by Aline Alexander Newman
Published February 2016
National Geographic Children's Books
Review copy provided by publisher
These bunnies may look adorable, but there's more than meets the eye! In Rascally Rabbits, meet some rabbits that cause nothing but trouble, a rescue pup who will eat ANYTHING, and a sneaky bear with a taste for treats. Readers won't stop laughing as they read these hilarious--and completely true!--stories. Filled with engaging photos, fast facts, and fascinating sidebars, readers won't want to put this book down.
This installment in the National Geographic "True Stories of..." chapter book series is sure to be a hit with readers in middle grades. There are three sections in the book with stories about rabbits, a bear and a dog doing naughty things. Readers will be amazed, and maybe grossed out, by what one dog eats and how his owners discover it. They will be delighted by an unexpected friendship between a bunny and a goat and entertained by an uncooperative bear who keeps scientists hopping.
This short book contains 9 chapters, a table of contents, and an index. Of course, since it is published by National Geographic, the photographs are outstanding! Throughout the book, there are "Did You Know?" pop up facts and colored pages with animal facts to accompany the stories.
I have several students in my fourth grade class that loved the first book I read in this series, Hoops to Hippos. These books appeal to students who enjoy reading nonfiction, but might shy away from longer novels. This gives them a bit of both in one manageable and engaging book.
I would highly recommend this book (and series) for students in grades 3-5.