Battle Bunny

BattleBunny1-374x500Written by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett, Pictures by Matthew Myers

Alex receives a Birthday Bunny book as a present from his Gran Gran. He’s not too satisfied with the story and thinks the book is a “baby” book, so he makes some, um, minor modifications to the text and illustrations. Battle Bunny is the result. Via crossed out and added-in words and sketches, the birthday bunny is transformed into a villainous rabbit who uses his special birthday powers to enact a doomsday scenario on the forest, chopping down trees and defeating all the other woodland creatures with ninja and lucha libre fighting skills, killer robots, etc. Only Alex, sent in by the president himself, has the power to stop Battle Bunny from ending the world. This is a hilarious look at what some kids wish they could do (and sometimes do do) with the books and media they are given by well-meaning adults. This would work extremely well as the basis for a fun writing activity, and the authors actually provide a lesson plan and a full PDF of Birthday Bunny on their website so that you too can make your own version and modifications. Watch out, this might inspire some student creativity on some of the sappier books in your library.

Review by Joshua Whiting, Granite School District Library Media Program
Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 2 and Up

Book Website:

Battle Bunny
Written by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett, Pictures by Matthew Myers
Simon & Schuster
32 pages
Release Date: October 22, 2013
ISBN: 9781442446731 (hardcover)

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