One beautiful evening, in a peaceful meadow near a busy city, a cow chewed her cud.
The cow’s name was Hillary. She was a lovely cow. But her cud was not lovely. Cud never is.
In case you don’t know, cud is grass that a cow has chewed, swallowed, and then brought back up from its stomach to chew all over again. Disgusting? You bet.
But Hillary wasn’t disgusted by her cud. She thought it was delightful. She was enjoying herself, standing in a meadow, chewing her delightful cud, when . . .
VWOOOM! An intense white light shone down on Hillary from above. “Moo?” she wondered. Then the cow looked up and saw something very strange: a bright yellow spaceship, shaped like a submarine! It had two eyes and two big teeth painted on it.
And it was coming down toward the meadow. Quickly.
Hillary’s eyes bulged. She had no interest in sticking around to see who—or what—might come out of the spaceship. Quickly swallowing her cud (she could always bring it up again later), she ran out of the meadow to join her fellow cows. She decided to not tell them what she’d seen. She didn’t want them to think she was crazy.
VWHOMP! The yellow spaceship landed on the grass. A door opened, and out ran . . . three Rabbids.
The spaceship zoomed away, leaving the three Rabbids behind.
Just in case you’re not familiar with Rabbids, they look a little like Earth rabbits. But they’re not rabbits, and they don’t come from Earth. Rabbids are bigger than rabbits. And much, much more destructive. Some say Rabbids are going to take over our planet. Others say they’re going to destroy our planet.
One of the Rabbids turned to the other two Rabbids. Making a sharp gesture with his hand, he said, “Bwah bwah BWAH!” and ran out of the meadow. Since the other two Rabbids followed him, it’s possible he meant, “Follow me!” Or “Do what I do!” Or “I suggest we all run out of this meadow immediately!”
They hadn’t run very far when they reached the edge of the brightly lit city. The front Rabbid saw something and stopped so suddenly that the other two Rabbids bumped into him. THUNK!
“Bwoooooh!” he cooed, his voice full of wonder.
He was staring at a fire hydrant.
The leader Rabbid raised his hand in greeting and said, “Bwah bwoh bweeeeh bwoh bwah bwah.” Which might have meant “Take me to your leader.” Or “Pleased to meet you.” Or possibly, “Do you happen to speak Rabbid?”
The fire hydrant said nothing. It did not speak Rabbid. Or French. Or any other language. This fire hydrant, like all fire hydrants, didn’t speak at all.
The Rabbid started to get annoyed with the silent fire hydrant. He waved his hand in front of it. He tapped it. Thumped it. Slapped it. Ouch. That hurt.
Finally the Rabbid grabbed the hydrant and gave a mighty twist. The other two Rabbids jumped in to help their leader. They twisted as hard as they could, until . . .
The hydrant shot a column of white water straight up into the sky.
And on top of that geyser was the leader Rabbid. “BWAAAAAHHH!!!” he screamed as he rode the powerful jet of water.
At first the other two Rabbids didn’t know where their leader had gone to. “Bwah?” they asked, looking around, puzzled.
Then one of them thought to look up and spotted the leader on top of the water, tumbling and sputtering. He pointed and laughed. “BWAH HA HA!” When the third Rabbid saw what the second Rabbid was pointing at, he laughed hysterically too.
While they were laughing, the leader fell off the tower of water, landing right on top of them. THWUMP!!!
The three Rabbids stood up with their eyes rolling around. Then they shook themselves off and then started running toward the heart of the city.
The fire hydrant just kept shooting water up into the sky. It didn’t care that the Rabbids were back.
But soon, everyone else would. . . .
Case File #2 New Developments
Special Agent Glyker is hard at work tracking down the Rabbids—his job depends on it! Agent Glyker’s scary boss, Mr. Stern (who also happens to be his uncle), has issued him an ultimatum: capture a Rabbid OR ELSE!
But just when it seems like things might finally go Agent Glyker’s way, he has to choose between saving his job or saving his boss. What will the secret agent do?
Peek into Glyker’s top-secret files and laugh along as the Rabbids stay one step ahead of the poor agent…for now!
Rabbids TM & © 2014 Ubisoft Entertainment.
- Simon Spotlight |
- 96 pages |
- ISBN 9781481402040 |
- July 2014 |
- Grades 2 - 5 |
- Lexile ® 590L