Posted by Venus on Friday, December 6, 2013
Labels: picture book review
Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka & Mac Barnett
Illustrated by Matthew Myers
Who wants to read a boring book about a Birthday Bunny? Sappy, sweet, and all-together forgettable, Alex decides to make this book a tale for the ages, converting the tale with his own pictures and story, one that requires a true hero in order to stop the Battle Bunny.
Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett are two very inventive picture book writers who aren't afraid to play around with traditional modes of storytelling. Mac Barnett had Chloe & the Lion with Adam Rex last year that broke down the 4th wall and was metafiction at its finest. Jon Scieszka's varying tales and retold fairy tales always made me smile. So what a great combination it is when children's writers work together. Battle Bunny is cute, deviously funny, and full of the kind of wit that any kid will love. My only fear/hope is that this book may encourage future storytellers to rework their "boring" picture books.