Reviews for Jungle Run


Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall
Told that she is too small to compete in the Jungle Run race, lion Cub proves that her diminutive stature is advantageous when she outmaneuvers the other animals through the course's obstacles. Generic but amiable cartoon illustrations and a sometimes stumbling meter don't add to the story, but the message that size is irrelevant to success will be empowering to preschoolers.

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Kirkus Reviews 2012 April #1
Free-spirited artwork with colors of psychedelic intensity smooths the rather fitful nature of this race through the jungle. The animals are getting ready for the jungle run. There's a hippopotamus, a rhinoceros, an elephant and other major players in the bestiary, so when "Cub turns up to take her place, / …the others say, ‘You're too small to race.' " But the rhyming text is too light-hearted to throw much of a wet blanket on the proceedings, and the cub proves to be an adept at the various obstacles on the course, quickly pulling into the lead as the python and gazelle get tangled in the vine net. At the rope swing, Cub makes like a pendulum while Elephant misses altogether and falls in the creek. The others use his sizeable noggin as a stepping stone, which seems a little unsporting. At the waterslide, Cub is suddenly found riding Elephant's back. Wasn't Cub well in the lead, calling an inauspicious "You can't catch me!" over her shoulder, as if tempting the Gingerbread Man's fate? Cub does win the race through no fault of her own, and the whole event becomes a distant afterthought to Parker-Rees' illustrations, with their cool jungle landscapes and radioactive colors. A joyful camaraderie closes the book, a welcome counterpoint to its earlier exclusivity, if another touch of randomness. Fun for one or two reads, but, unlike Cub, it probably won't have much staying power. (Picture book. 3-5) Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2012 June

PreS-Gr 1--When Cub wants to join in the Jungle Run, the other creatures say that she's too small. However, the race is through an obstacle course, and, at each impediment, her size lets her easily pull ahead. At the waterslide, elephant tumbles off his mat and takes a tangle of animals with him, but Cub manages to avoid the mess and finishes first. "The race is over and Cub has won. But they all joined in/and they all had fun!" Mitton's rhyming text, though occasionally strained, conveys the exuberance of the participants. The color, motion, facial expressions, and detail in the illustrations bring the story to life. Readers will enjoy seeing the disparate animals in surprising situations and will, of course, be rooting for the smallest one throughout. The end pages have a map of the course and may encourage some youngsters to design their own.--Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH

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