BC Mambo: Stone Rabbit, Book 1

 
Lots of action, thin plot in wacky graphic novel.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids learn the names of various dinosaurs. 

Positive messages

When you find yourself far from home in a crazy adventure, be brave, think on your feet, and use your wits to survive and get back home.

Positive role models

While Stone Rabbit isn't a great hero, but he does let prisoners out of their cages. The bad guy in this story, whose goal is to control the known world (Pangaea) through fast-food manipulation of the population, makes and uses slaves. It's indicated that he became evil because of a horrid childhood filled with teasing, bullying, and name-calling while adults stood by smirking and watching. Stone Rabbit himself does quite a bit of name-calling. 

Violence & scariness

There's much banging, hitting, whacking, and bonking throughout the story. Time travel begins and ends with Stone Rabbit getting hit in the head. Stone Rabbit is part of a fight in which he gets kicked, his ears pulled, a tooth gets knocked out, and he gets squarely punched in the face. Throughout the story, there are menacing creatures with huge teeth attempting to eat Stone Rabbit. He gets whacked by tails, gulped by pterodactyls, dropped from the sky, and bonked on the head by a giant boxing glove.

Language

Lots of name-calling: "Are you some kind of freak?" "What does it feel like to be so dumb?" "Look, duncecap ..." "Where's your laughter now, longears?" "Nice costume, doofus." "Crudmonkeys" is Stone Rabbit's catchphrase.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that BC Mambo is the first in the action-packed Stone Rabbit series of graphic novels. Kids will enjoy the wacky time-travel plot, the full-color visuals, silly humor, and short length (96 pages). But there's not a lot of character development. There's much banging, hitting, whacking, and bonking, and name-calling throughout the story. Stone Rabbit is part of a fight in which he gets kicked, gets his ears pulled, a tooth gets knocked out, and he gets squarely punched in the face. Throughout the story, there are menacing creatures with huge teeth attempting to eat Stone Rabbit. He gets whacked by tails, gulped by pterodactyls, dropped from the sky, and bonked on the head by a giant boxing glove.

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What's the story?

Stone Rabbit lives in the town of Happy Glades, where he is bored. One morning while flossing his teeth, Stone Rabbit gets hit in the head with a particle extracted by the floss. Suddenly the shampoo bottle becomes barbeque sauce, and a \"bottomless pit of doom\" opens up in his bathroom floor. When he falls through the pit, Stone Rabbit goes back in time and lands in a prehistoric world, complete with T-Rexes and velociraptors that want to eat him. He ends up in a society of prehistoric rabbit Neanderthals, who believe he is their god. Stone Rabbit and his barbeque sauce then become a key ingredient in the evil plot of a rogue prehistoric rabbit-man to rule the known world through fast-food burgers. Stone Rabbit must save the poor rabbit people and get back home.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

While BC MAMBO may appeal to kids who like comics and action-packed graphic stories, the plot is pretty thin and the transitions between scenes are not always clear. Readers may have to toggle back and forth to figure out what's happening. 

 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about graphic novels as a reading experience. Do you like following pictures rather than words? Can you follow the story easily? How is a graphic novel different than comics? 

  • What other graphic novels have you enjoyed? 

  • What you like about the character of Stone Rabbit? Does this book make you want to read more in the series? 

Book details

Author:Erik Craddock
Illustrator:Erik Craddock
Genre:Fantasy
Topics:Dinosaurs, Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Misfits and underdogs, Wild animals
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Random House
Publication date:January 13, 2009
Number of pages:96
Publisher's recommended age(s):8 - 12
Read aloud:8 - 12
Read alone:8 - 12

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Kid, 10 years old April 10, 2009
age 7+
 

It Was Okay...........

This book has a so-so idea supported by a very flimsy plot. There are chuckles every now and then, but not enough. The art work is good enough, but the author should improve on its plot.

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