and racing. Lion concedes that Rabbit beat him and begins to be nice to the other animals.

Rabbit actually beats Lion through trickery. And it doesn’t
The Styling Librarian
Lion vs Rabbit by Alex Latimer – Love this twisted story that touches a little on the rabbit and the hare story. Cute story about a lion who was a bully who frustrated all the other animals so that they asked other animals to try to teach him a lesson. When Rabbit rises to the occasion, you never know might happen. Hilarious and a fantastic read aloud. I enjoyed having quite the lengthy discussions with students about what is fair, when is cheating acceptable, and how you stop a bully…
Grace Tolman
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lion vs. Rabbit was cute. The animals were fed up with the bully Lion and they were searching for a "savior" of some sort. They placed an advertisement wanting someone to 'beat" the lion in exchange for a reward. The bigger predator animals like bear, moose, and tiger tried but could not beat the Lion. And then a small and seemingly harmless rabbit announces he will beat the lion. Of course this seemed laughable to the king of the jungle so he even allows the rabbit to chose the challenges they ...more
William Notte
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I brought this book home to read with my six-year-old daughter. The art is super fun and as a comic book fan I like introducing her to storybooks that bounce between regular text and word balloons, in the hope this will make the jumble of text that comics can be less confusing to her as she encounters them as a young reader.

Lion is a bully. The other animals are sick of this, but none have the gumption to stand up to him. So they place an ad online offering “100 BUCKS (mostly gazelle)” to any ot
Sunah Chung
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lion is mean to every animal. Lion sticks a silly note to the back of Zibra and even steals lunch money from Hyena. Animals decide to post an advertisement to hire someone to make Lion stop bullying them, and a bear, a moose, and a tiger come to stop Lion from bullying other animals. But, Lion defeats them all. The last one to compete against Lion is a rabbit. Rabbit (a group of rabbits) wins the competitions and Lion no longer bullies friends.

In this story, the little creature beat the large
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Kinley Ohland
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a lion who bullies all the other animals and no one can stop him. It gets to a point when the animals get so frustrated with the lion that they post an ad saying that they need help to stop him. Many animals try to defeat him, but no one can. A rabbit comes along and no one believes an animal like a rabbit could defeat the lion, but sure enough the rabbit proves everyone wrong. The obvious theme in this book is bullying. Another theme I saw in this book was friendship and team ...more
Jun 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Fables are usually fun, and when done well a story with a clear message or morale is a good read. I have mixed feelings about this one. The Lion is a bully. The other animals try to stop him by beating him at his own game - with no success. Eventually rabbit shows up and uses his wits to defeat Lion. Although, he doesn't quite do it ethically. Does that matter? Maybe, maybe not. The bullying stopped.... This book is a good conversation starter about bullies, and how to overcome then. ...more
Nov 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Lion is quite a bully and everyone is afraid to confront him. The other animals advertise for someone to help them. Several come - Bear, Moose, Tiger - but Lion defeats them all. One more animal comes - Rabbit. He defeats Lion in several contests including running up the mountain. Lion agrees to treat others better. The animals discover that Rabbit was able to win as there were actually 10 of them working together.
Use to talk about bullying and problem solving.
Lion is a big bully, but all the other animals are too afraid of him to stop him so they put out an ad offering a reward for anyone who can stop Lion. Bear, Moose, and Tiger all come but are unsuccessful. Eventually Rabbit shows up and uses his brains (and a few tricks) to beat Lion. While I'm not necessarily a fan of tricking bullies, the story is humorous and the illustrations are fun. I think my story time kids will enjoy this one, a fun group read aloud. ...more
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic story with a twist that tackles bullying, good for KS1. A bully lion goes around upsetting people; it's full of humour - such as a "lunch monkey" being taken. They enlist the help of varies heroes from other countries, but a rabbit saves the day. It reminds me of traditional stories I was told, of rabbits out smarting lions. ...more
Oct 11, 2017 rated it liked it
I suppose this can affirm the importance of teamwork, but it does that by deception, where "teamwork" would have been better served by the bullied animals working together. There are still some fun puns and a great picture of a lion helping an elderly antelope with groceries. ...more
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
So cute, love the ending.
Hααlεч ♥ Fιѕнεя
This book was funny.
It shows that Bullies don't ever get their way.
Rebecca Caufman
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
The lion is a bully to the other animals so they put an ad in the paper for help. Rabbit answers the ad.
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: story-time
I guess the moral of this book is that cheating is okay as long as you're playing against a bully who occasionally cheats him- or herself. ...more
Abigail (Abbe)
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kendall
Interesting but not worth purchasing.
Sophie Klockow
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ed-438
Use in classroom: everyone is good at their own things, bullying
Library book for Marcus
Kelly Neal
Sep 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Funny and lovely use of illustration. I would use this with a year 3 class for a geography lesson and ask the children to research the different countries that the animals come from.
Ivy Moser
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fun and silly :)
The only thing that I disliked was that the main characters were all MALE animals. Would love to see less "masculine default" language in children's books!
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: leo-reading
so funny!
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Alex Latimer lives near the border of a national park so when not writing or drawing, he spends his free time shooing baboons out of his lounge. The Boy Who Cried Ninja is his first book for children. He lives in South Africa.

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