E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth's Core

E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth's Core - William Joyce This is the second book in the "Guardians" series - the next ones are due out this fall, just before the movie version of the series comes out. I DO like these books - they were written in response to a question from the author's child. "Do all the fairy tale characters know each other?" So William Joyce set out to, in effect, create a mythology where they DO all know each other.

Very inventive, very whimsical, and I love Joyce's illustrations. They are a good fit for a fairytale. But I still feel like there is something missing in these books, some depth that is lacking. There's no primal "a-ha" or "yes" of recognition to these characters, no real sense of universal or collective identification with the story because it IS new, and totally from Joyce's imagination. Maybe in time, the story will acquire that depth. Maybe I'm just too old to be able to accept his world as a given. ;)

I do still like the books - and the character of Bunnymund - a lot. (There are still grammatical errors that make me cringe, though.) And I do look forward to the books on the other two fairytale heros: Toothiana, Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies, and the Sandman (who does not speak). I love the theme of protecting children's' dreams, saving them from nightmares (Pitch, the Nightmare King), and the innocence of believing in magic. Maybe I'm not too old yet. :)