Lapin Plays Possum by Sharon Arms Doucet
Trickster Tales From the Louisiana Bayou

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Nobody is as good at being bad as Lapin!

As long as there are fools to be fooled, Lapin figures he might as well do the fooling. He can’t resist playing tricks on Bouki any more than he can turn down King Cake at Mardi Gras. As for Bouki, he is so tired of being hoodwinked by this do-nothing rascal of a rabbit that he is determined to get the best of the puny trickster once and for all (and maybe even get a little rabbit cooked in sauce piquante on the side). As always, however, little triumphs over big and brains bewilder brawn in three new larger-than-life Lapin tales full of sly wit and Cajun spice – perfectly captured in Scott Cook’s impish, irreverent pictures.

Lapin may be small, but when the smarts were handed out, he got himself an extra helping. As fans of this picayune prankster know, “Size ain’t everything in this world. It’s what you do with what you got that matters!”
 

About Sharon Arms Doucet

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Sharon Arms Doucet's Why Lapin's Ears Are Long was praised by The Horn Book: “the ambiance bounces out of the bayou like an alligator 'dancing a Cajun two-step.'” She lives in Lafayette, Louisiana. Scott Cook has created many books for children. He lives in Sandwich, Massachusetts.
 
Published May 7, 2002 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 64 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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PLB 0-531-33041-9): Compäre Lapin (a.k.a., Bre'r Rabbit) is the trickster rabbit of West Africa whose exploits, translated to Louisiana in the holds of slave ships, became the stuff of Creole and Cajun folktales.

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Bouki almost turns the tables in the variation of the classic tar baby story, but Lapin returns to his roots—or rather briars—to win in the end.

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Later known as Br'er Rabbit, Compere Lapin stars in this collection of stories from the first stop on the famously sassy bunny's literary immigration from Africa to Louisiana.

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Pranks prevail on the bayou when lollygagging Compère Lapin (aka Brer Rabbit) takes on Compère Bouki (which means "hyena") in these three lively folktales from the Pelican State.

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