Once in a great while a story comes along that blows the doors off the genre of picture books.
Battle Bunny is that book. But not because my students (mostly boys) loved it.
This book is a brilliant commentary on the disconnect between literacy and boys.
Battle Bunny is really two stories. One is a spot on basil reader. For the uninitiated: basils are normally anti-action, blasé stories no self respecting author would put their name on. (But reading textbooks are littered with them.)
Scribbled into the book we find the second story; and it’s everything many boys love about cartoons and comic books (that publishers wouldn’t dream of putting in basil readers).
I can’t do this justice without showing you. So…
It starts like a basil. It’s cute. It’s clean. It’s SO “G” rated that I’m going to either fall asleep or be sick!
Then, “Alex” – the boy who owns the book – starts changing the story by writing and drawing on it.
Then he goes nuts, turning this boring tale into an epic adventure staring Alex!
The time is ripe. Thousands of other “Alexs” are waiting for us to narrow the gap between literacy and boys… BRING IT!