Monday, December 23, 2013
by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett, illustrated by Matthew Myers
Simon and Schuster books for Young Readers, 2013. Unpaged. Picture Book
Put the zany minds of two amazingly talented guys like Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett together--have them write a book--and this story is exactly what you will get. When Alex's grandmother gets him a very childish and boring book called Birthday Bunny for his birthday, the boy knows exactly what to do to make the book just a tad more exciting. Crossing out and replacing words, adding extra flourishes and pencil-drawn pictures as he goes, Alex has soon refurbished the sappy book into a action-packed tale of a chainsaw wielding rabbit who has evil plans take over the whole world. This is a not to be missed, hilarious work of sheer genius. Older kids, and even adults, will find it especially hilarious. Younger children might have some trouble deciphering Alex's many scribbles and notations without help. The pencil script can get a little complex and--at times--can be a little confusing. (As shown in the picture below.) However, this is a very minor quibble. You should not let it stop you from putting this fabulous book on hold, immediately.