Author: Jon Scieszka and Marc Barnett
Illustrator: Matthew Myers
Publisher:Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Story Element PLOT
Beginning, Middle, and End
Problem and Solution
Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action
All of these are definitions of PLOT. All stories have a plot line. Some stories have more than one plot line. Battle Bunny is a picture books in which the plot has been changed before you read it.
This book begins on the cover if you know what’s happening. There are clues on the copyright and title pages too. Battle Bunny was actually a book called ‘Birthday Bunny’. The title is erased on the cover and scratched out on the title page. Letters are changed and details are drawn and written on the cover and pages inside. And Alex has added his name to the authors’ and the illustrator’s names.
There is a handwritten note on the title page from Alex’s grandma.
Happy Birthday Alexander! To my little birthday bunny on his special day. Love, Gran Gran
Obviously, Grandma doesn’t know what Alex likes, beginning with how he wants to be called Alex, not Alexander. And especially the fact that Alex does not enjoy reading about sweet little birthday bunnies. So Alex changes the book to better reflect what he would rather read… Battle Bunny.
If you read carefully, you can see the original Birthday Bunny plot and the subsequent Battle Bunny plot which takes it’s place. Below is the plot for Battle Bunny. (If you really want to ready about Birthday Bunny, I suggest you get a copy for yourself. I’ll bet, like Alex, you prefer Battle Bunny.)
Bunny wakes up on his birthday. Today he is not just a bunny. Today he is a Battle Bunny! He makes himself his favorite breakfast of brain juice and greasy guts. Battle Bunny gets ready to demonstrate his super birthday powers over all his enemies as he puts his Evil Plan into action. Alex learns of Battle Bunny’s evil plan and alerts the president. The crow, the badger, and the squirrel try their best to stop Battle Bunny, but he thwarts their efforts and takes his throne.
In the picture below you can see Battle Bunny sitting on his throne while Alex desperately offers the president his help. But instead the president calls in the Kenji Fighting Force.
The president sends in the ninja Bear and Turtle, but Battle Bunny uses his 1104 fighting styles on them and they surrender. Then Battle Bunny retreats to his special Evil Plan Place where he can launch his evil plan. (see below)
In the end, it appears that Battle Bunny’s evil plot has been foiled! Muwhahahahah!