- I'm a Hare, So There! by Julie Rowan-Zoch
Trade ed. ISBN 9780358125068 $17.99
E-book ed. ISBN 9780358125006 $12.99
Reviewed from digital galleys R 4-7 yrs
Jack the Hare responds poorly to being called "rabbit" by a fellow desert animal, despite being none too accurate with his own nomenclature (referring to the ground squirrel who calls him a rabbit as a "chipmunk"). As Jack haughtily enlightens the squirrel on the distinctions between a rabbit and hare, mixing up turtles and tortoises along the way, a coyote sneaks up on the hare and refers to him as a "rabbit," in response to which Jack punches the predator's lights out: "So there, Jackal!" This clever rumination on the differences between commonly mixed-up animals is a sneakily educational readaloud. The hare and company are portrayed with comedically proportioned, lanky bodies in digital art against a smudgy-textured desert backdrop laden with cacti. Less heedless about identification than Jack, the book includes a quick guide to easily discernible differences between commonly misidentified critters, from frogs and toads to ravens and crows. A guide at the end suggests viewers can go back and hunt down various desert animals snuck onto the pages, providing additional interactivity and enjoyable re-viewing potential.