About the Book:
Title: The Rescue Rabbits
Author: Eric Seltzer
Illustrator: Roland Garrigue
Pub. Date: November 10, 2020
Beagles and Books is excited to be part of the blog tour for The Rescue Rabbits. Special thanks to Two Lions and Barbara Fisch of Blue Slip Media for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
If you are animal in trouble, there is no need to fear. Ace, Chip, Dot, and Spot (also known as the Rescue Rabbits) are here! Equipped with nifty gadgets such as a Super–Excavator to lift large animals and Rash–Away Lotion to soothe an itchy kangaroo, the Rescue Rabbits are always ready and prepared to help an animal in need.
Not long after they return to their headquarters, the Rescue Rabbits receive a desperate call from Prince Rex. And boy, is he in trouble!
No problem is too big for the Rescue Rabbits! But the first step to rescuing is finding Prince Rex. Thankfully, Chip uses their Tracking Device to identify his location. Once Prince Rex is free of both ants and chopsticks, the last step is getting him down from the tree. Unfortunately, Rex is not fond of ladders or ropes. But the Rescue Rabbits remain cool and confident working together on a new plan which involves not only Super–Chopper 9000 but also Queen Rex, the prince’s mother.
Propeller problems may stop other teams but Dot makes sure the Rescue Rabbits fly safely. Once they reach Prince Rex, his mother’s voice (with the help of the Super–Megaphone) is all he needs to climb down on his own. Worried about getting in trouble, Prince Rex shows contrition to his mother who warmly accepts not only his apology but also her son in her arms.
As a reading specialist, I have the pleasure of reading to a second grade class daily. Thanks to Kindle Unlimited, I was able to share a digital version of this entertaining story with them this week. Before reading, I asked the children to think about what the Rescue Rabbits can teach us. Here are some of the lessons the students shared.
- Help people.
- Say you are sorry.
- Work together.
- Don’t give up.
After the students shared their thoughts, we briefly discussed how the characters’ words and actions show positive traits such as responsibility, forgiveness, cooperation, collaboration, resourcefulness, creativity, and perseverance. With an engaging and fun plot that champions positive virtues and bold and playful cartoon–like illustrations, the students (and this teacher) give The Rescue Rabbits two thumbs up!
Praise for The Rescue Rabbits!
“Readers will see in these pages a gentle spoof of cartoons and blockbusters that include endless product tie-ins, but the story also offers an amusing tribute to competency-themed pretend play.” —Publishers Weekly
About the Author:
Eric Seltzer received his BFA from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. He worked as a TV graphics designer and an advertising art director before writing and illustrating children’s books. His book Four Pups and a Worm was an IRA/CBC Children’s Book Choice, and The Long Dog was named a Gryphon Award Honor Book. He recently published the board book Arf! Buzz! Cluck! illustrated by David Creighton-Pester. Eric lives with his family in Michigan.
About the Illustrator:
Roland Garrigue is a prolific children’s book illustrator from Paris who attended art school in Strasbourg, France. His recent books include Cavekid Birthday, written by Cathy Breisacher, and Mother Ghost: Nursery Rhymes for Little Monsters, written by Rachel Kolar. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter @rolandgarrigue.
One lucky winner will receive a copy of The Rescue Rabbits courtesy of Two Lions (U.S. addresses only). This giveaway is open from Friday, November 13, 2020 through Friday, November 21, 2020 ending at 10:00 p.m. EST. Please note that book may take longer to ship so patience is appreciated. Enter below or head over to my Twitter account, @lauramossa and retweet my Rescue Rabbits blog tour post.