From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 4. Doucet has done a first-rate job adapting these three Creole-Cajun folktales. All involve Compere Lapin, a tricky rabbit counterpart to Br'er Rabbit. The stories flow smoothly and have a natural south Louisiana cadence, making them excellent choices for storytelling and reading aloud. Catrow has created a memorable protagonist: a cocky, bright-eyed rabbit with enormous ears. The other animals are also drawn in a lively, colorful cartoon style with plenty of humor and character?perfect complements to the narrative. An introduction places Compere Lapin in the spectrum of American folklore and lists the original collectors of the tales. This book offers a slice of folklore from a unique culture. Perhaps more of these tales will be published, for "rumor has it...that Lapin's still conjuring up tricks and giving dee-mon-stree-ations of Trouble all up and down that Louisiana bayou."?Judith Constantinides, East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
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Gr. 4^-6, younger for reading aloud. With cartoonlike illustrations that fill up and sometimes explode off the page, these three entertaining pourquoi
folktales from Cajun country show rabbit in his glory as a trickster character. Compere Lapin may not be big or strong, but he is definitely clever enough to trick others into giving him what he wants. Being good at being bad is what he enjoys most. The antics of Doucet's Louisiana rabbit parallel those of both Br'er Rabbit of the American South and Sungura of East Africa, but children may also have fun comparing Lapin's tricks to the adventures of their personal trickster favorites, such as Anansi, the coyote, and Kancil the Malaysian mouse deer. The author includes a glossary and the names of five collectors of south Louisiana's folktales. Karen Morgan