In Battle Bunny, young Alex lovingly defaces Birthday Bunny, the book his grandma gave him. Balloons turn into bombs; a bowl of "Carrot Crispies" turns into "Greasy Guts." It's a hilarious send-up of classic children's books, infused with a real kid's imagination. Recommended By Gigi L., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
Encourage creativity with this wildly entertaining picture book mash-up from the minds of Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett.
Alex has been given a saccharine, sappy, silly-sweet picture book about Birthday Bunny that his grandma found at a garage sale. Alex isn't interested--until he decides to make the book something he'd actually like to read. So he takes out his pencil, sharpens his creativity, and totally transforms the story!
Birthday Bunny becomes Battle Bunny, and the rabbit's innocent journey through the forest morphs into a supersecret mission to unleash an evil plan — a plan that only Alex can stop.
Featuring layered, original artwork that emphasizes Alex's additions, this dynamic exploration of creative storytelling is sure to engage and inspire.
"Scieszka and Barnett wonder what would happen if the young recipient of a dorky picture book, Birthday Bunny, decided to... improve its treacly text and soppy pictures, and make himself the hero to boot. Scrawling in pencil over the original story and its creamy, vintage-style oil images, Alex rechristens the book's main character, Birthday Bunny, as Battle Bunny, turning the floppy-eared cutie into a helmeted, eye patch wearing, saw-wielding global nemesis, complete with an Evil Plan and knowledge of 1,104 fighting styles. 'Today is Judgment day!' announces one of Battle Bunny's friends-turned-foes. 'Yes it is,' replies the warmongering rabbit. 'Judgment day for you!!!' Can anyone stop Battle Bunny? How about a certain boy who's very good with a pencil? Kids should absolutely not try this at home (at least not with library books), but they'll get plenty of vicarious laughs out of Alex's changes, which becomes so extensive and freewheeling that the original book (about an innocuous forest surprise party) is all but illegible. A hilarious and transgressive story with a clear message: Don't suffer schlock. Ages 59. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"An enthusiastically taboo, devil-may-care outing for combat fans — and a great writing inspiration to use on old books headed for the bin."
Kirkus (Starred Review)
"This deliciously subversive piece of metafiction skewers — with sharp wit and a sharper pencil — the earnest, purposeful literature so popular in the middle of the last century."
Booklist, starred review
"This is a perfect book to give independent readers who are looking for something a little different. The unique layout and design will inspire creativity in readers." School Library Journal, starred review
"Battle Bunny makes for great entertainment: it's funny, the plot builds, and the protagonist captivates readers' attention. It also begs to be reread and shared. Kids will be eager to compare notes and to relive it with their friends." Shelf Awareness
About the Author
Jon Scieszka is the creator of Trucktown, including the New York Times
bestselling Smash, Crash!
, and the author of The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!
, the Time Warp Trio series, Caldecott Honor Book The Stinky Cheese Man
, and many other books that inspire kids to want to read. He has worked as an elementary school teacher.
Mac Barnett is the author of the Brixton Brother series and several picture books, including Guess Again! and Chloe and the Lion (both illustrated by Adam Rex), and the New York Times bestseller Extra Yarn. He’s on the board of directors of 826LA, a nonprofit writing center, and founded the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, a convenience store for time travelers. Mac lives in Oakland, California.