Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett

When you were a kid, did you ever read an adorable children's picture book and think to yourself, "I could make this story so much better by drawing some explosions and fight scenes"?  If yes, then you'll feel right at home in Battle Bunny.

This book is a wonderful concept. Alex, the presumed owner of the book, Birthday Bunny, decides to improve upon this sappy story with his pencil and boyish imagination.  So he scratches out some letters, rewrites a few words, and adds some weaponry and scars to the illustrations to create his improved version: Battle Bunny.

The battle bunny wakes up one day and decides to launch his evil plan to destroy the forest.  Various animals (and Presidents Obama and Lincoln) try to stop him, but the battle bunny is too strong!  Will the battle bunny succeed in his sinister plans of deforestation?  What can stop an eye-patch sporting saw-wielding rabbit?

This book is absolutely perfect for young readers who enjoy humorous stories.  Reluctant readers, especially boys, will also find lots to appreciate in this book.  The authors have truly tapped into the elementary school-aged psyche with this "revised" story.  Children and those young at heart will enjoy it equally.  Though you may want to have a discussion after reading this about how drawing in library books is a bad idea...

If you're looking for more humorous picture books that are non-traditional in style, check out any of Mo Willems' many Elephant and Piggie stories.


Anonymous said...

This book is inventive and somewhat funny, but not as a readaloud in a storytime. It is one of those new books that may be thought of as delightful for certain children and adults, but it does promote defacing the printed page in a wink-wink, nudge-nudge way.

Carolyn said... liked it too. I think it would be great to use with a child who was not an enthusiastic reader, one-on-one.

Carolyn said...

And now it has won an award!