Review: Battle Bunny

Posted on November 4, 2013

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BattleBunny coverBattle Bunny
Written by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett
Illustrated by Matthew Myers
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
October 2013
32 pages

At first glance it appears as though some mischievous child has scribbled all over this book. Upon closer inspection the extraordinary plot unfolds. From the inscription we learn that GranGran, apparently thinking Alex is still a toddler, has presented her “little birthday bunny” with this sappy picture book, “Birthday Bunny” on his “special day.” In response Alex, who is clearly not a toddler and maybe needs to lay off the video games, has taken a No. 2 pencil in hand and transformed the whiny little bunny into a ferocious farting rabbit with super powers. In Alex’s re-write it takes an army of bomb-throwing forest zombies, two presidents, and the real birthday boy to stop this psycho bunny from carrying out his Evil Plan, which involves a rocket.

Sciesczka’s and Barnett’s writing and Myer’s illustrations magically combine to create a rare comedic masterpiece that works on so many levels it’s impossible to describe them all. You must read it for yourself and savor the nuggets of nuance. Battle Bunny is wickedly funny.

Copyright (c) 2013 by Peggy Tibbetts

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