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Alley & Rex: Bite the Bagel

by: Joel Ross  

Ages

9+
Oh no! The free breakfast cart has been CANCELED! Can Alley save the day and feed the hungry kids at school? With bunny boy genius Rex by his side, anything is possible…
Ages 9+
Pages 160
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Coming Apr 2023

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What the Book Is About

In this sequel to Alley & Rex, sixth-grader Alley Katz is upset when Principal Kugelmeyer closes down the school’s hugely popular breakfast cart due to a lack of funding. Not wanting hungry kids to miss their second (or first) breakfast of the day, Alley decides to create his own incredibly wacky and completely unappetizing doughnut-bagel hybrid. Luckily, some ingenious help from his friends – Mouse, who plays every sport in school, and Chowder, who’s always crushing on a boy or girl – saves the day. Big-hearted Alley is also determined to help his big-brained friend Rex when the gym teacher insists that Rex wear the official gym uniform instead of his usual bunny suit. Energetic illustrations match the tone of this hilarious story about odd-couple friends and how they help one another survive school.
 

Jewish Content & Values

  • Alley’s Grannie Blatt gives him a detailed lesson on tzedakah (social justice, charity). This understanding of tzedakah shapes Alley’s plan for saving the breakfast cart.
  • Alley demonstrates gemilut chasadim (helping others) when the gym teacher won’t let his friend Rex wear his bunny suit in class.

Content Advisory

Some minor romance, played for humor: sixth-grader Chowder is known for always having a crush, on anyone and everyone. He develops a crush on his friend Mouse throughout the course of the book, describes her as a lioness “stalking the savannah of [his] heart,” and even recites a (silly) love poem to her.
What the Book Is About

What the Book Is About

In this sequel to Alley & Rex, sixth-grader Alley Katz is upset when Principal Kugelmeyer closes down the school’s hugely popular breakfast cart due to a lack of funding. Not wanting hungry kids to miss their second (or first) breakfast of the day, Alley decides to create his own incredibly wacky and completely unappetizing doughnut-bagel hybrid. Luckily, some ingenious help from his friends – Mouse, who plays every sport in school, and Chowder, who’s always crushing on a boy or girl – saves the day. Big-hearted Alley is also determined to help his big-brained friend Rex when the gym teacher insists that Rex wear the official gym uniform instead of his usual bunny suit. Energetic illustrations match the tone of this hilarious story about odd-couple friends and how they help one another survive school.
 

Jewish Content & Values

  • Alley’s Grannie Blatt gives him a detailed lesson on tzedakah (social justice, charity). This understanding of tzedakah shapes Alley’s plan for saving the breakfast cart.
  • Alley demonstrates gemilut chasadim (helping others) when the gym teacher won’t let his friend Rex wear his bunny suit in class.

Content Advisory

Some minor romance, played for humor: sixth-grader Chowder is known for always having a crush, on anyone and everyone. He develops a crush on his friend Mouse throughout the course of the book, describes her as a lioness “stalking the savannah of [his] heart,” and even recites a (silly) love poem to her.