Napoleon vs. the Bunnies (Head-to-Head History) by J.F. Fox, illustrated by Anna Kwan. Kids Can Press, 9781525302022, 2021
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Picture book – historical account
What did you like about the book? Napoleon is widely remembered as one of the greatest generals in history, but what many may not know is that after signing a treaty with Tsar Alexander of Russia in 1807, Napoleon ordered his chief of staff to organize a chaotic rabbit hunt to celebrate. It sounds like a fun day, however, there was a problem. The rabbits that had been collected for the hunt were not wild, and as such, they were very friendly. The “bunny battalion” stormed Napoleon and his guests, and their charm and sheer number overwhelmed this accomplished general so greatly that he turned and fled! This delightful retelling of an interesting event in history is sure to charm young readers. The ink-drawn artwork was colored digitally, adding just the right pop of color or drama to propel this humorous story to its dramatic ending. The end pages provide additional information about Napoleon’s strengths and weaknesses as a general. In addition, a brief but effective glossary details important “must know” vocabulary, and a short but thorough source list suggests grade-level appropriate books for further reading.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No, I look forward to additional books in the series.
To whom would you recommend this book? Young history buffs will devour this delightful story. It is also perfect for reading aloud. Students will also be exposed to a smattering of French words that are easy to decipher using context clues.
Who should buy this book? Elementary and public libraries
Where would you shelve it? Picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes!
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Linda Broderick, Lincoln Street Elementary School, Northboro, MA
Date of review: 5/2/2021