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.
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 and is the founder of GuysRead.com, a literacy initiative for boys.
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.
Matt Myers has illustrated more than a dozen books, including The Most Terrible of All, A Dog Named Doug, the New York Times bestseller Battle Bunny, and The Infamous Ratsos, a Theodor Seuss Geisel honor book. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. You can see more illustrations and fine art at MyersPaints.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I enjoyed the premise that a child would "over-write" the text in a book to make the story their own. That said, the book didn't have as much of a story as I had hoped. Kids will connect with the scrawled illustrations, and there are a few chuckles to be had, but overall it is a bit one note joke in style.
This book gave me a great idea on an activity to do with students with books that are discarded or ripped. They can rewrite the book and make the book their own. Welcome to Battle Bunny. I laughed reading parts of this book and I think some children will enjoy this more than others as parts of it were about destruction and coming out ahead in the long run. I enjoyed it as I liked the way the author took the book and made it appear as if they deconstructed and rewrote it to fit their own needs (like a child would). I think this book would appeal to many children. The illustrator followed this same notion and added pictures to the original illustrations using a black/gray marker. Adding text above the original text, crossing text out, adding beginning and ending to words, the author created a completely different book. By crossing off letters the second page of this book reads, “I am a Battle Bunny” instead of the original text of “I am a Birthday Bunny.” Drinking brain juice and greasy guts instead of carrot juice and Carrot Crispies for breakfast these two bunnies are total opposites. Battle Bunny has super power over all his enemies and with no one to stop him he sets out to begin his evil plan. The pictures are funny and each page is full of illustrations as now there are added drawing accompanying the colored original illustrations. I would suggestion this book be geared to older elementary children as the word butt, insane, birdbrain, stratosphere, eliminate and megaton are mentioned.
This book is hilarious! What a great idea! Jon Scieszka's books are always a favorite.