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

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

(Book #2 of The Guardians)
Illustrated by: William Joyce
For Ages: 7 - 11
  • reading group guide
Forget the bunny trail.…In this addition to the groundbreaking series from the legendary William Joyce, Guardian E. Astor Bunnymund is on the warpath.

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.

This second book in The Guardians series is about much more than fixing a few rotten eggs—it brings the Guardians one step closer to defeating Pitch!
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  • Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 
  • 272 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442449916 | 
  • February 2012 | 
  • Grades 2 - 6 | 
  • Lexile 790L
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"A fabulous recapturing of an old, real fairytale world. Dark. Mysterious. Stunning!" --MAURICE SENDAK, Caldecott-winning creator of WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE

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Reading Group Guide

A Reading Group Guide for

E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the
Earth's Core
(part of the Guardians series)

by William Joyce

Discussion Questions

1. William the Absolute Youngest commented that he was afraid Pitch’s magic might be stronger than Ombric’s magic. He was reminded of what Ombric always said, “Magic’s real power is in the believing.” When one watches a magic show and understands how the “trick” is performed, does the “magic” disappear?

2. Who was in charge of the library when Ombric was away? What qualifications did this character possess to take care of the library?

3. While Ombric was away from his village, he was able to see and comfort the children and villagers. How did he communicate with the village? How did he comfort each individual child? What are ways we can communicate with and see others from great distances?

4. North sent a package to every child. Every package was special to that child. What was North able to do to make these presents perfect for each child?

5. What was in the big box? What was so special about this present?

6. Katherine had made a magical sketchbook which allowed the drawings and words she wrote to come alive on the page. Is this so magical? Do some stories just come to life in your mind as you read them? Can you visualize the action and setting if the descriptions are written well see more

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William Joyce
photograph (c) Tony Reans

William Joyce

William Joyce does a lot of stuff—films, apps, Olympic curling—but children’s books are his true bailiwick (The Numberlys; The Man in the Moon; Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King; A Bean, A Stalk, and a Boy Named Jack; and the #1 New York Times bestselling The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, which is also an Academy Award–winning short film, to name a few). He lives with his family in Shreveport, Louisiana.

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