Battle Bunny

16702384Title: Battle Bunny

Author: Jon Scieszka and Marc Barnett

Illustrator: Matthew Myers

Publisher:Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Year: 2013

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)

Finally, the president calls Alex for help. Battle Bunny attacks Alex. But he didn’t count on one thing… today is Alex’s birthday too and Alex has special birthday powers as well! iwin


In the end, it appears that Battle Bunny’s evil plot has been foiled! Muwhahahahah!

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12 Responses to “Battle Bunny”

  1. lauraboffa February 27, 2015 at 10:07 PM #

    What a great concept! I haven’t read a new Jon Scieszka book in ages, and he is one of my very favorites. Thanks for introducing me to this one!


  2. Linda E.H. February 27, 2015 at 6:29 PM #

    Hilarious concept for a both. Those illustrations are golden.


  3. Joyce Tucker February 27, 2015 at 5:33 PM #

    That is too funny! I love how the plot is created within the book itself by the bunny. Would certainly be a great book to use to help students write!


    • Juliana Lee February 28, 2015 at 10:30 PM #

      Great idea! I’d love to see how that works out.


  4. thelogonauts February 27, 2015 at 5:01 PM #

    Oh my goodness, hilarious. My students will love this. Reminds me a bit of A Perfectly Messed Up Story.


    • Juliana Lee February 27, 2015 at 5:15 PM #

      I don’t know A Perfectly Messed Up Story, but I’m pretty sure your students will love Battle Bunny. At first it has the look of a Little Golden Book, but what these guys did to it are awesome!


  5. SevenAcreSky February 27, 2015 at 2:24 PM #

    Yes, this would get reluctant readers reading! I’ve seen reviews of this also, and have yet to get my hands on it. Great example of conflict! Thanks Juliana.


    • Juliana Lee February 27, 2015 at 5:16 PM #

      Funny, I was so intent on PLOT I hadn’t given any thought to CONFLICT. Just goes to show, a good book is great on many levels!


  6. ManjuBeth February 27, 2015 at 2:12 PM #

    The layout of Battle Bunny stands out. It probably appeals to a range of ages and reluctant readers.


    • Juliana Lee February 27, 2015 at 5:19 PM #

      I’m sure it does ManjuBeth, especially boys and/or reluctant readers. Fair warning, if you share this book at with your kids some of your sweet little stories may get a major transformation! 🙂


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