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Stone Rabbit Series

Time-travel comic mixes cartoon mayhem, some learning.

What parents need to know

Educational value

At the end of each book, there's a brief glossary to explain unfamiliar terms and time periods to young readers.

Positive messages

Standing up for friends and being brave are important in this series.

Positive role models

Stone Rabbit has his flaws, like name-calling, but he always stands up for his friends. He recognizes right from wrong and knows that absolute power can be harmful to the little guy. It's indicated that the bad guy in the story became that way because of a childhood filled with teasing, bullying, and name-calling.

Violence & scariness

There's quite a bit of cartoon violence in the series, accompanied by "bif...bam...pow!" Stone Rabbit is always up to his ears in mischief and mayhem, whether it's fighting dinosaurs or dueling pirates.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although there's quite a bit of fighting and treachery within this series, it's done in a very outrageous and cartoonish way. Stone Rabbit is always on the side of good ... even if it takes a push to get him there. He displays good judgment (most of the time) and always stands up for those in need. A brief glossary at the end of each book explains unfamiliar terms and time periods.

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What's the story?

Stone Rabbit is just living an ordinary life -- eating cereal, channel surfing, and hating Monday mornings. But when he least expects it, he finds himself transported back in time. Whether he's fighting dinosaurs or pirates or being forced to walk the plank, Stone Rabbit is always on the side of right. He knows that the important thing is to stand up for the little guy -- whether that's his best friend, Andy, or a race of ancient rabbits he's only met that day. No matter what the situation, Stone Rabbit will use his wits and his smarts to get him out of any situation.

Is it any good?


This funny, silly comic book series is a good bet for kids looking for light entertainment. While you'll find more cartoon mayhem than plot, the glossaries at the end of STONE RABBIT book with facts on past civilizations do add a degree of learning. The series could be the launchpad for forays into more complex historical fiction reads -- or at least graphic novels with a bit more substance.

The illustrations are whimsical and well drawn. Stone Rabbit's multitude of expressions are featured prominently throughout and will always bring a smile to the face of the reader. The extremely colorful and action-packed drawings definitely add that extra something to this amusing set of comic books.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about all the time travelling that Stone Rabbit does. Which time period would you most like to travel to?

  • Graphic novels have gotten very popular lately. Why do you think that is? What makes them fun to read? What do you think would be hard about telling  a story this way? 

Book details

Author:Erik Craddock
Illustrator:Erik Craddock
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Random House
Publication date:January 13, 2009
Number of pages:96
Publisher's recommended age(s):7 - 10

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Too much violence