Title: E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth’s Core!
Author: William Joyce
Series/Number: The Guardians #2
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Fairytale
Age: Children’s, Middle Grade
Page Count: 251
Publication Date: February 12, 2012
Themes: Friendship, Courage, Adventure, Stories
Pitch, the Nightmare King, and his Fearlings had been soundly driven back by Nicholas St. North and company in the first Guardians’ adventure. But now Pitch has disappeared completely—and out of sight does NOT make for out of mind. It seems certain that he’s plotting a particularly nefarious revenge, and the Guardians suspect he might have gone underground. But how can they find him there?
Enter E. Aster Bunnymund, the only emissary of the fabled brotherhood of the Pookas—the league of philosophical warrior rabbits of imposing intellect and size. Highly skilled in martial arts (many of which he invented himself), Bunnymund is brilliant, logical, and a tunnel-digger extraordinaire. If the Guardians need paths near the Earth’s core, he’s their Pooka. He’s also armed with magnificent weapons of an oval-sort, and might just be able to help in the quest for the second piece of the Moonclipper.
Of course I loved this one. It follows our heroes from the first book, Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King, and their continued battle against Pitch. In it we meet E. Aster Bunnymund, the being who will eventually become the Easter Bunny.
I love the take on these fairytales and how they have been reimagined. They expand on the stories and fables we have grown up with and flesh them out into a world filled with magic. We see more of the magic that North is learning and continue with the story of friendship and bravery. To avoid spoilers I will say that this installment of the story is still filled with the same joy and adventure as the first, while expanding on the characters we met in the first book.
Rating: 5/5 stars because again it is filled with whimsy and joy